Chih-Yuan Chuang (WR #7) Breezes to Championship Title at Los Angeles Open

By Barbara Wei | Aug. 18, 2014, 12 a.m. (ET)

2014 LA Open

Chuang Chi-Yun

Chih-Yuan Chuang (WR #7) Breezes to Championship Title at Los Angeles Open

Chih-Yuan Chuang (WR #7) demonstrated to all the spectators at the 2014 Butterfly Los Angeles Open that a world top 10 player competes at a different level than anyone else. Chuang was calm and collected throughout the tournament, handedly taking out challenger after challenger with ease. Chuang’s speed and forehand prowess made retrieving would-be-point-winning shots look easy. Only losing one game throughout the weekend (to Shupeng Geng in the 8ths), Chuang established himself as one of the best players to have ever competed in the US.

In the final against Canadian fan favorite Eugene Wang (WR #63), Chuang fell behind 3-7 in the first game, and looked to be in trouble. Then suddenly, it was as if a light bulb turned on for Chuang, and he won the next 7 points to lead 10-7. Eugene was able to save the next two points, but could not save the game. For the rest of the match, Chuang seemed to find his rhythm and attacked hard to Eugene’s backhand. Eugene couldn’t find an answer for Chuang’s continuous barrage of attacks, and as a result Chuang comfortably took the match 4-0.  

It was an honor to have Chuang come to the 2014 Butterfly Los Angeles Open. Not only did his presence bring excitement for the spectators, but his play inspired the legions of American table tennis players to continue training hard and improving. Chuang will leave sunny southern California with the $10,000 top prize.

Continual coverage of the 2014 Butterfly Los Angeles Open and stories about the athletes will be available at butterflyonline.com, or via Butterfly North America’s twitter and facebook pages.