BAGGALEY IS RECORD-BREAKING BETVICTOR WORLD CHAMPION

The Final
Alexander Flemming 2–3 Andrew Baggaley
15-14, 8-15, 15-14, 8-15, 14-15

Andrew Baggaley has won the BetVictor World Championship of Ping Pong for a record-breaking fourth time after beating Alexander Flemming 3-2 in an incredible final which will live long in the memory of the 1,500 capacity crowd in attendance at Alexandra Palace, London.

The Milton Keynes man had equalled Maxim Shmyrev’s record three titles last year and defended his title with a brilliant performance over an intense weekend. For Flemming, it was his third final defeat in this event having also come runner-up in 2015 and 2017.

The German drew first blood in the final, taking the opening set on a sudden death point. Baggaley, however, delivered a perfect response and levelled the match all by taking the second set 8-15.

Flemming regained the lead at the end of the third. Baggaley took his double-point Powerplay at 12-12 but couldn’t make it count. ‘Flash’ moved to a 14-12 lead before his English opponent forced it to 14-14, only to lose the deciding point.

Defending champion Baggaley asserted his dominance in the fourth, winning it 15-8 to take the match to a fifth and deciding set, much to the delight of the sold-out Alexandra Palace crowd, how had been treated to sporting entertainment of the very highest quality.

Fittingly, the deciding set went all the way. Baggaley was on the verge of victory at 14-11 but Flemming made him wait, taking the match to 14-14 in the deciding set, before the defending champion sealed his historic victory.

“This was the hardest final to win and it supersedes all of the other ones,” said Baggaley. “It is incredible, amazing, special. Thank you to everyone supporting me, to my brother, to everyone.

“My mind, my fight, my composure are my weapons. That was the best composure I have ever shown, I was quite calm, and physically strong. All around it was unbelievable.

“Alex is an unbelievable player. In training for this event he was beating me quite easily but I got some revenge today. He will win this one day, for sure. That was the best final we’ve ever seen. Better than my final against Yan Weihao. The quality was so high.”

Flemming said: “I can’t feel sad because it was a great final and I cant say I did anything wrong. Next time in training, Andrew, I won’t show everything to you! I hope to come back next year and get my revenge. He is insane on this table. He is a real champion.”He

The World Championship is a throwback to the early days of table tennis and is catapulting ping pong into the big league and onto the international television stage in front of sold-out crowds at London’s Alexandra Palace.

The BetVictor World Championship of Ping Pong will return in 2021. Full match results, schedule and draw information can also be found at www.worldchampionshipofpingpong.net. Follow the BetVictor World Championship of Ping Pong on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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