This weekend, many young junior players are taking up the challenge to compete in the US Adult Nationals in Westborough, Massachusetts, with some of them winning their way to the quarter finals.
Alex Cheng from from Massachusetts won against GJ Watts from Las Vegas in the first round and Phillip Kang from Massachusetts in the second round to advance the quarter final against #1 seed Howard Shu from California in today’s Men’s Singles.
Another young warrior, Nicholas Waller from Massachusetts, almost eked out an upset win against #3 seed Siraroj Phanpuchara from Las Vegas in the longest match of the day lasting an hour and 6 minutes.
In Men’s Doubles, Jerry Yang and Darren Yang from Massachusetts surprised #3 seed Milind Dake (Florida) and Pushkar Phadke (North Carolina).
It was not all about the young players today with Andy Chong, a 10-time former US Champion in the 80’s and 90’s with partner Karine Hsu almost pulled off the biggest upset of the day against #1 seed Mixed Doubles Kyle Emerick and Thuy Hoang from California. Chong/Hsu led 20-17 in the third game, but Emerick/Hoang managed an amazing rally to score 5 in a row to take the match.
The US Adult Nationals will continue tomorrow starting from 9 a.m. Eastern time. Check the results of the games here.