The first Youth National Ranking tournament kicked off at ICC Table Tennis Center in Milpitas, California yesterday, with over 100 entries. Spanning from Hopes events all the way up to Juniors, the event is a gathering of the top young table tennis hopefuls from across the United States.
Yesterday the Cadet singles grabbed the attention with some highlight names among the entrants, the likes of the Naresh brothers, Matthew Lu, Daniel Ng, Ethan Ruan and a host of other top cadet players from around the country. On the girl's side the Sung sisters, having just returned from their medal-grabbing success in Italy, were looking strong, their field includes the likes of Swathi Giri, Emily and Angie Tan and yet again more members of the US National team.
There were plenty of thrills and spills on day one, the most impressive factor has been the display of fighting spirit and emotion from the young players, who are throwing everything on the line to achieve their best performances. There are many coaches and parents here in support and the building is buzzing as the matches go on.
Yesterday certainly produced some thrilling encounters, none so impressive as one of the last matches of the day - that between brothers Sid and Nandan Naresh. The show of sibling rivalry had onlookers standing by nervously as the two went back and forth in a real pressure battle. The match went down to the 5th and final game, with an infectious air of nervous pressure.
The end result was an upset win for younger brother Nandan, producing some exceptional rallies - like the one below.
While the result will be a hard one to swallow for Sid Naresh, he will be back out here today to show us all what he's made of. The reigning National Cadet Champion is one of the leading players in the competition, while his younger brother Nandan is the top seed in the mini-cadet boys singles and has now also made his mark in the cadet boys event.
Be sure to follow all the results in the link below:
- 2019 US Youth National Ranking Tournament Homepage