18 Dec 2017

The youngest United States athlete to participate in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Kanak Jha booked his place in the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games by emerging successful at the North American Continental Qualification Tournament staged in Las Vegas on Sunday 17th December.

Success on home soil, it was the same in the counterpart Women’s Singles event; Amy Wang emerged victorious.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Just one place available in each of the Men’s Singles and Women’s Singles events, a knock-out event, single elimination, was the order of the day; there was no room for error.

A straight games win over compatriot Xie Tianming (11-5,11-2,11-6, 11-4) gave Kanak Jha the ideal start; he followed with success against Canada’s Luc Sicard in a similar vein (11-9, 11-4, 11-9, 11-5) but then when facing a further American at the semi-final stage, he found life much more testing. He needed to full seven games to overcome Nikhil Kumar (11-4, 10-12, 5-11, 5-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-4).

Testing times but a place in the final booked, he beat Canada’s Jeremy Hazin in a more comfortable manner to reserve his Buenos Aires invitation (11-7, 11-3, 11-6, 11-2).

In the opposite half of the draw Jeremy Hazin had doused the hopes of the United States by beating Edward Ly (11-9, 11-6, 11-5, 4-11, 6-11, 11-5), Jack Wang (11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-8, 12-1, 14-12) and Victor Liu (11-8, 11-7, 11-9, 11-5).

Third place finished in the hand of Victor Liu; he beat Nikhil Kumar in six games (11-9, 1-12, 11-3, 11-4, 9-11, 11-6).

Impressive from Kanak Jha, it was even more impressive from Amy Wang, she was never extended the full seven games distance.

Facing fellow Americans, she accounted for Laura Lai (11-5, 11-1, 11-4, 11-5), Benita Zhou (11-6,11-7,11-6, 11-5), Grace Yang (11-7, 7-11, 11-4, 11-8, 11-9) and Crystal Wang (11-9, 8-11, 11-5, 12-10, 11-7) to reserve her invitation to the Argentine capital city.

Similarly, in the opposite half of the draw, Crystal Wang had imposed her authority on proceedings; en route to the final, she had beaten compatriots Isabelle Xiong (11-6, 11-5, 11-5, 11-8), Rachel Yang (11-7, 12-10, 11-3, 11-2) and Canada’s Ivy Liao (11-8, 11-7, 11-3, 11-6).

Third place finished in the hands of Grace Yang, in the play-off contest she accounted for Ivy Liao (11-8, 11-6, 12-14, 5-11, 11-5, 11-7).

Amy Wang secured her place in the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games (Photo: Rémy Gros)


Buenos Aires 218 North American Continental Qualification Tournament:
Full Results – Men’s Singles

Buenos Aires 218 North American Continental Qualification Tournament:
Full Results – Women’s Singles


Continental Tournaments – Qualifiers (as on Sunday 17th December)


Africa: Youssef Abdel Aziz (Egypt), Nathael Hamdoun (Tunisia)

Asia: Tomokazu Harimoto (Japan), Lin Yun-Ju (Chinese Taipei), Wang Chuqin (China), Cho Daeseong (Korea)

Europe: Ioannis Sgouropoulos (Greece), Vladimir Sidorenko (Russia), Medardas Stankievicius (Lithuania), Vladislav Urdu (Moldova)

Latin America: Nicolas Burgos (Chile), Guillerme Teodoro (Brazil)

North America: Kanak Jha (United States)

Oceania: Nathan Xu (New Zealand)



Africa: Esther Oribamise (Nigeria), Marwa Alhodaby (Egypt)

Asia: Miu Hirano (Japan), Su Pei-Ling (China), Jinnipa Sawettabut (Thailand), Su Pei-Ling (Chinese Taipei)

Europe: Lucie Gauthier (France), Mariia Tailakova (Russia), Ning Jing (Azerbaijan), Nadezhda Bogdanova (Belarus)

Latin America: Adriana Diaz (Puerto Rico), Bruna Takahashi (Brazil)

North America: Amy Wang (United States)

Oceania: Vong Hui Ling (New Zealand)


Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games 2017 North American Qualification Kanak Jha Amy Wang

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