'Best win in Australian history' by Cabba table tennis star
CABARITA'S table tennis sensation Kane Townsend has returned home from the 2015 World Team Cup in Dubai a success, touted as having one of the best wins in Australian history.
Part of the Australian men's team who in six previous attempts had never reached a quarter-final, Townsend set up a two-nil lead against Brazil when he beat 76th world ranked Cazuo Matsumoto.
Townsend had to adjust to Matsumoto's left handed pen-hold grip style to post a four games win (12-10, 14-12, 4-11, 13-11).
Queensland Table Tennis coach and director Cathy Townsend said beating Matsumo, who won the men's singles title at the 2013 GAC Group 2013 and the 2013 ITTF World Tour Spanish Open, was a pivotal moment in Townsend's career.
"Kane has played well against many highly ranked opponents previously ... we are really pleased with his progress after the World Cup," the coach said.
"This time he's broken the ice and started to beat them ... Matsumo has beaten some of the most top ranked players in the world ... so its a really good lead into the year of competition for Kane," she said.
"It (the win) is one of the best wins Australia has ever had."
Townsend motivated David Powell, who beat Thiago Monteiro (5-11, 11-9, 14-12, 15-13), giving Australia a two matches to nil lead.
But Monteiro and Gustavo Tsuboi combined to overcome Heming Hu and Townsend in the doubles duel (11-4, 11-9, 11-7), before Matsumoto beat Mr Hu (11-5, 11-9, 11-4) and Tsuboi overcame David Powell (11-9, 11-8, 11-8) to conclude the match.
Back at home today Townsend was resting after 48-hours in transit and was unable to comment.
Before taking off for Australia the 21-year-old told ITTF media:
"This is the biggest win of my life; Cazuo was the second best player I have ever played after Mengel yesterday".
Sports commentators in Dubai said Townsend, who currently has no world record ranking, had caused "the biggest upset of 2015".
You can catch Townsend, who is sponsored by the Casuarina Sports and Recreation Club and Nittaku, at the Australian Table Tennis Championships in June.
Originally set for a Sydney location, the championships will be held at Seagulls Bilambil, which will be a boon to the local economy.