(By: Team Bowmar Sports)
The Ping Pong Diplomacy Celebration Tournament was held last week in the prestigious Triangle Badminton and Table Tennis Club. The event is in honor of the 50th anniversary of US/China Ping Pong Diplomacy. Players competed in eight events including U800, U1150, U1450, U1650, U1850, U2150, RR Open and 2-Person Teams.
For the Open RR event, third seeded Rachid El Boubou was dominant from the start, going 3-0 in the group the groups, then winning his Quarterfinal and Semifinal matches 3-0. He went on to defeat top seeded AJ Carney in the Final 3-2 (8, -8, 8, -8, 8). The other Semifinalsts were Shivanand Goud and Stephanie Sun – Goud fell to Carney and Sun fell to El Boubou.
Later AJ got his revenge together with Stephanie Sun in the 2-Person Team Event beating Rachid El Boubou and Roman Potapov.
|Event –||First Place||Second Place||Third Place||Third/Fourth Place|
|Under 800 RR||Toma Mamoulashvili||Avyukth Chellamani||Rishab Jairam||3rd-Mong Lor|
|Under 1150 RR||Guillermo Zuluaga||Avyukth Chellamani||Toma Mamoulashvili||3rd-Sidak Jolly|
|Under 1450 RR||Frank Kraehe||Diana Sosa||Sayantan Sur||3rd-Wen Zhang|
|Under 1650 RR||Ryan Tao||Sean Smith||Justin Foxworth||3rd-Diana Sosa|
|Under 1850 RR||Matthew Worrell||Roman Potapov||Ziggy Rivkin-Fish||4th-Chris Miller|
|Under 2150 RR||Avinash Sorab||Seyed Saadat||Wayne Carney||4th-Gauravdeep Aulakh|
|Open RR||Rachid El Boubou||A.J. Carney||Xizi (Stephanie) Sun||4th-Shivanand Goud|
|2-Person Teams||A.J. Carney||Rachid El Boubou||Tejas Avadhanula||4th-Chao Ouyang|
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