Walker upsets the odds to net Heritage Oil Open cash bonus

Sam Walker in action
Sam Walker in action

Sam Walker upset the odds to win the Heritage Oil Open and net a cash prize, in front of the television cameras at the BT Sport studios.

The Worksop table tennis star warmed up for the Commonwealth Games with a brilliant attacking display – despite being seeded a relatovely lowly 13th.

Walker fought his way through the group and early knockout stages at the K2 venue in Crawley to book a place in the finals day at the BT Sport studios.

And there he blitzed his two opponents 3-0.

He first saw off number two seed Adam Pattantyus of Hungary in the semi-finals before conquering Portuguese ace Enio Mendes 11-5, 11-6, 11-5 to lift the trophy and the £2,000 top prize.

Mendes had earlier upset top seed Liam Pitchford in a five-game semi-final, coming from 2-1 down to defeat the England number one 13-11, 12-14, 4-11, 13-11, 11-9.

Walker, 19, said: “I’m overwhelmed. I always believed I could do it but I never really expected to win.”

“Everyone expected Liam to be in the final but obviously Enio played well to beat him.”

“I went out really relaxed and tried to take the pressure off myself, without thinking about where it was, that it was in front of the cameras, or that it was for the trophy.”

“I was really focused on what I wanted to do and my tactics.”

“It’s a really unbelievable feeling after the hard work. “

“Now I’ve got the Commonwealth Games to look forward to and I can take this into the Games with me.”

The table tennis action took place at the BT Sport studio in London’s Olympic Park, and will be televised on BT Sport from 9 to 11pm on Saturday 12th July.