Walker fights back to earn spot in Hungarian Open last 32

Sam Walker
Sam Walker

Worksop table tennis star Sam Walker secured one of the biggest wins of his career last week, beating a man 198 places ahead of him in the world rankings.

And Walker had to do it the hard way, coming back from 3-1 down to reach the last 32 of the Hungarian Open.

The teenager, ranked 268 in the world, trailed to number 79 Kalinikos Kreanga of Greece in his last 64 clash in Budapest.

But he dug deep and turned the tie around to take the next three sets, eventually winning 4-3 (6-11, 11-6, 8-11, 2-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8).

That followed his final preliminary round victory over world number 168 Jeremy Petiot, the Frenchman taking the first set but going down 4-1 to the former Valley student.

Walker’s run came to an end in the last 32 when he lost 4-2 to another Frenchman, Antoine Hachard.

In the Under 21 singles, Walker went two stages further, reaching the quarter-finals.

He beat Chia-Sheng Lee of Taipei 3-2, withstanding a comeback from his opponent to triumph 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 9-11, 11-6.

Walker then eliminated Asuka Sakai of Japan 3-0 before exiting the competition at the hands of Cheng-Ting Liao of Taipei who won 3-2.

In the doubles Walker and David McBeath were beaten Slovenian pairing Deni Kozul and Ludvik Persolja 3-2.