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TABLE TENNIS: Young Victoria makes top ten
11:00am Saturday 5th October 2013 in Sport
In less than two years since taking up the game seriously, 12-year-old Victoria Coll, from Abingdon, has risen to the dizzy heights of tenth-ranked English player in her age category.
It was back in July 2012 that Coll first came to national attention by winning enough matches in leading tournaments to gain a place on the England rankings, coming in then at No 45.
But her greatest improvement has come over the last four months, in which she has leapt up 24 places in the under 13 lists.
Her first breakthrough came at the 11-14 National Championships held at Tipton in June, when she reached the last 16 of her age group.
This was followed by successes in the open tournaments held at Cippenham (Slough), Waterside (Southampton), Burton and Draycott (Derby), in which she took several runner-up prizes.
Coll achieved notable victories over top ten players Sophie Barlow (Cleveland, ranked 3), Katie Holt (Hants, ranked 5) and Talia Banin-Reid (Middlesex, ranked 8).
She also took the Welsh No 1, Lydia John, to a deciding game.
She was introduced to the game by Karl Bushell, of Kidlington Forum TTC, where she now receives coaching.
Coll is also part of the South Regional squad, under the guidance of ETTA coach Aled Howell.
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