6th Dec, 2016

Tennis star William Kitching nets Welsh singles title in Cardiff

Solihull Editorial 3rd Mar, 2016 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

WILLIAM Kitching looks set to have a bright future on the court after winning the Welsh Nationals Singles Championship.

The Solihull-born player was competing in only his second national event having got knocked out at the semi-final stage last year.

But this time around Kitching, who is studying for a degree in Sports Coaching Science at Worcester University, came away from the Sport Wales National Centre in Cardiff with the top prize against a much stronger field.

Kitching’s route to the final saw him beat Joshua Au Yeung 21-18 21-16 in a tough second round match before he comfortable dispatched Morgan Harding 21-9 21-7.

The semi- final proved to be a fantastic battle against Oliver Gwilt, who represented Wales at the 2014 Commonwealth Games but Kitching eventually won the 47-minute match 21-15 14-21 21-17.

In the final the Solihull player came up against number one seed Tsung Fung Mo who Kitching had lost out to before.

Again, the match was always going to be a hard battle with the first rally of the final lasting 59 shots.

Kitching went on to played some of his best badminton of the weekend to dominate the first game winning 21 – 10.

His opponent took the second game 21-10 and the third was point for point but fitness proved to be key and Kitching took the final 40-minute game 21-14 to win his first National Senior title.