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Name and Status Justified, United States Secure Cadet Team Gold in Style
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Newman Chenng successful with Victor Liu in the Cadet Boys' Team event  Photo By: Thorsten Gohl

04/12/2014        Butterfly 2014 Canadian Junior & Cadet Open - ITTF Junior Circuit (Click here to access this section)

United States ‘A’, justified their name by being both in unison and the top outfit from their country in the Cadet Boys’ Team and Cadet Girls’ Team events at the Butterfly Canadian Junior and Cadet Open in Markham on Friday 11th April.

Represented by the partnership of Victor Liu and Newman Cheng, USA ‘A’ won the Cadet Boys’ Team title; fielding the duo of Crystal Wang and Grace Yang, USA ‘A’ secured the counterpart Cadet Girls’ Team crown.

Furthermore, neither team was stretched the full five match distance as they marched relentlessly to victory.

Only One Match Surrendered
In the second stage of proceedings, en route to gold, the only match surrendered by the champions elect was one individual contest by each team.

A successful start was made to the campaign in the Cadet Boys’ Team event by Victor Liu and Newman Cheng. They recorded a three-nil win over the Canada ‘A’ Team outfit of Boris Kalev and Edward Ly; it was followed by a three-one success in opposition to USA ‘C’.

Doubles Went Astray
The one match to go astray was the doubles with Michael Minh Tran and Nikhil Kumar recording a four games win over Newman Cheng and Victor Liu (11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-7); however, wins for Newman Cheng over Nikhil Kumar (11-7, 11-8, 11-7) and Michael Minh Tran (11-8, 11-4, 10-12, 11-1) plus success for Victor Liu over Michael Minh Tran (11-6, 11-5, 11-5) secured victory for the champions elect.

An impressive victory in the semi-finals, the margin of success in the final was even more decisive. Newman Cheng and Victor Liu posted a three-nil win over the Canada ‘A’ Team of Bryan Ho and Jeremy Hazin.

Few Problems
Equally Bryan Ho and Jeremy Hazin had experienced few problems en route to the final.

They accounted for the USA ‘B’ Team of Joseph Baptista and Samuel Rockwell by three matches to nil in the quarter-finals, before recording a three-one success in opposition to the USA ‘D’ Team outfit of Shivansh Kumar and Jack Wang.

Mainstay of the success was Jeremy Hazin. He beat both Shivansh Kumar (11-5, 11-3, 11-9) and Jack Wang (11-9, 13-11, 11-6), whilst sandwiched in between partnering Bryan Ho to doubles success (7-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9, 12-10).

Similar Scenario
Similarly, in the Cadet Girls’ Singles competition it was in the semi-final round that the champions elect experienced a reverse. Against USA ‘B’ a three-one score-line was the end result.

The player to cause the problems was Grace Yang; she beat Amy Wang in the second match of the fixture (11-8, 11-13, 11-7, 11-2) but wins for Crystal Wang over Joy Li (6-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-7, 11-5) and for Grace Yang over the same player (11-4, 11-7, 11-4) combined with a doubles success (11-2, 11-7, 16-14) ensured a place in the final for USA ‘A’.

Repeat Score-Line
In the final, just as in the quarter-finals against the Canada ‘B’ line-up of Laura Lai and Ivy Liao, a three-nil success was recorded against the USA ‘C’ Team combination of Ishana Deb and Diane Jiang.

Defeat in the final for Ishana Deb and Diane Jiang but a silver medal finish was a fine performance; at the quarter and semi-final stages they had recorded three-nil wins on each occasion.

In the former they had overcome the Canada ‘C’ Team duo of Lily Meng and Joyce Xu, in the latter the Canada ‘A’ Team duo of Alicia Cote and Justina Yeung.



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