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Zhang Yahao Causes Last Eight Upset but Eugene Wang Remains Firm for Hosts
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor


Zhang Yahao who beat former champion Pierre-Luc Theriault  Photo By: Thorsten Gohl

09/01/2014        2014 ITTF North American Championships (Click here to access this section)

Runner up in the Junior Boys’ Singles event at the 2010 Ecuador Junior and Cadet Open, when beaten by Chile’s Felipe Olivares; Zhang Yahao of the United States was the player to cause the one upset of note in the quarter-finals of the Men’s Singles event at the ITTF-North American Championships in Mississauga on Sunday 31st August.

He beat former champion Pierre-Luc Theriault of Canada (11-8, 10-12, 5-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-7) to reserve his place in the semi-finals.

Defeat for Pierre-Luc Theriault but he was the only leading name not to survive the round of the last eight in the Men’s Singles event.

Success for Leading Names
Canada’s Eugene Wang, the top seed and defending champion, accounted for Jim Butler of the United States (10-12, 11-8, 11-5, 11-5), Timothy Wang, also of the United States and the no.2 seed, defeated the host nation’s Xavier Therien (11-9, 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8), whilst Adam Hugh, the no.4 seed emulated his compatriots.

Likewise he dented Canadian hopes. He overcame Klement Yeung (11-8, 11-4, 4-11, 11-4, 11-3).

Lost Concentration
“I lost my concentration against Jim Butler, while leading 9-4 in the first game but after that I got back into the game; I am ready for tomorrow”, said Eugene Wang, who meets Adam Hugh in the semi-finals; Timothy Wang confronts Zhang Yahao.

Top Four Advance
A surprise at the quarter-final stage of the Men’s Singles event; in the counterpart Women’s Singles competition there were no upset.

Canada’s Zhang Mo, the top seed, was not required to raise her racket in anger; she received a bye.

However, the other leading names were called to duty. Canada’s Anqi Luo, the no.2 seed, beat compatriot Liu Yi (11-8, 11-7, 11-6, 12-10), whilst Prachi Jha and Angela Guan, both from the United States, the respective third and fourth seeds overcame host bation opposition.

Prachi Jha defeated Stephanie Yuen (11-8, 11-7, 11-6, 12-10), Angela Guan overcame Sara Yuen (11-8, 11-7, 11-6, 12-10).

Penultimate Round
At the semi-final stage of the Women’s Singles event, Zhang Mo faces Prachi Jha, Anqi Luo confronts Angela Guan.

Zhang Mo Guides Canada to Victory
Meanwhile, in the Women’s Team event it was success for Canada against the United States, with Zhang Mo the backbone of a three-one victory.

She beat Prachi Jha (11-1, 11-5, 11-2) and Crystal Wang (11-8, 11-7, 11-5) with the one further win for the Canadians coming in the second match of the fixture, when Anqi Luo succeeded by the very narrowest of margins against Angela Guan (11-2, 8-11, 11-9, 9-11, 12-10).

The one success for the United States came in the doubles, the third match on the itinerary. Prachi Jha and Crystal Wang beat Anqi Luo and Sara Yuen (11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7).

Play Concludes
Play at the ITTF-North American Championships concludes on Monday 1st September.

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