Liam Pitchford and Joanna Drinkhall claim national titles

Liam Pitchford (left) and Joanna Drinkhall

Liam Pitchford and Joanna Drinkhall have won the men's and women's English senior national table tennis titles.

Pitchford, 20, beat Paul Drinkhall 4-2 in a repeat of the 2011-12 and 2012-13 finals as he retained his crown.

"I've had a good season in Germany and I'm playing well. I'm just hoping to keep improving," said Pitchford.

Joanna Drinkhall, 26, who married Paul in August 2013, denied Kelly Sibley a fourth consecutive title with a 4-2 win in Sheffield.

"I'm really chuffed. It's always a hard match against Kelly and it means so much to me to win," said Drinkhall.

"When it's your goal and you fail to reach it three years in a row you think it might not be your turn.

"I was really consistent and didn't give her any cheap points - that was the difference."

Both sets of finalists also combined to claim the men's and women's doubles titles.

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