A surprise defeat in the first stage of proceedings, in the second stage it was a complete reversal of fortunes for Timothy Wang of the United States on home soil at the ITTF-North America Cup in Westchester, New York.
On the opening day of play, Saturday 20th April 2013, occupying the third seeded position in the draw, he suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of Canada’s Xavier Therien, the no.5 seed (8-11, 11-6, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6).
He finished in second place in the group with the Canadian in first place.
Fortunately for Timothy Wang, all 12 players from the opening phase progressed to the main draw, with the players finishing in first place in each of the four groups, receiving a direct entry to the quarter-finals.
Defending Champion Beaten
Timothy Wang duly emerged successful in his opening round contest beating Bermuda’s Dwayne Hill (11-2, 11-5, 11-2), before causing one of the first day’s biggest shocks.
He ousted Canada’s Pierre-Luc Theriault, the top seed and defending champion, at the quarter-final stage.
Rising to the challenge, Timothy Wang posted a most impressive three straight games win over the powerful Canadian (11-7, 11-8, 11-5).
Fourth Seed Falls
Defeat for the top seed and there was also defeat for the fourth seed, with the host nation’s Peter Li, the no.7 seed, being the man in form.
After overcoming Bermuda’s Zichari Young (11-1, 11-1, 11-1), he moved through the gears to record a five games win over compatriot Zhang Yahao (7-11, 12-10, 11-4, 10-12, 11-7).
It was a resounding defeat for Zichari Young, but the Bermudan was philosophical.
“The setup is awesome, players are great, I lost all of my matches”, reflected Zichari Young. “I am not ashamed of losing. I don’t have a coach, I coach myself; it is good to represent my country Bermuda, if Bermuda can get official coach that is what we need to get better.”
Equally, Zichari Young’s colleague, Dwayne Hill, who had experienced tough times on day one in Westchester was not downhearted.
“I should be given a medal just for participating, these guys are awesome; I am the President of the Bermuda Table Tennis Association”, said Dwayne Hill. “I am trying to lead by example; these guys are not my league, but just being here is plus for the island; I am trying to get table tennis started again.”
Furthermore, Dwayne Hill has definite plans and is determined to overcome present day problems.
“We have no coaches. I plan to get Level One to Three certification”, he said. “It is my plan in next five years to coach 10 to12 year olds.”
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Two upsets in the top half of the draw courtesy of Timothy Wang and Peter Li; in the lower half there was also a surprise with a third player from the United States hitting form.
Allan Wang, the no.8 seed, overcame Canada’s Jeremy Hazin, the no.9 seed in the opening round (11-6, 11-8, 12-10), as the pecking order suggested, before excelling to beat the man in form.
In three straight games, he caused Canada more pain by ending the hopes of Xavier Therien (11-6, 11-8, 12-10), the no.5 seed and the man who had beaten Timothy Wang in the first phase of affairs.
One Win According to Seeding
Defeat for Canada but there was success by definition; in the one Men’s quarter-final duel that went according to predictions, André Ho emerged successful.
He beat compatriot, James Pintea, the no.6 seed, in three straight games (11-7, 11-6, 11-8).
More Success for United States
A successful opening day for the United States in the Men’s event; it was the same in the Hopes Boys’ Singles competition for players born in 2000 and 2001.
All four semi-finalists are from the host nation; Victor Liu opposes Derek Nie, Sharon Alguetti confronts Gal Alguetti.
Play concludes in all events on Sunday 21st April 2013.