Keeping the game fun in Omaha with two of Ariel's biggest supporters!
Obviously disappointed by his early departure in the “Elite Singles” event on Saturday, Mark Hazinski (2530) was looking for revenge in the Sunday Open Singles event.
10 events concluded play on the first day of the St. Louis Open, including but not limited to the highly anticipated US citizen only “Elite Event”.
Fourth seed in the “Elite Singles” event, Joey Cochran (2399) was the least likely out of the top 4 seeds to take home the championship title.
Restricted to only U.S. citizens, this event will feature some of today’s most dedicated American table tennis players.
Congrats to Prachi Jha and Kanak Jha on their outstanding performances at the Butterfly 2014 Canadian Junior & Cadet Open.
Second seed in the “Elite Singles” event, Samson Dubina (2490) hopes to cause an upset to become the first ever “Elite Singles” Champion at the 2014 Butterfly St. Louis Open.
Mark Hazinski (2530), top seed in both the Open Singles and Elite Singles event at the 2014 Butterfly St. Louis Open, hopes to follow in the steps of his coach Danny Seemiller (accomplished player, coach, and USA Hall of Famer) in his table tennis career.
Joey Cochran (2399), 4th seed in the Elite Event of the 2014 St. Louis Open, hopes the experiences he will have at the St. Louis Open will help him accomplish his dream of making the US Pan-Am or US Olympic team in the upcoming years.
Playing in her sixth consecutive World Championships, she made her debut when 12 years old in Yokohama in 2009, she recorded the two victories against Hungary.
Only U.S. Olympic eligible players (US Citizens) may enter the unique “Elite Event” which features the most prize money out of any of the events at the 4-star tournament ($2000 for the winner, $6,200 overall).
The Shonie Aki Scholarship award, in the amount of $1,250 for one year, will be offered to a young table tennis player who has aspirations to complete a college education, become a better player and a productive individual who would reflect on Shonie's legacy.
As of April 18th the USATT Board of Directors appointed Chief Operating Officer Doru Gheorghe to fill the vacated position of Mike Cavanaugh as Interim CEO.
Reigning PGA Champion Jason Dufner is in China this week to play in the Volvo China Open -- an event on the European Tour's International schedule.
Round three of the 2014 US Open blog as the event returns to Grand Rapids.