Angela Guan remained unbeaten in the first stage of the Junior Girls' Team event
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First place in the group was secured in the initial stage of proceedings for the top seeds, Prachi Jha and Angela Guan, representing USA ‘A’ in the Junior Girls’ Team event at the Butterfly Canadian Junior and Cadet Open on the first day of play, Thursday 10th April.
However, for the second seeds that was not to be the scenario at the end of the day.
The combination of Belgium’s Lisa Lung and Guyana’s Chelsea Edghill had to settle for second place in their group; the consolation being that the teams finishing in first and second places in each group advanced to the semi-finals.
A chance for redemption beckons.
Lisa Lung and Chelsea Edghill made a perfect start to their campaign by recording a three-nil success in opposition to Hu Xiyue and Annie Shi representing USA ‘B’, but on their second visit to the table it was a different story.
They suffered a three matches to two defeat at the hands of Canada ‘A’ with Lisa Lung, the winner earlier in the week of the Girls’ Singles event at the Road to Nanjing Series – North America tournament, remaining unbeaten in her two singles contests.
She accounted for Betty Guo (11-4, 11-7, 11-6) and Michelle Liaw (11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 11-7) but that was the sum total of her team’s success. Chelsea Edghill was narrowly beaten in the opening match of the fixture by Michelle Liaw (5-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-8, 12-10) and, in the vital concluding fifth contest of the duel by Betty Guo (11-9, 11-5, 13-11).
The crucial doubles very much turned the tide in favour of the Canadians; the third match of affairs, Betty Guo and Michelle Liaw posted a five games win (7-11, 8-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-5).
First Place Secured
Betty Guo and Michelle Liaw duly finished in first place in their group; in a similar manner to Chelsea Edghill and Betty Guo, they recorded a three-nil win against Hu Xiyue and Annie Shi.
Problems for the second seeds but there were no such travails for Prachi Jha and Angela Guan.
Impressively, they beat the Canada ‘B’ Team duo of Liu Jiabao and Jane Yan by three matches to nil, before recording the same margin of victory in opposition to the Canada ‘C’ Team pairing of Sheree Zhang and Amy Nicholls.
Narrow Victory Secures Second Place
Canada ‘C’ duly secured second place in the group and thus a passport to the main draw; in their opening contest they had beaten Canada ‘B’ by three matches to two.
Backbone of the victory was Amy Nicholls; she overcame Liu Jiabao (11-3, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9) and in the vital fifth match of the contest Jane Yan (11-9, 11-7, 11-9); the one further win for the victors was secured by Amy Nicholls, in the second match of the fixture, she defeated Liu Jiabao (11-3, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9).
The wins for Liu Jiabao and Jane Yang came in the doubles (11-9, 9-11, 11-8, 11-7) and from Liu Jiabao over Sheree Zhang (11-5, 11-7, 11-9) in the fourth match of the contest; a win that levelled matters but was not see a major recovery achieved. Amy Nicholls end the fight-back.
Top Four Top Place
Meanwhile, in the Cadet Girls’ Team event, the four groups saw the top four seeds emerge successful without a single individual match being surrendered.
There was no charity from the top seeds USA ‘C’ (Ishana Deb, Diane Jang), nor from the next in the pecking order.
USA ‘B’ (Amy Wang, Joy Li), USA ‘A’ (Grace Yang, Crystal Wang) and Canada ‘A’ (Justina Yeung, Alice Cote) all secured first place in their respective groups with consummate ease.
The finals of all team events will be held on Friday 11th April.