commitment . determination . success

Markham, ON - November 18, 2012

The CCTTA is quickly becoming Canada's prime location for international table tennis competitions in Canada. After successfully hosting the 2012 Scotiabank Canadian Junior Open, the never tiring CCTTA President Harvey Fung marshaled his members to another successful venture, the 2012 CIBC Hong Kong Cup. Table Tennis greats Zoran Primorac (CRO) and Petr Korbel (CZE) led the field of entries with a team from Guangdong and from Hong Kong. Three Canadian teams rounded out the field.

In the team competition, CANADA 1 finished 4th behind Team Europe, Hong Kong and Guandong. Canada #1 Eugen Zhen Wang, in impressive manner, disposed of the top entry Zoran Primorac by a score of 3-0. 

Team Europe - in a match that went down to the wire - won the team finals against Hong Kong by a score of 3-2.

The biggest upset came in the Singles event where Canada's Pierre-Luc Theriault, who has had an outstanding year: ITTF North America Cup winer and ITTF North America Champion, eliminated top seed Primorac in the Quarter Finals in a closely fought 4-2 win (11-5, 12-10, 8-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-9.)

Xavier Therien, now the veteran on the Canadian team, upset the seeding in round 1 and ended the tournament for Hong Kong's Ka Chun Tse with a 4-1 win.

The semis featured two exciting match ups, China's Haohong Sun vs Pierre-Luc Therien and Peter Korbel vs Eugene Zhen Wang. While keeping it close, Theriault never seemed to gain the upper hand and had to acknowledge Chinese superiority.

Eugene Wang, on the other hand, had chances galore. At 2-2, he held no fewer than 4 game points only to see an excellent playing Korbel take the game, and eventually the match.

In the finals, Korbel dominated Haohong Sun and claimed top spot with a solid 4-1 win.