Table Tennis started off February 19 at Westerner Park with Patrina Hui (Burnaby) and David Lin (Richmond) playing a mixed doubles quarterfinal match against Alberta. The British Columbians got off to a good start, but were ultimately upset by the host Albertans 3 games to 2. Playing against Nova Scotia in the 5/6 placement game, Hui and Lin were no doubt the stronger team, making quick work of their opponent, winning 3 games to 0. They finished the mixed doubles event with a fifth place result.
Steve Wang (North Vancouver), Kenny Jiang (Burnaby), and David Lin (Richmond) began their male singles events after receiving byes to the Round of 32. David Lin (Richmond) quickly defeated Daniel Zhao of Prince Edward Island 3 games to 0, advancing to the Round of 6 where he defeated Daniel Jiang of Alberta 3 games to 0. Kenny Jiang (Burnaby) matched Lin’s success, defeating Ben Robertson of Nova Scotia 3 games to 0 and Zhaoyu Chen of Alberta 3 games to 0 in the Rounds of 32 and 16 respectively. Steve Wang (North Vancouver) completed the male singles sweep on the day, defeating Michael Hiscock of Newfoundland and Labrador 3 games to 0 and Joshua Lu of Saskatchewan 3 games to 0. All three men compete Wednesday morning in the quarterfinals.
"I think my matches were, I played a bit nervous, a bit tight, and I didn’t really let go for the whole thing. I’m very glad and proud that my team all made it to the quarters and they are going to be competing against the strongest players in this tournament tomorrow and we hope we win and get to finals,” said Steve Wang on his performance today.
In the female singles, Patrina Hui (Burnaby) took her Round of 16 match against Carol-Jean Wong of Manitoba 3 games to 0 and her Quarterfinals match against Katherine Morin of Quebec 3 games to 0. Benita Zhou (Vancouver) also won both her matches, defeating Lucy Fan of Saskatchewan 3 games to 0 in the Round of 16 and Ivy Bao of Alberta 3 games to 1 in the Quarterfinals. With their wins, Hui and Zhou both advanced to the semifinals on Wednesday afternoon. Fiona Nie (Surrey) had two difficult matches on the day in the female singles. She got off to a great start on the day, defeating Emilia Mallette of Quebec 3 games to 1 in the Round of 16. In the Quarterfinals however, the 13-year old lost a hard fought five game battle to Ann Shiao of Ontario 3 games to 2.