Pan Am Games Results - Day 3

By USATT | July 21, 2015, 1:30 p.m. (ET)


Women's Team Results

Finals

ABC

USA   3

0   BRAZIL XYZ
3
ZHENG Jiaqi      
7 11 1
GUI Lin       
11 9
11 6
11 8
3
ZHANG Lily      
11 3 2
KUMAHARA Caroline       
7 11
11 4
5 11
12 10
3
WU Yue    ZHENG Jiaqi    
12 10 0
SILVA Ligia    GUI Lin   
11 6
11 8

ZHANG Lily      

SILVA Ligia       

WU Yue       

KUMAHARA Caroline   

The USA won their sixth Pan American Women’s title by defeating Brazil 3-0 in the final.

Brazil, who were the number one seeds heading into the event where looking for their first Women’s team title, but were no match for the Americans.

 

Jiaqi ZHENG gave the USA a perfect defeating Lin GUI 7-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8 in the opening fixture. 

ZHENG, who is a traditional penholder stated: “Before the match I was very nervous, as this means the world to me. It was the first told I played GUI, so I just tried to attack her as much as possible. I was very happy I could give the team a winning start.” 

The 2014 Youth Olympic Games bronze medallist Lily ZHANG kept up the momentum by saving one match point to defeat Caroline KUMUHARA in the second match 11-3, 7-11, 11-4, 5-11, 12-10. A delighted 19 year old stated after the match:  “We know each other so well, we have played many times. In the fifth game I tried not to think of the score, just about playing my style and keeping a clear head. It is an amazing feeling to be the champion. Words can’t describe how happy I am” 

To clinch the gold Jiaqi ZHENG partnered with Yue WU to beat Gui LIN & Silva LIGIA in the doubles 12-10, 11-6, 11-8.   

Puerto Rico created history in both the men’s and women’s teams event by claiming bronze, which is their first ever table tennis Pan American Games medal. They were joined on the bronze medal podium by the hosts Canada, who also won bronze in the men’s and women’s team events.

Semi-Finals

ABC

USA   3

0   CANADA XYZ
3
ZHENG Jiaqi       
11 9 0
ZHANG Mo       
11 4
11 3
3
ZHANG Lily      
14 12 0
LUO Anqi       
11 7
11 8
3
WU Yue ^   ZHENG Jiaqi    
11 9 0
COTE Alicia    ZHANG Mo   
11 3
11 8

ZHANG Lily      

COTE Alicia       

WU Yue       

LUO Anqi       

USA after they beat Canada in the women’s team semi finals: 

Zheng Jiaqi - “I played Zhang Mo about eight years ago at the U.S. Open and I lost in seven games. The first game was close because I found it difficult find a rhythm to my play; when she plays from the forehand the ball comes to you very flat.” 

“After the close first game I slowed down and focused my attentions on keeping the ball short”     

Lily Zhang - “I was a bit shaky, a bit nervous in the first game against Anqi. After I won the opening game, I relaxed; I change the rhythm of the play, changed my top spin attacking strokes, sometimes fast sometimes slow.” 

Wu Yue - “Actually we don’t play together that much, I live in Newark, Jiaqi lives in California. However we are good friends and she is so good with her short play, it creates openings for me to attack.”