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Sam Chesterman sees benefit of self-belief at Junior National Cup

Table tennis player Sam Chesterman. Picture: Michael Loveder
Table tennis player Sam Chesterman. Picture: Michael Loveder

Cambridge youngster to work on approach to matches

Sam Chesterman has vowed to believe in himself more after feeling he could have done a lot better in the Junior National Cup.

Table Tennis England invited 10 of the highest-ranked young players in the country to compete against each other on a round-robin basis, with Cambridge teenager Chesterman being ranked ninth.

He finished where his ranking suggested he should, but he believes he could have achieved more than his one win.

“I feel like I played well, but I could have done a lot better against the higher seeds if I’d believed more, so it’s the mental side I need to work on,” said Chesterman, 16.

“My belief was better in the last match and that was the one I won.”

Chesterman’s success came against Artur Veeck Caltabiano, taking the honours against the player ranked below him 4-1 (9-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8, 11-7).

He took eventual bronze medallist Joe Cope to a deciding set before losing 4-3 (12-14, 11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7) and also lost 4-3 to fourth seed Gaurav Aravind (9-11, 11-2, 11-8, 11-7, 3-11, 7-11, 11-5) in another tight battle.


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