Hansen and Saunderson dominate Namibian Nationals

01 Aug 2014 14:20pm

WINDHOEK, 30 JUL (NAMPA) - Namibian table tennis ace Ramon Hansen dominated the Namibian Nationals, which took place at the Police Table Tennis Club in the capital last Saturday. The Namibian Nationals were previously known as the Namibian Championships, but after much consideration, the Namibian Table Tennis Association (NTTA) decided to split the event into an open and closed tournament. The closed tournament allows only Namibian citizens - or those with permanent residence - to compete. A statement availed to Nampa by the NTTA on Wednesday said Hansen clinched the top spot in the single?s division, and also went on to win the double category with his partner Rudi Saunderson. In total, 17 of Namibia?s best players took part, with no significant absentees recorded. Due to the nature of the tournament, no NTTA ranking points were awarded. The statement said Hansen played in a class of his own throughout the tournament. He started off with a win against Kean Tait to move to the quarter-final, where he competed against Fabian Tait. After struggling in the first game (11:9), Hansen quickly regained the upperhand to convincingly beat his opponent in the next three games (11:4, 11:7 and 11:6) to book himself a place in the semi-finals. Here, the current number sixth-ranked player met Heiko Fleidl, who had moved past Michael Stevens to compete amongst the best four. Fleidl took the first match with a score of 11:2, but Hansen was far from being defeated as he stepped up his game to eventually win the next four games (6:11, 9:11, 8:11 and 4:11). In the final, Hansen faced Saunderson, who booked his place in the final match after a monumental effort against Wayne Green, the game being decided in a six-game thriller. Hansen was, however, unfazed by Saunderson?s impressive earlier win as he set the pace from the very beginning, leaving his counterpart with little chance. The game ended 11:7, 11:9, 12:10 and 11:5 in favour of Hansen, who received the prestigious Namibian Championship Men?s Singles trophy, which dates back to 1964, for his efforts. It was the second time that Hansen won the trophy. One title alone did not quench his winning thirst, though. Along with his singles? final opponent Saunderson, the man of the day also won the doubles? section, beating Fabian Tait and Reinhardt Stanley in the final (11:5, 11:5, 11:9, 11:4 and 11:6). In doing this, Hansen and Saunderson received the Namibian Championship Men?s Doubles trophy, which dates back to 1971. In other action, Theo Beukes won the single?s plate division after a hard-fought game against Roger Beukes. Both players come from the Eliminators Table Tennis Club. The next event is the Swakop Open, which is scheduled to take place on 23 August in Swakopmund. (NAMPA) HK/AS/TK