Heiko Fliedl won the senior title of the Namibian Table Tennis Association season opening championships in Windhoek recently after beating Reinhardt Stanley in the final.
The final saw a closely contested match with Fliedl eventually beating Stanley over five sets.
The Senior Division was contested in the singles category only, with men and women making up a mixed field of participants.
The round robin format was applied for the initial round, with quarter-, semi- and a final match for the top finishers of the round robin format.
In the semifinals Fliedl beat the current Namibian number two, Christa Mrozek, in straight sets with a score of 11-0, 11-6, 11-4.
In the other semifinal, the third seeded Reinhardt Stanley produced an upset by beating the current Namibian top ranked player Bastian Huster with a convincing straight sets victory. Stanley won the match 11-8, 11-6, 11-8.
Fleidl and Stanley put on a great show in the final, with exceptionally aggressive and determined play being demonstrated by both players. Fortuners swayed to and fro before Fliedl finally clinched a thrilling five-setter, 7-11, 12-10, 9-11, 11-7 and 11-5.
The outcome of the tournament, with Fleidl winning his first tournament since the inception of an official ranking since the beginning of 2011, should see some movement in the top positions of the National Ranking List, with either Fleidl or Stanley possibly displacing Hüster at the top of the list.
The Table Tennis Championships for the Senior Division were contested on February 13 and 14 at the SKW Sports Club.
The Junior Division season will officially start on 17 March in Rehoboth when the FNB Central Schools Championships will be held.
The rankings at the end of 2011 are attached.
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