Local Table Tennis junior star, Chelsea Edghill, winner of the 2012 of the cadet edition of the Canadian Junior and Cadet table tennis Championships when she teamed with Korea’s Ku Kyojin, had to settle for bronze in the 2014 edition of those championships.
Edghill and Belgium Lisa Lung, ranked 56 in the world, two players who are qualifiers for the 2nd
Youth Olympic Games scheduled for 16th – 28th August 2014 in Nanjing China, had to settle for bronze at the Butterfly Canadian Open Junior and Cadet Championships.
The team made a perfect start to their campaign by recording a three-nil (3-0) success against Hu Xiyue and Annie Shi representing USA ‘B’ with Chelsea Edgill defeating Xiyie Hu by a 3-1 margin 11-8, 9-11,11-1,11-5, Lung defeating Annie Shi 3-1, and the Belgium and Guyana Pair won the doubles by a 3-1 margin, but on their second visit to the table it was a different story.
They suffered a tough three matches to two defeat at the hands of Canada ‘A’ with Lisa Lung, the winner earlier in the week of the Girls’ Singles event at the Road to Nanjing Series – North America tournament, remaining unbeaten in her two singles contests.
She accounted for Betty Guo (11-4, 11-7, 11-6) and Michelle Liaw (11-6, 8-11, 11-9, 11-7) but that was the sum total of her team’s success.
Chelsea Edghill was narrowly beaten in the opening match of the fixture by Michelle Liaw (5-11, 11-7, 5-11, 11-8, 12-10) and, in the vital concluding fifth contest of the duel by Betty Guo (11-9, 11-5, 13-11).
The crucial doubles very much turned the tide in favour of the Canadians; the third match of affairs, Betty Guo and Michelle Liaw posted a five games win 3-2 (7-11, 8-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-5) over Edghill and Lung coming from behind after trailing 2 matches to 0.
This meant combination of Belgium’s Lisa Lung and Guyana’s Chelsea Edghill had to settle for second place in their group; the consolation being that the teams finishing in first and second places in each group advanced to the semi-finals to play the cross over number one team from group 1.
With a chance for redemption beckoning the pair, they however had to settle for the bronze medal after losing their semifinals encounter by a 3-1 margin against USA’s “A” Prachi Jha, eventual winner of the girls singles competition and her partner Angela Guan a defensive player who went on to defeat Canada A by a 3-0 margin to take gold.
In the girls singles group stages, placed in group 1with number 1 seed Anqi Luo of Canada, Edghill advanced as second player in her group to the round of 16 by virtue of her win against Annie Shi USA by a 3- 0 margin 11-9,12-10,11-8. In her match against number 1 seed Annie Luo she lost 3-0 margin.
In the round of 16 Chelsea lost after being defeated by Michelle Liaw of Canada, a player she had a battle in the team events with, narrowly losing by a 3-2 margin 12-10 in the fifth and deciding set scores 11-5.7-11,11-5, 8-11,12-10, and in the singles the results were the same again- a narrow lost.
After valuable preparation and experience and time to reflect and strategize, Chelsea now focuses her attention on her Caribbean Examination Council Examinations while maintaining her intensive domestic training schedule. Her next engagements in preparation for the Youth Olympic games will be an ITTF Training camp for Youth Olympic games qualifiers scheduled for Taichang China June 3rd- 27th; the Pan American Olympic Festival in Mexico in July; the senior Caribbean Championships Cuba June/July; ITTF Training Camp USA/Sweden; Commonwealth Games Scotland Glasgow Jul/August; ITTF Youth Olympic Games training camp China and into the 2nd youth Olympic games.
Chelsea is an international table tennis federation “With the Future in Mind” player sponsored by Continental Group of Companies under its Sun Burst Juice brand and is coached by Idi Lewis.
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