This year’s Ontario Championships were held at CCTTA in Markham, April 23 – 24; six of the juniors from TopSpin KW competed.
Vedant Parikh and Sally Kim participated in the U11 Boys and U11 Girls events, respectively. In the group stage Vedant finished second, allowing him to move into the knockout round. He lost a close match in the round-of-16. Sally’s U11 girl category was a straight round robin. Although Sally played hard and had a lot of close matches, she finished at the bottom of her group.
Vedant, Sally and Marina Ilyas all participated in the U13 events. In U13 Boys, Vedant played three close matches in the group stage winning one and losing two. Although he finished third, he did not move on to the knockout round. In the U13 Girls event, Marina and Sally ended up in the same group. Marina won the encounter with Sally, finishing second in the group; Sally finished fourth. In the knockout rounds, Marina lost a close match in the quarter-finals while Hayoung fell in the round-of-16.
Marina and Sam Orend participated in the U15 Girls and Boys events respectively. Marina won one match and lost two, finishing third in her group, one spot off of advancing. Sam was grouped with the top seed in the event. He ended up losing both of his matches, although putting up a good fight.
Marina, Sam, Ryan Kim and Alex Foley all participated in U18 events. In the U18 Girls event, Marina finished fourth in her group. She lost to the eventual champion in the round-of-16. In the Boys event, Sam finished third in his group, one spot off of advancing. Alex and Ryan both finished second in their groups, winning one match and losing another. Both played hard round-of-16 matches but were eliminated.
Sam also competed in the U1000 event, where he played three matches: winning one and losing two. Unfortunately, this put him in third place in the group, one spot off of advancing into the knockout stage.
Ryan and Alex participated in the U2400 event. In the group stage, Ryan beat one player seeded above him, and one below, finishing with two wins and one loss. Unfortunately, due to a three-way tie, Ryan finished in third and did not advance. Alex was the lowest seed in his group and beat both the second and third seeds, finishing in second place. In the round of sixteen, Alex won 3-1, earning a spot in the quarter-finals. Alex lost a close match 3-1 in the quarter-finals.
Overall, a good time was had by all and many exciting matches were played. The players have been improving rapidly and this can be seen in their impressive results. Photos from the event can be found on the Ontario Table Tennis Facebook page here. Detailed results from the event can be found here.