US Kids Shine Internationally
Scotiabank 2012 Canada Junior & Cadet Open
Cadet Team: USA Boys Bronze, and Girls - Bronze as ITTF NA team
For more results visit: http://www.ittf.com/competitions/competitions2.asp?Competition_ID=2173&category=wjc
2012 Serbia Junior and Cadet Open
Kanak Jha - Gold in Cadet Doubles, Silver in Cadet Team Event as WSA Team and Bronze in Cadet Singles.
Prachi Jha - Gold in Cadet Girls Team Event as WSA Team and Bronze in Doubles.
For more results visit: http://www.ittf.com/competitions/competitions2.asp?Competition_ID=2180&category=GJP
Team WSA with Trophy and Medals
From the Notebook of USA's Coach Lily Yip:
Coach Alex Yang, Howard Tong, Teddy Tran, Kunal Chodri, Isabel Chu, Crystal Wang, and Coach Lily Yip
Scotiabank 2012 Canada Junior & Cadet Open, presented by Butterfly, Oct. 2-6, 2012, Markham, CAN
Attracting junior and cadet talent from Argentina, Canada, Guyana, Hong Kong, South Korea, Peru, Puerto Rico, and the USA, the Open drew a formidable field.
Representing the USA Girls were Isabel Chu, ranked #136 in the Cadets, and Crystal Wang, ranked #146. On the Boys side was Kunal Chodri (#145), Teddy Tran (#183), and Howard Tong (UR). The Boys' team was lead by the experienced top player and coach Alex Yang from Atlanta.
Results for the USA Team --as ITTF North American Team.
Both Boys and Girls won the Bronze.
For the Girls' Singles Qualifying Groups:
|1||CHU Isabel USA||3-0||3-1||2||0||4|
|2||NICHOLS Amy CAN||0-3||2-3||0||2||2|
|3||ZHANG Sheree CAN||1-3||3-2||1||1||3|
|1||WANG Crystal USA||3-2||3-1||2-3||2||1||5|
|2||LIU Jiabao CAN||2-3||2-3||3-1||2||1||5|
|3||YAN Jane CAN||1-3||3-2||2-3||1||3||3|
|4||KU Kyojin KOR||3-2||1-3||3-2||2||1||5|
So we overcame any initial jitters, and our girls moved into the Main Draw. There I advised them to reduce pushing, to attack middle weaknesses, to drop shot and to flick short serves whenever possible. I am honored to serve as a ITTF North American Team coach. Our players's creditable performances, as follows:
Cadet Girls' Singles (Main Draw):
Round of 16: Crystal Wang (USA) defeated Sheree Zhang (CAN) - 3-0 : 11-5, 11-7, 11-9
Isabel Chu (USA) - bye
Quarter Final: Crystal Wang (USA) defeated Haein Yoon (KOR) - 3-1: 11-2, 8-11,13-11,11-8
Isabel Chu (USA) defeated Chelsea Edghill (GUY) - 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-5
Semi-finals: Adriana Diaz (PUR) defeated Crystal Wang (USA) - 3-2: 7-11,11-9,11-9,10-12, 11-1
Isabel Chu (USA) defeated Jiabao Liu (CAN) - 3-0: 11-9, 11-9, 11-9
Final: Adriana Diaz (PUR) defeated Isabel Chu (USA) - 3-2: 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 10-12, 11-1
Cadet Girls' Singles: Isabel Chu (USA) - Silver; Crystal Wang (USA) - Bronze
We were all impressed by Adriana Diaz of Puerto Rico who is only 12 years old, but gaining experience on the ITTF Junior Circuit. She was the number #1 seed and ranked #89 in U 15. In closing, thanks to the many coaches, the USATT, sponsors, and supporting parents, our USA cadets and juniors continue to progress.