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Wheel of Fortune Turns in Las Vegas, Eugene Wang and Megumi Abe Surprise Winners

07/06/2013 GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour, US Open, Americas Challenge Series,03 Jul 2013 - 06 Jul 2013, Las Vegas, USA

Never previously progressing to the concluding day of play on the ITTF World Tour, Canada’s Eugene Wang and Japan’s Megumi Abe were the surprise winners of the respective Men’s and Women’s Singles titles at the GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour United States Open in Las Vegas on Saturday 6th July.

Occupying the third seeded position in the draw, Eugene Wang accounted for China’s Yan Ce at the final hurdle (7-11, 12-10, 11-5, 11-8, 11-9), a player who had been required to negotiate the qualification stage of proceedings, having in the penultimate round caused an upset by beating Sweden’s Jens Lundqvist, the top seed.....
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Title Favourites Book Semi-Final Places but Tested to the Very Limit

07/06/2013 GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour, US Open, Americas Challenge Series,03 Jul 2013 - 06 Jul 2013, Las Vegas, USA

Sweden’s Jens Lundqvist, the top seed and Canada’s Eugene Wang, the third seed, have both reserved semi-final places in the Men’s Singles event at the GAC GROUP 2013 ITTF World Tour United States Open in Las Vegas.

In most dramatic circumstances, they emerged successful in their quarter-final contests on the evening of Friday 5th July 2013.

However, both were stretched the absolute limit; both secured victory in titanic seven games duels.....
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Petrissa Solja Repels Local Challenge, Secures Under 21 Women’s Singles Title

07/06/2013 GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour, US Open, Americas Challenge Series,03 Jul 2013 - 06 Jul 2013, Las Vegas, USA

Bronze medallist in the Girls’ Singles event at the Volkswagen World Junior Championships, the player to dent the hegemony of China; Germany’s Petrissa Solja won the Under 21 Women’s Singles title at the GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour United States Open in Las Vegas on Friday 5th July.

The top seed, she justified her exalted position in the draw by overcoming the host nation’s Ariel Hsing, the no.3 seed at the final hurdle (11-5, 12-10, 8-11, 9-11, 11-5, 15-13).

Furthermore, Ariel Hsing was a player very much in form; at the semi-final stage she had ousted compatriot, Lily Zhang, the no.2 seed (11-8, 8-11, 11-4, 12-10, 11-9).....
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Fifth Seeds Departs, Megumi Abe Hits Form to Cause Second Round Upset

07/05/2013 GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour, US Open, Americas Challenge Series,03 Jul 2013 - 06 Jul 2013, Las Vegas, USA

Japan’s Megumi Abe was the player to spring the biggest surprise as matters progressed in the second round of the Women’s Singles event at the GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour United States Open in Las Vegas on Friday 5th July.

A qualifier, she accounted for the host nation’s Ariel Hsing in five games, the no.5 seed (12-10, 13-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-8), to reach the quarter-final stage of a Women’s Singles event on the ITTF World Tour for the first time in her career.

Previously her best was last September when she reached the third round of the Women’s Singles event at the GAC Group 2012 Koltsovo ITTF World Tour Russian Open in Ekaterinburg.....
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Shocks Abound in Opening Round as Seeds Fall In Quick Succession

07/05/2013 GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour, US Open, Americas Challenge Series,03 Jul 2013 - 06 Jul 2013, Las Vegas, USA

Seeds fell with alarming regularity in the first round of both the Under 21 Men’s Singles and Under 21 Women’s Singles events at the GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour United States Open in Las Vegas on Thursday 4th July.

In the Under 21 Women’s Singles event, only four of the eight seeds survived the opening round; Germany’s Petrissa Solja alongside the United States trio of Lily Zhang, Ariel Hsing and Tina Lin progressed.

Four survivors in the Under 21 Women’s Singles event; in the counterpart Under 21 Men’s Singles competition only one!....
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First Three Names Enjoy Success but Next in Line Suffer Second Round Defeats

07/05/2013 GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour, US Open, Americas Challenge Series,03 Jul 2013 - 06 Jul 2013, Las Vegas, USA

The top three seeds in the Men’s Singles event at the GAC Group ITTF World Tour United States Open in Las Vegas enjoyed success in the second round of proceedings on the evening of Thursday 4th July 2013.

All beat adversaries from the host nation.

Sweden’s Jens Lundqvist, the no.1 seed, accounted for Zhang Xianjing (11-5, 11-5, 11-9, 11-7), Croatia’s Zoran Primorac, the no.2 seed, overcame Liang Yonghui (7-11, 12-10, 11-8, 13-11, 11-9); whilst Canada’s Eugene Wang, the no.3 seed, ended the aspirations of Calvin Chan (11-6, 11-2, 11-1, 11-6).....
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Accustomed to Rigours of International Play, Seeds Progress with Comfort

07/05/2013 GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour, US Open, Americas Challenge Series,03 Jul 2013 - 06 Jul 2013, Las Vegas, USA

The opening round of the Men’s Singles event at the GAC Group 2013 ITTF World Tour United States Open in Las Vegas had seen international experience count; as matters progressed in the first round of the Women’s Singles in the early evening of Thursday 4th July it was the same scenario.

Players who were accustomed the hotbed of hard fought endeavours throughout the world imposed their authority on proceedings.

The only player with experience to be tested was Hungary’s Rita Kertai.

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