US Open Review 
 
The US Open 2012 took place in beautiful Grand Rapids Michigan, at the stunning Devos Place convention centre, from July 2nd to 4th.  Of the 611 entries, over 10% were Canadians, including London 2012 athletes Eugene Zhen Wang, Hongtao Chen,  Andre Ho, and Pierre-Lu Hinse.

Men’s Singles

Both Andre Ho and Pierre-Luc Hinse met with strong Chinese talent in the Men’s Singles draw.  Ho played well against Jianxu Liu of China, but in the end came up short (4,8,9,10).  Hinse played a 7 game nail-biter against Qing Liang Wang, who just sneaked by him in the Round of 16 (10,10,-8,5,-7,-10,8).

In the Round of 32, Hongtao Chen, put on a big effort, but was only slightly bettered by Korean Sang Soo Kim (7,-6,10,-7,6,-15,7).

Eugene Zhen Wang had come of a win at the Florida Open two weeks earlier. In a friendly match against a Korean team, he did not give up a match and at the US Open he made a statement by not leaving much chance to his opponents.

Only Filip Szymanski of Poland, who had been training with the Canadian team prior to the US Open, pushed their semi-finals match to a 7th game (9,5,8,-9,-8,-9,9). In the finals, Eugene met yet another European player, Thomas Keinath. of Slovakia  After a 5 game finale (7,9,-7,1,13), Eugene put the final point away to claim his first US Open title.

 

Other Canadian Highlights:

  • Hongtao Chen -  first in the U21 Men’s Singles.
  • Anqi Luo – third at the ITTF Global Junior Circuit Junior Girls Singles
  • Catherine Dauplaise and Jiabao Liu – first in the Cadet team event (ITTF Global Junior Circuit)
  • Betty Guo and Amy Nichols – third in the Cadet team event (ITTF Global Junior Circuit)
  • Betty Guo and Amy Nichols – second in the Cadet doubles event (ITTF Global Junior Circuit)
  • Pierre-uc Theriault – second in the US Open (U2600)
  • Joe Law – second in the US Open Over 40
  • Jeremy Hazin, Moxi Guo & Filip Illevski - Semi Finalists in the Cadet Team event (ITTF Global Junior Circuit)
  • Jeremy Hazin & Filip Illevski - Semi Finalists in the Cadet Doubles Event (ITTF Global Junior Circuit)
  • Edward Ly - Finalist in CA9 competition.

 

For complete results see
US Open page on teamusa.org