Tomlinson braces for Watson's challenge
DEFENDING men's champion Simon Tomlinson has his sights set on retaining his title at the national table tennis championships next Friday at Excelsior High School auditorium.
However, the nation's number-one ranked table tennis player, though high on confidence following his victory at the Robo Pong event in Miami, believes he will face his toughest challenge from close friend and Jamaican teammate Kane Watson.
Tomlinson said he is ready to fight his good friend all the way to retain his national crown.
"We have the national championship coming up and I hope to get a victory there with the confidence I have coming off this victory in Miami. I am very positive right now," he told STAR Sports.
POSE A CHALLENGE
"I am the current number one and the national champion. I am looking to defend my title as best as I possibly can. My biggest competition will come from my good friend Kane Watson. He is a top player and will definitely pose a challenge to me winning again, but we are going to fight it out and we will see who comes out on top," he added.
Tomlinson, a 22-year-old UTech student, won the Under-24 singles event at the Robo Pong event. He said the tournament was one of his most challenging due to the quality of the opposition. However, his good showing has him going into next weekend's national championships brimming with confidence
"That tournament is one of most challenging I had to play, not just because of the amount of matches but quality of the players. The player I beat in the semi-final is the Latin American champion, so it's very hard to go there and compete against them.
"I was very happy to go there and compete. To be able to win was a very positive thing going into next year. The result was very good and I was pleased with how I managed the competition. I was very happy with that," he added.