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Nicola wins Western Open title

ENGLAND S number one table tennis player Nicola Deaton was in devastating form as she took the Western Open Grand Prix title without losing a single game.

ENGLAND S number one table tennis player Nicola Deaton was in devastating form as she took the Western Open Grand Prix title without losing a single game.

The Barlborough ace defeated Dorka Nagy, of Hungry, 11-4, 11-4, 15-13 in the final at Bath after coming through a semi-final against another Hungarian, Barbara Kiss.

"I ve played two Grand Prix this season and won them both, which is a nice way to end the year," she told the Guardian.

"It has also given me confidence for upcoming tournaments including the event in Finland this week."

Nicola travelled to Helsinki yesterday for an international open tournament and hopes she can continue her winning start to the season.

But she expects the competition to be much tougher in Scandinavia, where some of the top players in the world are invited.

Nicola said: "If I get a good draw I feel confident I can really do some damage."

""But for international opens the standard is very tough and it will be difficult."

Even at this stage of the season, the England international already has one eye on the Commonwealth Games in Manchester next July and August.

The 25-year-old is eyeing a shot at the gold medal but knows she will have to play to her potential to achieve that goal.

Nicola said: "My main opposition is likely to be from Singapore and Australia because they have players of Chinese origin."

"It s something that I m really looking forward to competing in."

Not content with her busy table tennis schedule, Nicola is now also in her first year of studying for a psychology degree at the University of Nottingham.

But she is managing to keep with both pursuits just!

"It s a case of managing your time correctly and trying to juggle things as best you can," said Nicola.

"The university has high standards and I m working hard to meet them but I m also keen to make sure that doesn t affect my table tennis progress."

Nicola s trip to Finland is her last major tournament before the Christmas break.

 
 
 

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