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Jenson Van Emburgh's Exceptional Performance at World's Biggest Para Event

By Matt Hetherington | May 15, 2019, 12:34 a.m. (ET)

Jenson Van Emburgh is climbing his way to the top and is showing no signs of slowing down. The teen para table tennis star from the USA took part in the biggest para table tennis tournament in the world, the Slovenia Para Open, which had a staggering entry cap of 450 players. 

The event brings the best para competitors from around the globe, an attraction which no doubt Van Emburgh saw as a burning opportunity to claim more upset wins on his road to Tokyo Paralympic Qualification. 

Van Emburgh who recently rose to his career high world ranking of 19th, will likely be set to move onwards and upwards yet again. In Slovenia he recorded wins against the number 11 and number 6 in the world in his class. These results are incredibly promising for Van Emburgh who continues to go from strength to strength, continuously hauling medals at Para events around the world. 

In Slovenia he impressed by reaching the quarterfinals of the singles event, and also combined with Colin Judge of Ireland to secure a silver medal in the team event. 

In the group stages of the singles he won his matches to advance into the last 32, taking a straight games win over the world number 11 from Germany. 

He recorder 2 straight games wins in the main draw against WR33 Kancler of Slovenia and WR41 Czerwinski of Poland.

He lost out in the quarterfinals in a well fought 3-1 match against WR18 Youngbok Baek of Korea. 

In the team event he defeated WR30 Svatos from Czech Republic, WR23 Kim Jin-Sung of Korea, also combining with Judge to make a considerable impact in their doubles combinations.

The outstanding victory came against Ukraine's Vasyl Petruniv in the fifth, the current world number 6. 

The pairing lost out in the finals against a skillful and highly ranked Chinese team, ranked 1 and 5 in the world. 

Congratulations Jenson, keep fighting for greater achievements!

You can find the results at - ITTF PTT - Live Results