André Ho and Lily Zhang Capture ITTF-North America Cup Titles in Westchester

zhang_21_04_13-219x300Canada’s André Ho and the host nation’s Lily Zhang won the respective Men’s and Women’s titles at the ITTF-North American Cup in Westchester, New York on Sunday 21st April 2013.

Thus new champions were crowned but there was no change to the nationality of the winner. In 2011 Pradeeban Peter-Paul had won the Men’s title, one year agoit had been Pierre-Luc Theriault; both from Canada.

Meanwhile, in the Women’s event, the name of the winner in 2011 had been the same as in 2012; Ariel Hsing had been crowned champion on both occasions.

Runners Up Spot and Fifth Place
After two wins, Ariel Hsing had to settle for the runners up spot, for Pierre-Luc Theriault it was fifth place.

At the final hurdle, Lily Zhang, the second seed, recorded a five games win over Ariel Hsing, the top seed (11-7, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-9), after having overcome Tina Lin, also of the United States, in the semi-finals (11-6, 11-8, 11-6, 11-7).

Good Thinking
“Definitely feel good, I played well”, said Lily Zhang. I tried to calm myself down and tried not to think ahead, just be in present.”

The thinking worked!

Third Place
Third place went to Prachi Jha, likewise from the host nation.

After having suffered defeat at the hands of Ariel Hsing in the penultimate round, she overcame Tina Lin (14-16, 11-7, 12-10, 11-7) to gain the place predicted. She was the third seed and repeated the form she had displayed in December in Hyderabad at the Volkswagen World Junior Championships.

In the Indian city she had excelled, she did the same in the North American city.

Fifth Place
Fifth place went to Canada’s Anqi Luo with Angela Guan of the United States in sixth spot.

Also Success for Second Seed
Success for the second seed in the Women’s Singles event, it was success for the second seed in the counterpart Men’s Singles competition with André Ho overcoming Timothy Wang, the no.3 seed, in the final in six games (9-11, 11-8, 7-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-7), having at the semi-final stage overcome Allan Wang, also from the United States, in five games (11-7, 7-11, 15-13, 11-4, 11-9).

“My forehand was fast, my technical approach was good”, said Andre Ho, after beating Allan Wang. “The final was a very, very tough match, I think I played better than my semi-final match; I knew I was able to step up and I was able to do it.”

World Cup Qualification
Third place belonged to Allen Wang; he accounted for colleague Peter Li in the play-off contest (11-4, 11-4, 11-4, 10-12, 11-5) with Pierre-Luc Theriault finishing in fifth place ahead of Canadian colleague, Xavier Therien.

Third Place
Lily Zhang qualifies to compete in the STARTS Women’s World Cup to be staged in Kobe, Japan from Saturday 21st to Monday 23rd September whilst Andre Ho qualifies for the LIEBHERR Men’s World Cup to be held in Verviers, Belgium from Friday 25th to Sunday 27th October 2013.