Tshepiso Rebatenne of Nhabe Table Tennis Club beat the country’s number one, Boitshwarelo Butale 3-2 to win her first title of the year in the Botswana-Chinese closed tournament (super singles) that was held at Botswana College of Agriculture (BCA) in Sebele on Sunday.
This was the fifth installment of the tournament since its establishment in 2010, even though it was put on hold last year due to financial constrains. The contest pitted local top 8 senior players and top 4 juniors from both male and females section together with few Chinese residents in Botswana. The ladies section comprised Boitshwarelo Butale who is ranked 1st in the country, Matshediso Osi, Tshepiso Rebatenne and Namibo Mbulawa amongst the others while Thobo Matlhatsi and Tlotlo Kgosimore headlined the men’s section.
Enroute to the finals Rebatenne demolished Matshidiso Osi 3-0 to set up a mesmerizing final with the Country’s number 1 Boitshwarelo Butale for the third time this year. Rebatenne said the victory marked the revival of her long lost form which dented her efforts to win the league title and other previous tournaments.
“I am training hard day by day in order to regain my form ahead of upcoming local and international tournaments. I am happy because I can see improvement in my play, more especially my attacking tactics,” she said.
Boitshwarelo Butale recently dethroned Rebatenne in position two of the latest national BTTA rankings even though they both failed to win the Celiat Construction BTTA league, handing it to Matshidiso Osi of Smash Maniacs table tennis club last month. Rebatenne was part of the national team that represented the country at last year’s All Africa Games that were held in Congo Brazzaville and the Zone 6 championships at Namibia.
In the men’s section Yang Baoshen of China shattered the on form 2016 BTTA League champion Thobo Matlhatsi’s dreams of clinching the second title of the year in the absence of his Rival Bonolo Mabote. Baoshen beat Kudzanai Motswagole and Thobo Matlhatsi 3-1 to walk home P1, 000 richer.
BTTA events manager Kudzanani Motswagole says the tournament was a success and a true reflection of growth of the sport in the country.
“We incorporated our fellow Chinese residents who are experts in the sport of table tennis in order to assist with development skills in our efforts to better the standards of table tennis in Botswana,” he said.