22 Dec 2018

Present earlier in the year at the ITTF World Cadet Challenge in Tottori; Canada’s Edward Ly was very much the player in form on Thursday 20th December, the fourth day of play at the 2018 United States Open in Orlando.

The 15 year old not only won the Cadet Boys’ Singles title, in addition he secured Junior Boys’ Singles gold.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Occupying the no.2 seeded spot, at the final hurdle of the Junior Boys’ Singles event, he accounted for colleague, Jeremy Hazin, the top seed, to arrest the title (11-6, 11-6, 11-4).

Earlier at the quarter-final stage he had beaten Puerto Rico’s Francisco Matias, the no.5 seed (11-7, 11-8, 6-11, 11-6), prior to recording a penultimate round success, by the very narrowest of margins, in opposition to the host nation’s Ma Jinbao (11-9, 14-12, 7-11, 6-11, 12-10). Hard fought success for Edward Ly, it was very much the same for Jeremy Hazin; in the round of the last eight he had accounted for Puerto Rico’s Francisco Matias (11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 11-9), before being extended the full five games distance by Nicholas Tio of the United States (7-11, 11-7, 11-9, 7-11, 11-9).

Tense moments for Edward Ly, against host nation opposition, it was not too different in the Cadet Boys’ Singles event. After recording a straight games semi-final success in opposition to the host country’s Jayden Zhou (11-9, 11-6, 11-8), he needed the full five games to overcome Adita Godhwari, also from the host nation (11-4, 9-11, 9-11, 11-5, 11-5); in the counterpart semi-final, Adita Godhwari had ousted colleague Ted Li (11-5, 8-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-3).

Disappointment for Ma Jinbao in the Junior Boys’ Singles event but there was success; in an all United States final, he partnered Michael Tran to Junior Boys’ Doubles gold, the pair overcoming Canada’s Alexander Bu and Tommy Xu in the final (9-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-1).

Success for the United States and Canada; notably there was also success for Puerto Rico. Angel Naranjo and Jabdiel Torres combined to secure the Cadet Boys’ Doubles title; at the final hurdle they beat the combination of Costa Rica’s Alfredo Sanchez and the host nation’s Jayden Zhou (5-11, 11-9, 11-9, 12-10).

Play concludes in Orlando on Saturday 22nd December.

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