The top four seeds in the Women’s event at the ITTF-North America Cup in Westchester, New York, duly finished in first place in their group stage matches on Saturday 20th April 2013.
It was a successful day for the United States trio of Ariel Hsing, Lily Zhang and Prachi Jha, the respective top three seeds, as it was for the fourth seed, Canada’s Anqi Luo.
However, in the counterpart Men’s competition there was one upset.
Canada’s Pierre-Luc Theriault and André Ho, the respective top two seeds both secured first places in their respective groups without too many alarm bells ringing.
Equally, without too many heartaches; it was first place in the group for Zhang Yahao of the United States but for the latter’s colleague, Timothy Wang, the no.3 seed, there was defeat.
Rose to Occasion
He had to settle for second place in his group ahead of compatriot Khao Nguyen but behind Canada’s Xavier Therien.
Rising to the challenge, the Canadian accounted for Timothy Wang in a close five games duel (8-11, 11-6, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6) and Khao Nguyen more comfortably (11-9, 11-8, 11-7).
Meanwhile, Timothy Wang overcame Khao Nguyen in four games (11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8).
Former North American Champion
Defeat for Timothy Wang against a most worthy player.
He has excelled in the continental competitions in the past.
In 2009 he won the Men’s Singles title at the North American Championships in Laval; he qualified for the LIEBHERR Men’s World Cup in Moscow, finishing in third place in the Intercontinental Cup.
All Qualify for Second Stage
The defeat of Timothy Wang by Xavier Therien was the one upset in the group stage of proceedings and the effects of the reverse are not terminal.
All 12 players in both the Men’s and Women’s events progress to the main.
Players finishing in first place in each of the four groups received a bye to the quarter-finals, the remaining players compete in the opening round.