15 Sep 2021

Imposing performances, the United States won both the under 15 boys’ and under 15 girls’ team titles at the 2021 ITTF Pan American Youth Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, on Tuesday 14th September.

The success gained by the boys was to some extent beyond expectations; they commenced proceedings the no.3 seeds; for the girls it was as predicted, they started the tournament at the head of the order.

by Ian Marshall

Both teams impressed throughout the three days of action, especially the girls; at the final hurdle they maintained their unblemished record of 3-0 wins in every fixture encountered.

Facing Canada in the final, as in previous contests there was no hint of charity.

Sally Moyland gave the champions elect the perfect start by beating Crystal Liu (11-3, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4), she was followed by Sarah Jalli who accounted for Fu Ching Nam (11-6, 11-5, 11-9) to set the scene for Emily Tan to secure the victory.

She duly obliged, she overcame Jessie Xu in four games (11-8, 11-3, 9-11, 11-4).

Defeat for Canada but they could be pleased with their efforts, they commenced play the no.9 seeds.

Similarly in the boys’ final, though challenged by a determined Dominican Republic outfit, a most comprehensive performance secured gold.

Jensen Feng beat Eduardo Darley to secure gold for the United States (Photo: Martín Avila Maria)


Nandan Naresh beat Ramon Vila (8-11, 11-7, 11-6, 11-5) to set the tone for the contest; Daniel Tran doubled the advantage by overcoming Rafael Cabrera (7-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8), before Jensen Feng prevailed in opposition to Eduardo Darley (12-10, 4-11, 11-9, 4-11, 11-9) to seal the victory.

Success for the United States and somewhat déjà vu; on the opening day of play in the group stage, the teams had met, the same players had confronted each other, the same 3-0 margin of victory had been the outcome.

Beaten twice by the top seeds, nevertheless, like Canada in the girls’ event, the Dominican Republic trio could reflect on their efforts with pride; they started play the no.10 seeds.

Notably for the United States, Daniel Tran remained unbeaten throughout the whole event.

Attention now turns to the individual events; play concludes in Santo Domingo on Saturday 18th September.

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