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Petrissa Solja Repels Local Challenge, Secures Under 21 Womenís Singles Title
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Petrissa Solja, the Under 21 Women's Singles champion in Las Vegas  Photo By: An Sung Ho

07/06/2013        GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour, US Open, Americas Challenge Series (Click here to access this section)

Bronze medallist in the Girlsí Singles event at the Volkswagen World Junior Championships, the player to dent the hegemony of China; Germanyís Petrissa Solja won the Under 21 Womenís Singles title at the GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour United States Open in Las Vegas on Friday 5th July.

The top seed, she justified her exalted position in the draw by overcoming the host nationís Ariel Hsing, the no.3 seed at the final hurdle (11-5, 12-10, 8-11, 9-11, 11-5, 15-13).

Furthermore, Ariel Hsing was a player very much in form; at the semi-final stage she had ousted compatriot, Lily Zhang, the no.2 seed (11-8, 8-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-9).

Impressive on Penultimate Day
In the final, Petrissa Solja underlined the fact that she was also in good form; most certainly she had impressed on the penultimate day of play.

At the semi-final stage she ousted Japanís Miki Fukuhara (11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 11-4, 11-3), having in the quarter-finals recovered from a two games to nil deficit against Tina Lin, the no.8 seed and also from the United States to record a six games success (9-11, 4-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-4, 11-1).

In the corresponding quarter-final duel, Ariel Hsing had ended the hopes of Angharad Phillips of Wales (11-5, 11-2, 11-4, 11-5).

Semi-Final Without Seeds
Success for the top seed in the Under 21 Womenís Singles event; in the counterpart Under 21 Menís Singles competition none of the seeds reached even the semi-final stage.

Seven had disappeared the previous day in the opening round, the one remaining, Canadaís Chen Hongtao, the top seed, departed in the quarter-finals.

He was beaten by Chinaís Li Tianyu (11-5, 11-3, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8); alas for Li Tianyu, the euphoria was short lived; he lost to compatriot, Tao Wenzhang, the champion elect, in the semi-finals (9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 11-8, 12-10).

Tao Wenzhang Secures Crown
At the final hurdle, Tao Wenzhang accounted for Yuan Xiajie of the United States (11-4, 11-8, 11-3, 11-3); the latter having overcome Dan Liu, also from the United States, in the semi-finals (9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 11-4) and Bowen Chen, likewise from the host nation in the quarter-finals (11-1. 11-4, 11-5, 11-4).

In the counterpart quarter-final duel, Tao Wenzhang had beaten Feng Yujun of the United States (11-3, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 11-7).

The Under 21 Men's Singles final saw success for Tao Wenzhang



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