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 Anqi Luo on Top of the Podium in New Caledonia
Noumea, New Caledonia - In her quest to gain qualifying points for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games, Anqi Luo as the lone Canadian competed in New Caledonia at a Road To Nanjing Series junior competition. The New Caledonia Junior Open, part of the ITTF Global Junior Circuit, saw some of the world's leading junior girls teams in the competition, among them Korea and Taipei.

In the Junior Girls team competition, Luo teamed up with Thailand's Tamolwan Khetkhuan. The Thailand-Canada team  faced little opposition in the qualifying rounds defeating New Zealand and Australia by a score of 3-0. 

The semi-finals would be a different affair; after the two singles matches, the score was 1-1; next up the doubles fixture. The Canadian - Thai pair clicked in their first difficult match and defeated the Taipei doubles of Kuo Chia-Yun and Lee Yu-Peng by a score of 3-0, taking a 2-1 lead. Taipei came back to even the score. At 2-2 Anqi Luo faced Taipei's Kuo Chia-Yun. The Canadian got off to a bad start. Down 0-2 and 1-7 in the third, Taipei seemed to have the match wrapped up. But the never-say-die spirit of the young Canadian allowed her to get back into the game and win game three 12-10. With renewed confidence Luo went into the next two games, won and secured the team's victory.

In the finals, The Thailand/Canada team faced Korea, another powerhouse on the junior girls circuit. Buoyed by their semi-finals win, Luo and Khetkhuan left the Koreans no chance and defeated the Koreans 3-0.

"The girls showed great spirit and had an excellent performance here in Noumea," commented Canadian women's team coach Junya Chen. "This is the first gold for Anqi Luo on the international circuit. The training in Zhending, China leading up to this competition has certainly paid off. Now on to the individual competitions."

Anqi Luo will return to Canada for the ITTF North America Championships at Capilano University (August 25-27) and the Canadian Junior Open Championships, another Road To Nanjing series event (August 29 - September 1) at the same venue.

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