Kanak Jha Heads Successful US Pan American Junior Campaign with Trio of Golds

By Matt Hetherington | June 26, 2017, 10:31 p.m. (ET)

Kanak Jha stood upon the podium in the top spot after a successful finish to his Pan American Junior Championships campaign. Gold in the Boy' Singles, Gold with Sharon Alguetti in the Boy's Doubles and of course his Gold from a very successful US Team Event Campaign (read more). US Team Coach Jorg Bitzigeio was very pleased with the results and the cohesion of the team stating that "they performed really well and presented themselves as a great team with lots of support for each other."

On his way to victory, Jha would drop just 2 games. A 4-0 win in the round of 32, the round of 16 match with Bentancor of Argentina would see a 4-2 win, his biggest challenge in the event. He would win his next 3 matches 4-0 including the semifinal over Canada's Jeremy Hazin and the final against Brazil's Carlos Ishida. In the Men's Doubles with Sharon Alguetti there were a couple more tough rounds with the semifinal and final both going full distance. To reach the final they won 3-2 over Burgos and Martinez of Chile, while the final they grasped 13-11 in the 5th over Argentina's local heroes Bentancor and Sanchi.

Crystal Wang and Amy Wang both took home their gold medals from the team event, along with a bronze each in the singles and a silver in the girl's doubles. Crystal went out 4-1 to eventual winner Bruna Takahashi from Brazil, while Amy also lost in 5 games, to 2016 US Open Champion Adriana Diaz of Puerto Rico. Both high quality opponents in the top 2 seeds in the event, but a great battle from the two girls. 

Brazil would upset the order in the Girl's Doubles as they overcame Amy and Crystal Wang, the top seeds in the event, 3-1. Despite the US pair not having dropped a game prior to the final, the Girl's Singles winner Takahashi was in fine form and paired with Nakashima to give the gold in the event. 

Victor Liu and Rachel Sung reached the semifinal in the mixed doubles event and rounded off a successful medal haul for team USA.

Congratulations to the team for their great performances and team atmosphere along with coaches Jorg Bitzigeio and Gao Jun, a superb set of results!

Complete Pan American Junior Championships Results