Andrew Baggaley World Ping Pong Champion For Third Time

(Photo: Michael Loveder)

Andrew Baggaley has won the 2019 World Championship of Ping Pong title, lifting the trophy for an impressive third time since the tournament’s formation in 2011.

Winner in 2015 and 2016 England’s Andrew Baggaley, 35, beat another three-time champion Maxim Shymrev in the last 16. Baggaley then survived a tough quarter-finals test against 2017 champion Yan Weihao and proved too strong for Chen Jie in the last four to reserve his place in the final.

Meeting 2018 champion Wang Shibo at the final hurdle, Baggaley came out on top in a thrilling full distance battle (15-10, 12-15, 15-8, 10-15, 15-6) to send the home crowd wild.

Following the conclusion of the match, Baggaley expressed his delight with the win and praised the fans for their support:

“It is the greatest of my wins, definitely. There are so many amazing players and to beat Maxim, who played very good all weekend, and the top Chinese players, it’s unbelievable and this is my biggest win for sure. It is the best atmosphere I have ever played in, it was unbelievable. It has been an amazing event and I am so delighted to have won it for a third time. It is a big achievement and I am thrilled.” – Andrew Baggaley

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