Carey nets Ulster treble as Kleinert rips up the script
Wales' Charlotte Carey scored a treble at the Douglas Huston Ulster Open Table Tennis Championships in Lisburn, but German Daniel Kleinert took the top Men's prize from under the nose of a number of favourites.
Nineteen-year-old Charlotte survived an early scare to defeat the vastly improved Katie McGlone (Dublin) in the Women's final, having earlier grabbed the Women's Doubles title with her singles opponent. She also clinched Mixed Doubles success with boyfriend Gavin Maguire.
Maguire went out to Kleinert in the Men's semis, while Ashley Robinson (Clogher) got the upper hand over Irish No.1 Paul McCreery (Saintfield).
Robinson fought bravely in the decider but in the end was no match for Kleinert.
Robinson did win the Men's Doubles with McCreery, but it was little consolation for a man who craves singles glory.
John Murphy (Ulster High Performance Coach) was pleased with the continuing progress of many of his elite players, picking out Owen Cathcart, Zak Wilson, Conor Nugent and Sophie Early for special mentions.
Murphy was overwhelmed at the success of the Lisburn Castlereagh Council supported Ulster Open, which was hailed by many of the 196 competitors - drawn from Scotland, Germany, England, Wales, Sweden and Ireland - as a professional event.
Douglas Huston Ulster Open Table Tennis Championship Results: Men's Singles: Semi-final: D Kleinert bt G Maguire 3-1; A Robinson bt P McCreery 3-1. Final: Kleinert bt Robinson 3-1.
Women's Singles: Semi-final: C Carey bt M O'Reilly-Egan 3-0; K McGlone bt K Cheer 3-1. Final: Carey bt McGlone 3-1.
Men's Doubles: P McCreery/A Robinson bt Z Wilson/P Graham 3-1.
Women's Doubles: C Carey/K McGlone bt H Lynch-Dawson/C O'Halloran 3-0.
Mixed Doubles: G Maguire/C Carey bt A Walsh/K Cheer 3-0.
Masters Singles: P McLoughlin bt W Cheery 3-1.