Su West From Thailand and Ikue Humphrey From Japan
REPORT, FROM ITTF UK
Unseeded Ikue Humphrey from Surrey played extremely well to be crowned Women’s Band 2 Champion following a terrific five set win after being two sets to love down, to come through in the final over Sue West from Dorset. Ikue did it the hard way by ousting top seed Gosia Muda at the quarter-final stage after enduring a four set victory against Steph Francis from the Grantham Academy. Sue’s path to the final was at the expense of secondseed Catherine Chen, and then she went on to dispose of Sally Hughes in a straight sets semi-final. Following her splendid performances in Women’s band 2,
Ikue Humphrey made it a brace of title wins later in the day by progressing again to take more glassware in the band 3 tournament, with a 3-0 victory over Sue West in the final. Sue gained a 3-0 victory over Steph Francis in the penultimate round to take her place in the final, with yet another meeting with Humphrey. Women’s Band 1 Hannah Hicks (Ha) beat Alice Loveridge (GGY) 11-2, 9-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9. Women’s Band 2 Ikue Humphrey (Sy) beat Sue West (Do) 6-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6, 13-11. Women’s Band 3 Ikue Humphrey (Sy) beat Sue West (Do) 11-7, 11-8, 11-5.