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United States Asserts Authority on Opening Day in Markham
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Kanal Jha remained unbeaten on the first day of the Junior Boys' Team event  Photo By: Thorsten Gohl

04/11/2014        Butterfly 2014 Canadian Junior & Cadet Open - ITTF Junior Circuit (Click here to access this section)

Visitors from south of the border, the United States, dominated matters in the first stage of the Junior Boys Team event at the Butterfly Canadian Junior and Cadet Open in Markham on Thursday 10th April.

Three groups, they provided the first placed outfit in each group.

It was top spot for the no.1 seeds USA A, represented by Kunal Chodri and Kanak Jha, as it was for the next two teams in the pecking order. USA C formed by Allen Wang, Theodore Tran and Timothy Chen, all players from the Lily Yip Training Centre, duly finished in pole position, as did USA B with Krishnatya Avvari and Aashay Patel in form.

Started Quest
Kunal Chodri and Kanak Jha started their itinerary of contests with a three-one win over the outfit formed by Australias Erny Tsao and Egypts Ahmed Meshref, with Kanak Jha proving the player to guide his team to success.

He beat both Ahmed Meshref (11-8, 12-14, 11-5, 11-7) and Erny Tsao (11-9, 11-7, 11-6); whilst sandwiched in between he secured the doubles with Kunal Chodri (6-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-6). The one win for the vanquished was recorded by Erny Tsao; in the second match of the fixture, he overcame Kunal Chodri (8-11, 11-9, 11-9, 17-15).

A somewhat testing duel in their opening encounter, in their concluding contest in the first phase of proceedings, Kunal Chodri and Kanak Jha were in the fast lane; they overcame the Canada C pairing of Marko Medjugorac and Antoine Bernadet by three matches to nil.

Also Impressive
Impressive performances from Kunal Chodri and Kanak Jha, it was the sane from Allen Wang, Theodore Tran and Timothy Chen with three-one wins being posted on each visit to the table.

In their opening contest against Canada A, Theodore Tran was the backbone of success. He beat Alexander Moran (2-11, 11-8, 5-11, 12-10, 11-8) and Filip Ilijevski (14-12, 11-3, 11-9, 11-9); whilst teaming with Allen Wang to win the doubles against Filip Ilijevski and Guo Moxi (11-8, 9-11, 11-4, 11-13, 11-8). The one success for the Canadians was recorded by Filip Ilijevski, in the opening match of the fixture he overcame Allen Wang (8-11, 11-6, 11-6, 15-13).

Same Outcome
A three-one win posted against Canada A; it was the same outcome in opposition to Canada C, with Timothy Chen replacing Theodore Chen in the United States line-up.

Allen Wang proved the mainstay of the victory by overcoming Matthew Lehmann (11-1, 11-7, 12-10) and James Yu (11-9, 11-5, 7-11, 11-6) whilst teaming with Timothy Chen to win the doubles (15-13, 8-11, 11-7, 11-9).

James Yu recorded the one success for the Canadians; he accounted for Timothy Chen in the opening match of the contest (9-11, 11-13, 11-4, 8-11, 11-8).

Similar Scenario
Just one match surrendered in each fixture, it was the same for Krishnatya Avvari and Aashay Patel.

Against USA A, Krishnatya Avvari beat Nathan Hsu (12-10, 10-12, 11-4, 12-10) as did Aashay Patel (11-9, 12-10, 11-9) with the pair clinching the doubles in three straight games (11-7, 11-5, 11-9). The one success for the defeated came from Calvin Chan; in the second match of the contest he beat Aashay Patel in a close five games encounter (11-8, 11-6, 9-11, 10-12, 11-9).

Krishnateja Avvari Unbeaten
Similarly against Canada B, in their concluding fixture in the group, Krishnateja Avvari remained unbeaten.

He accounted for Max Xia (7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5) and Michael Luo (11-5, 11-6, 11-6); whilst partnering Aashay Patel to doubles success (12-10, 11-2, 9-11, 11-9). The one win for the Canadians came courtesy of Michael Luo; in the second match of the duel, he defeated Aashay Patel (6-11, 14-12, 11-8, 11-8).

Leading Teams in First Place
Meanwhile, in the Cadet Boys Team event, the leading outfits all topped their respective groups.

It was first place for Canada A (Jeremy Hazin, Bryan Ho), as it was for USA A (Victor Liu, Newman Cheng) and Canada C (Alexander Bu, Frank Liao). Also, in the group that saw new players to the scene, none with World rankings, it was top spot for USA D (Shivash Kumar and Jack Wang).

Team Events Conclude
Play in the team events concludes on Friday 11th April.



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