Prachi Jha who alongside brother Kanak secured gold in Markham
Photo By: Thorsten Gohl
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It was celebration time for one family and a quite unusual occurrence in the history of the ITTF Junior Circuit, as matters concluded in the Junior Boys’ Team and Junior Girls’ Team events on Friday 11th April, at the Butterfly 2014 Canadian Junior and Cadet Open in Markham.
Kanak Jha joined forces with Kunal Chodri in the Junior Boys’ Team competition; in the counterpart Junior Girls’ Team competition, elder sister Prachi Jha partnered Angela Guan.
In both cases the siblings represented USA ‘A’; in both instances they concluded the day standing proudly on the top step of the medal podium, with gold medals adorning their necks.
At the final hurdle of the Junior Boys’ Team event, the partnership of Kunal Chodri and Kanak Jha recorded a three-nil win over the Canada ‘A’ Team duo of Filip Ilijevski and Alexander Moran.
The one win for the host nation came from Filip Ilijevski over Kanak Jha (11-6, 13-11, 5-11, 7-11, 11-9). Alas for the home supporters, defeats for Alexander Moran in opposition to Kunal Chodri (11-6, 10-12, 10-12, 11-7, 11-9) and in opposition to Kanak Jha (11-4, 11-7, 11-9) plus a doubles reverse for Guo Moxi and Filip Ilijevski against Kunal Chodri and Kanak Jha (12-10, 11-9, 11-4) cost the Canadians dearly.
A place in the final booked, it was a very similar scenario with a three-one success being recorded in opposition to USA ‘C’.
Backbone of the success for the champions elect was Kunal Chodri. He beat both Theodore Tran (10-12, 14-12, 11-8, 10-12, 11-6) and Allen Wang (9-11, 11-9, 7-11, 13-11, 11-6).
The one further win for USA ‘A’ was recorded by Kanak Jha in opposition to Allen Wang (13-11, 6-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7), with the one reverse being, as in the semi-finals. Kunal Chodri and Kanak Jha suffered doubles troubles; they were defeated by Theodore Tran and Allen Wang (11-9, 11-5, 4-11, 11-4).
In the counterpart semi-final Theodore Tran and Allen Wang had beaten the USA ‘B’ Team outfit of Krishnateja Avvari and Aashay Patel by three matches to nil.
Meanwhile, in the Junior Girls’ Team final, Prachi Jha and Angela Guan accounted for the Canada ‘A’ Team partnership of Betty Guo and Cherry Zeng by three matches to nil, having at the semi-final stage defeated the combination of Guyana’s Chelsea Edghill and Belgium’s Lisa Lung three-one.
The one errant match in the semi-finals was the doubles with Chelsea Edghill and Lisa Lung overcoming Angela Guan and Prachi Jha by the very narrowest of margins in the fifth game (3-11, 11-5, 4-11, 11-9, 14-12).
However, wins for Prachi Jha over Chelsea Edghill (11-3, 11-6, 11-1) and against Lisa Lung (11-6, 11-8, 7-11, 11-3) added to success for Angela Guan in opposition to Lisa Lung (11-8, 12-10, 11-8), sealed victory for the eventual champions.
One errant match in the semi-finals, there were no mistakes in the final against Canada ‘A’.
Angela Guan beat Cherry Zeng (11-8, 11-7, 11-8) and Prachi Jha defeated Betty Guo (8-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9) with doubles success (12-10, 11-6, 8-11, 11-3) bringing matters to a conclusion.
All Canadian Affair
In the counterpart semi-final, Canada ‘A’ had beaten Canada ‘C’ by three matches to one with Amy Nicholls being the one winner for the defeated.
She overcame Betty Guo (10-12, 11-2, 9-11, 11-5, 11-8) but that was the only success for Canada ‘C’. Sheree Zeng was beaten by both Cherry Zeng (11-6, 13-11, 9-11, 11-9) and by Betty Guo (11-8, 11-8, 4-11, 11-9) with in between the vital doubles going the way of Canada ‘A’.
Betty Guo and Michelle Liaw overcame Amy Nicholls and Sheree Zheng in four games (11-8, 11-8, 4-11, 11-9).
Individual Events being
Team events over the individual events commence; play starts on Saturday 12th April and concludes one day later on Sunday 13th April.