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Rising Talents from United States Continue to Stamp Authority
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Viktor Liu impressed, finishing in first place in his Cadet Boys' Singles group  Photo By: Thorsten Gohl

04/13/2014        Butterfly 2014 Canadian Junior & Cadet Open - ITTF Junior Circuit (Click here to access this section)

All four team events secured at the Butterfly Junior and Cadet Open in Markham, success continued for the United States on the penultimate day of action, Saturday 12th April; most notably in the Cadet Boys’ Singles and Cadet Girls’ Singles events.

Kanak Jha, Kunal Chodri, Krishnateja Avvari and Victor Liu, the top four seeds in the Cadet Boys’ Singles event all finished in first places in their respective groups, as did Diang Jiang, Amy Wang and Grace Yang, the leading names in the counterpart Cadet Girls’ Singles competition.

The quite dramatic growth of young talented players emerging from the United States bodes well for the future; it was underlined in bold in Markham.

None Troubled
None of the leading American names was troubled and where there were surprises they were caused by rising talents flying the Stars and Stripes.

Jack Wang and Newman Cheng, players with no current World ranking, caused the upsets and in so doing both finished in first places in their respective groups.

Furthermore, both topped their respective groups without surrendering a single individual game.

Outstanding Form
Impressively, Jack Wang accounted for compatriot Timothy Chen (11-9, 12-10, 12-10) and Canada’s Ronald Sun (11-5, 11-2, 11-4), before causing an upset of note by beating Frank Liao, the no.5 seed and also from Canada (11-7, 11-9, 11-4).

Similarly, Newman Cheng was in outstanding form.

He overcame Egypt’s Ahmed Meshref (13-11, 11-2, 11-4), the younger brother of Dina Meshref, who had proved a most worthy competitor earlier in the year in February at the Bahrain Junior and Cadet Open.

Success against Ahmed Meshref; Newman Cheng then caused a surprise by overcoming Canada’s Bryan Ho, the no.7 seed (11-4, 11-8, 11-8) before concluding his group stage matches with success against Ramon Jackman from Barbados (11-6, 11-3, 11-3).

Second Places for Timothy Cheng and Jack Wang
Alas for the host nation it was third place in the group for both Frank Liao and Bryan Ho.

Timothy Chen emulated the fine performance by Jack Wang to secure second place in the group by beating Frank Liao (11-8, 11-3, 11-6) and Ronald Sun (11-3, 11-1, 11-5); whilst Ahmed Meshref finished in runner ups spot to Newman Cheng.

He accounted for Ramon Jackman (11-2, 11-8, 11-5) and Bryan Ho (11-5, 11-7, 12-10). Frank Liao secured third place in the group by defeating Ronald Sun (11-2, 11-4, 11-7); Bryan Ho did likewise by overcoming Ramon Jackman (11-9, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9).

Successful Canadians
Defeats for two leading players but those were the only upsets in the initial stage of the Cadet Boys’ Singles and Cadet Girls’ Singles events.

In addition to the successful Americans, of the other aspiring names who currently command World rankings, in the Cadet Boys’ Singles event, Canada’s Jeremy Hazin finished in first place in his group as did his colleague, Justina Yeung in the Cadet Girls’ Singles competition.

Play concludes on Sunday 13th April.


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