The 2021 US Open Table Tennis Championships will be hosted in the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, from December 17 to December 22, according to USA Table Tennis.
US Open Table Tennis Championships 2021
- Date: Dec. 17 – 22, 2021
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
- Event Type: 5 Star
- Event website: https://www.teamusa.org/USA-Table-Tennis/Features/2021/September/03/USA-Table-Tennis-Announces-2021-US-Open-Table-Tennis-Championships
Simeon Martin of Canada won the U-21 Men Singles. Martin made the Finals because of a good draw (first seed Vlialta Garcia lost to Taran Tummala in the group stage). He also beat Nishant Lebaka and Gabriel Perez of Puerto Rico. In the final, Martin beat USA’s Kai Zarehbin in seven games.
Jiaqi Lin of the USA was the top seed and went undefeated through the group stage and single elimination. Lin won both of her group stages matches 3-0, the semifinal walkover, and the final 4-0 over Fiona Nie. Jiaqi Lin won the title without losing a game.
Daniel Tran (USA) won the U15 Boys. Tran won all four of his bouts by 3-0 scores. After knocking out first seed Aditya Sareen in the Semifinals, Tran beat Darryl Tsao. He beat Jensen Feng in the other Semi.
U15 Girl’s Champion Sally Moyland Moyland was the top seed and faced Emily Quan in the final. Moyland won 3-0.
Aditya Sareen won the U13 Boys Singles, Yishiuan Lin won the U13 Girls Singles, May Mouchinski won the U11 Boys Singles, and Irene Yeoh won the U11 Girls Singles.
For the Men, one Semifinal featured Lei Kou (now a Ukrainian citizen and multiple national champions) versus Daniel Gorak (a Polish player who played in the 2016 Olympics).
In the other Semifinal, Nikhil Kumar faced Eugene Wang of Canada. Both Kou and Wang won their matches 4-0, and Lei Kou won the final. 2826 rated Kou beat 2735 rated Zhen 4 times in a row.
This is the full match:
In Women’s Singles, Lily Zhang of the USA defended her US Open title. Three of the top four seeds advanced to the Semifinals, virtually entirely by rating. Yixiao Wang (California) beat Jiaqi Lin to reach the Semifinals (where she lost to second-seeded Deng Deng). Zhen Deng, a Hunan-trained Texas Wesleyan student, beat Lily Zhang in the first game. Lily then scored three straight to take the lead.
Deng fought back, winning two straight games to force a seventh. But not in the seventh game. An 11-2 victory lap to win the US Open.
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