Athletes of the Month - September

By Sean O'Neill | Oct. 01, 2014, 9 a.m. (ET)

Tahl LeibovitzTahl Leibovitz

Four-time U.S. Paralympian Tahl Leibovitz (Queens, New York) reached the quarterfinals of class 9 at the ITTF World Para Championships, held Sept. 6-15 in Beijing. Leibovitz dominated pool play with wins over Spain’s Gonzalez and Mexico’s Vazquez in a pair of 3-0 victories, and then defeated Vadym Kubov of Ukraine, 3-1 before falling in 5 games to Nozdrunov (RUS). Leibovitz is currently ranked No. 6 in the world in class 9.

Crystal WangCrystal Wang

U.S. world team member Crystal Wang (Boyds, Maryland) won two gold medals at the 2014 North American Championship, held Sept. 1 in Mississauga, Ontario. Wang secured the junior girls singles title and then partnered with Amy Wang (Sewell, New Jersey) and Angela Guan (San Jose, California) for a 3-0 victory over Canada. With the wins, Wang helped Team USA earn a berth to the ITTF World Junior Table Tennis Championships.

Timothy WangTimothy Wang

US Men's Singles Champion Timothy Wang (Houston, Texas) captured the silver medal at the 2014 North American Championship, held Sept. 1 in Mississauga, Ontario. Wang eliminated Xavier Therien of Canada, 4-1, in the quarterfinals and American teammate Yahao Zhang (Dallas, Texas), 4-0, in the semifinals. In the finals, Wang ran into top-seed Eugene Wang of Canada, where he dropped a 4-1 decision for the silver medal.