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January: Andrew Baggaley

Andrew Baggaley - photo by the ITTF– photo provided courtesy of the ITTF

SD Sport’s spotlight feature returns for 2016, and England’s Andrew Baggaley is our player of the month following his success at the 2016 World Championship of Ping Pong at Alexandra Palace, London.

Born in 1983 in Northampton (England), Andrew Baggaley began playing table tennis at the age of four with his mother in their back garden and has since gone on to enjoy a successful career in the sport. He made his England junior debut aged 12 at the European Cadet Championships and went on to win European Youth medals in the cadet and junior categories.

His senior debut came at the French Open in 1997 (14) and he also represented England at the World Table Tennis Championships in the same year.

Baggaley is a three time winner of the England National Seniors competition (2002, 2008 and 2010), and at the time of his first title he was the youngest player to win the men’s singles event (19). Baggaley is still only one of three players to have won the title as a teenager. He has also picked up several Commonwealth Games medals including: two golds (Manchester 2002 and Melbourne 2006), two silvers (Delhi 2010 and Glasgow 2014) and a bronze in 2010.

The 2015 World Championship of Ping Pong saw Andrew Baggaley win the competition for the first time beating Germany’s Alexander Flemming in the final, and Baggaley successfully defended his title at the 2016 WCPP (bt Maxim Shmyrev) to win $20,000.

Baggaley currently plays for Zooleszcz Gwiazda Bydgoszcz in Poland, and has played for clubs in England, Belgium, Spain, France and Germany in his career. He is coached by Stephen Baggaley who also happens to be his brother.

 

Andrew Baggaley vs Hasan Juma (2013 Qatar Open) – video kindly provided by ttlondon2012