Women’s Events Dominated by United States on Opening Day in Westchester

2012 World Junior Table Championships,9-16 December 2012,Hyderabad,IndiaThe host nation dominated the Women’s events on the opening day of play, Saturday 20th April 2013, at the ITTF-North America Cup in Westchester, New York.

All four semi-finalists are from the United States.

Ariel Hsing and Lily Zhang, the respective top two seeds, duly progressed to the penultimate round unhindered, as did Prachi Jha, the third seed.

It was progress as expected; however the name of the one further American to book a penultimate round place was somewhat of a surprise.

Tina Lin Upsets Seeding
Tina Lin, the sixth seed, overcame Canada’s Anqi Luo in five games (11-6, 6-11, 1-11, 12-10, 11-6) to reserve her place amongst the final four.

Defeat for the fourth seed who had experienced few problems in the first stage of proceedings and was more than pleased with the facilities provided.

“It is first time I am here”, she said after winning her first stage match against Angela Guan (11-6, 11-9, 11-5). “The equipment and gym are very nice and I feel really good about playing here.”

Not Troubled 
At the semi-final stage Tina Lin meets Lily Zhang.

Never seriously troubled en route to the quarter-finals, Lily Zhang recorded a straight games win over Canada’s Sara Yuen (11-6, 12-10, 15-13) to keep her title hopes alive.

“Sarah’s style is a little different, she plays with medium pips”, said Lily Zhang. “Nevertheless, it was a good experience.”

Colour of Floor 
A good experience and a good win; as for Sarah Yuen it was a question of acclimatising to the conditions.

“I have played a lot of North American title events in Canada”, she said “I’m not used to this floor, because it is always been red, now it is blue.”

Top Half of Draw 
Whatever, the colour of the floor; in the top half of the draw it appeared to be to the liking of Ariel Hsing and Prachi Jha.

Ariel Hsing overcame compatriot Angela Guan at the quarter-final stage (11-8, 11-3, 11-8), whilst Prachi Jha defeated Joy Li, also from the United States of America (11-1, 10-12, 12-10, 13-11).

Honours Even
Meanwhile in the Hopes Girls’ Singles event for players born in 2000 and 2001, honours were shared between Canada and the United States.

In the upper half of the draw, Crystal Wang of the United States meets Canada’s Ivy Lia; whilst in the lower half, the latter’s compatriot, Benita Zhou opposes the winner of the one quarter-final duel yet to be decided.

An all United States contest sees Estee Ackerman face Any Wang.

Play concludes in all events on Sunday 21st April 2013.