|By Mark Johnson
In the general interest category, the
Open singles champion was Freddie Gabriel who defeated Peter Zajac in the
final. Freddie defeated Shashin Shodhan and Peter defeated Avishy Schmidt
in the semi-finals.
On a personal note, I was very satisfied with my own results. Two of my
three losses were 11-9 in the fifth --- first to Terence Chan in the U1900
singles quarter-finals and then to Bo Ding in the U2050 singles.
The loss to Terence was a bit painful since I had come from 2-0 down to
lead in the fifth game only to lose the final point on a somewhat furious
exchange in which I thought I had established some amount of control but
was unable to return the final high return which floated deep into my
backhand corner (ignore for the moment that the end of the point was also
disrupted by a ball from the adjacent table and a player following it ---
ah, but that is just my bitterness speaking).
I also lost to Scott Gordon 3-0 in the U2250 quarter-finals. The 3-0
result was a bit disappointing since I had actually upset Scott the last
time I played him. I should have at least taken a game from him. But
Scott was playing well since he went on to win the event by defeating Mert
Caglar (USATT rating = 2100+) in the semi-finals and Renjie Liu in the
Finally, I would like to congratulate Gary Barretto and David Hanson in
their play in the U3400 doubles. Although they were only semi-finalists,
they were clearly the second best (if not the best!) team there. I should
know since we played them in the semi-finals. We quickly fell behind 2-0,
before we were fortunate enough to win the final three games to reach the
finals. The final itself was anti-climactic since Victor and I took that
in three straight games where only the first game was ever in question.
Oh ... and thanks to our fellow MSCTT members --- Bo Ding, Jerry Poon,
Qingmin Liu, etc. --- who watched and cheered us on in the finals. That
made it a lot more fun.