Daniel Bajada crowned national champion for third time

Thursday, June 27, 2013, 9:15

20 year-old Daniel Bajada has been crowned local national champion for the third time in four years after winning the Mens Singles title at the 61st National Table Tennis Championships that were held at the University Sports Complex at the weekend.

Having reached the final after previously beating four opponents, Bajada then faced up and coming Andrew Gambina in the final. Gambina was quick off the blocks clinching the first set 11-8 however Bajada quickly recovered winning the following two sets 11-8 and 13-11. Bajada’s resurgence continued throughout by notching the remaining two sets 11-7 to wrap up a comfortable 4-1 victory.

There was further success for Bajada in the Mens Doubles competition when he also won top prize after teaming up with former national champion Edward Baldacchino. Having reached the final after three victories, Bajada and Baldacchino opened a two set advantage in the final against Matthew Micallef and Alex Soler, 12-10, 11-6 however the latter got back into the game by claiming the third set 11-9. Yet, Bajada and Baldacchino were not to be outdone as they showed their superiority in the following two sets with clear 11-5 and 11-1 wins, thus emerging worthy winners with a final 4-1 scoreline.

These victories surely wrap up a positive season for Bajada. After having helped his Italian Serie B1 side ASD Fiaccola clinch third place, a month ago he also won the bronze medal together with Simon Gerada in the Mens Teams event at the Games for the Small States of Europe in Luxembourg.

A number of other Italian clubs are eying Bajada’s signature for next season though offers have also been received from German and Swiss clubs.



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