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A Family Affair as the United States Adds to Trophy Collection in Canada
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Kanak Jha winner of both the Cadet Boys' Singles and Junior Boys' Singles titles on the final day  Photo By: Thorsten Gohl

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

The United States brother and sister pairing of Kanak and Prachi Jha made matters a family affair at the Butterfly 2014 Canadian Junior and Cadet Open in Markham on Sunday 13th April.

Impressively Kanak Jha won the Junior Boys’ Singles event, with Prachi Jha achieving the same result in the counterpart Junior Girls’ Singles competition.

It is for both players their first ever such titles on the ITTF Junior Circuit.

Latter Stages
At the final hurdle Kanak Jha, the top seed, accounted for colleague Kunal Chodri in the final (11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6), having overcome Allen Wang, also from the United States, in semi-finals (11-4, 11-6, 11-4, 9-11, 11-2) and the host nation’s Jeremy Hazin in the round of the last eight.

Kunal Chodri was the no.2 seed, with Allen Wang being the no.3 seed and Jeremy Hazin the no.13 seed.

In the opposite half of the draw, Kunal Chodri had beaten compatriot Calvin Chan in the quarter-finals (11-9, 11-7, 11-6, 11-8) and Canada’s Filip Ilijevski, the no.18 seed, in the semi-finals (9-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-8, 11-5).

Equally Impressive
An impressive effort by Kanak Jha, it was the same in the Junior Girls’ Singles event from Prachi Jha, the no.2 seed.

She overcame Canada’s Michelle Liaw, the no.7 seed in the round of the last eight (4-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-13, 11-7), before overcoming Belgium’s Lis Lung, the no.3 seed (10-12, 11-3, 4-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-8) and compatriot Angela Guan, the no.4 seed (12-10, 12-10, 11-2, 11-7) to arrest the title

In the adjacent half of the draw Angela Guan had beaten colleague Amy Wang, the no.6 seed in the round of the last eight (11-6, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6), before causing a major upset in the semi-finals. She beat Canada’s Anqi Luo the no.1 seed (11-6, 5-11, 11-5, 14-12, 11-3) to reserve her place at the top table.

Cadet Boys’ Singles Gold
Success for Kanak Jha in the Junior Boys’ Singles event and also in the Cadet Boys’ Singles competition, where also he beat Kunal Chodri in the final (11-9, 11-9, 11-9), after having overcome Canada’s Jeremy Hazin in the penultimate round (11-5, 11-7, 11-7).

In the adjacent semi-final, Kunal Chodri had beaten Victor Liu, also from the United States (8-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-2).

All Four Colleagues
Meanwhile, in the Cadet Girls’ Singles event, the United States provided all four semi-finalists.

Crystal Wang beat Joy Li (11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10), before capturing the title at the expense of Diane Jiang (11-8, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8). In the counterpart semi-final Diane Jiang had beaten Grace Yang (12-10, 9-11, 12-10, 11-6).

Clean Sweep
Four titles on the concluding day, earlier it had been four titles in the team events; it was a clean sweep for the United States at the Butterfly 2014 Canadian Junior and Cadet Open.

The Stars and Stripes shone proudly in what was a special tournament.

First Time?
Last year brother and sister, Masataka and Misaki Morizono won the respective Under 21 Men’s Singles and Under 21 Women’s Singles titles at the GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour Harmony Open but has it ever happened on the ITTF Junior Circuit that brother and sister have won the respective Junior Boys’ Singles and Junior Girls’ Singles titles?

Furthermore, has it ever happened that the same players have contested both the Cadet Boys’ Singles final and Junior Boys’ Singles final with the same result?

I don’t think so.

Prachi Jha, winner of the Junior Girls’ Singles title in Markham
Photo by Christian Martinez – RGB Studios



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