Team BC continued to roll through the Table Tennis competition on Wednesday at Westerner Park. In the male singles event, Steve Wang (North Vancouver), Kenny Jiang (Burnaby), and David Lin (Richmond) each started the day in the quarterfinals.
In his match against Sam Orend of Ontario, Lin cruised to a 3 games to 0 victory to solidify a place in the semifinals. Steve Wang (North Vancouver) rallied behind a loud cheering section to upset second ranked Alexander Bu of Ontario and also advance to the semifinals.
Unfortunately, Kenny Jiang (Burnaby) couldn’t join Lin and Wang in the semifinals, as he was defeated 3 games to 0 by third ranked Tommy Xu of Quebec.
Later in the day, David Lin (Richmond) was defeated by Edward Ly of Quebec 3 games to 0 in the semifinals to put him in the bronze medal match, but Steve Wang (North Vancouver) upset Tommy Xu of Quebec 3 games to 0 to advance to the gold medal match.
In female singles, Fiona Nie (Surrey) bounced back after a disappointing Tuesday. In the 5/8 placement semifinals, Nie defeated Katherine Morin of Quebec 3 games to 1, putting her in the 5th/6th placement game. There she played Yu-Hsan Chen of Ontario, where she lost 3 games to 0 to finish the event in sixth place.
In the semifinals, Patrina Hui (Burnaby) was defeated 3 games to 1 by Ann Shiao of Ontario and will play for bronze. Teammate Benita Zhou (Vancouver) defeated her opponent Sophie Gauthier of Quebec to advance to the gold medal match.
Team BC Table Tennis will play for six medals on Thursday. Benita Zho on how she prepares for two gold medal matches tomorrow.
“I think the first thing is sleeping well at night, making sure that you have a full night’s rest, and also staying hydrated and eating well too. Also, just relaxing and not being too nervous about the next match.”
In the morning session Thursday, Fiona Nie (Surrey) and Benita Zhou (Vancouver) will play Ann Shiao and Jin Wu of Ontario in the female doubles gold medal match, while Kenny Jiang (Burnaby) and Steve Wang (North Vancouver) will play Mattéo Martin and Tommy Xu of Quebec in the male doubles gold medal game.
In the afternoon, Steve Wang (North Vancouver) will take on Edward Ly of Quebec for the male singles gold medal, while David Lin (Richmond) will play Tommy Xu (Quebec) for bronze. Benita Zhou (Vancouver) will play Ann Shiao of Ontario in the female singles gold medal match, while Patrina Hui (Burnaby) will take on Sophie Gauthier of Quebec for bronze.