Liam Pitchford and Joanna Drinkhall claim national titles

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.