(by Steve Hopkins)
The ITTF World Youth Championships is now underway in Tunisia and many of the worlds best are present to compete in U19 and U15 events over the next week. For the USA, we have Sarah Jalli, Sally Moyland, Tiffany Ke, Kayla Goodwin, Rachel Wang, Hannah Song, Amy Zhang, Daniel Tran, Darryl Tsao, Andrew Yang, and Anav Gupta competing in three team events: U19 Girls Teams, U15 Girls Teams, and U15 Boys Teams.
In early action, TeamUSA’s U19 Girls squad defeated Chinese Taipei 3-2. Sarah Jalli was 1-1 in her two singles matches, Tiffany Ke lost a tight 2-3 match in her singles match, and Sally Moyland logged two wins. On Monday, USA will face China in the Quarterfinals. TeamUSA drew the top seeded Japan squad in the U15 Girls Team event. Kayla Goodwin, Rachel Wang, Hannah Song each fell in their match as Japan advanced 3-0. The U15 Boys team met a similar fate on Saturday – drawing the top seeded French team with Daniel Tran, Darryl Tsao, and Anav Gupta each losing their singles match.
Our team will have more opportunities in the upcoming singles and doubles events over the next few days.
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