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Manitoba Closed Results and Team TOBA 2023 Canada Games Team Named

The M.T.T.A. hosted the Manitoba Closed Championships on Saturday November 5th. The event was coupled with the third and final tryouts to select our Boy’s & Girl’s teams for the 2023 Canada Winter Games.

This was the first event where Covid capacity restrictions were not in play. 44 players form Winnipeg, Eastman and the south Regions competed along with a visiting student from Belgium, Simon Mahy. The referees for the event were Darek Mikita and Greg Dzioba who served up some exciting draws!

After the last ball had bounced, the results were as follows:

“Pro” Singles: Gordon Chow def. Yi Fan Lu 11-8, 11-8 (shortened match best 2/3).

“B” Singles: Victoria Lee def. Allan Saindon (Ste. Genevieve) 11-5, 11-6, 11-7.

“C” Singles: Ferdinand Pascual def. Simon Mahy (Belgium) 11-6, 12-10, 11-9.

40 Years “A” Singles: Juan Tagle Jr. def. Marcos Sioson 11-6, 11-9, 11-8.

40 Years “B” Singles: A. Saindon (Ste. Genevieve) def. Eric Hernandez 5-11, 11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 11-7.

Jr. Boys “A” Singles: Jeremy Huang def. Charles Belches 11-9, 11-6, 11-9

Jr. Boys “B” Singles: Zeqian Dong def. Owen Hu 11-9, 10-12, 11-4, 11-8.

Jr. Girls “A” Singles: Victoria Lee def. Alexus Lee 11-8, 11-9, 12-10.

Open Dbls “A” Div: G. Chow/ Terry Zhang def. J. Huang/ Grace Qi 12-10 (shortened match 1 game).

Open Dbls. “B” Div: Charles & Samantha Belches def. Noel Cantada/ M. Sioson 11-3 (shortened match 1 game).

2023 Canada Games Team Named: The Junior Boy’s and Girl’s events were the third and final events held in order to name the first selected male and female players. Based on the results of Manitoba Closed junior events and coupled with those held in October and last March, the top finishing boy was Jeremy Huang and the top finishing girl was Grace Qi. Congratulations to these two players. Coach Arvin Tronco had his “coach’s” picks to name his number two’s and alternates. His selections were Charles Belches for the boys and Victoria Lee for the girls. First alternates named were Joel Geake from Morden and Victoria’s sister Alexus. These selections were unanimously supported by the coaches and the Athlete Development Committee. Kudo’s to all of these players and keep up the hard work as we count down to the P.E.I. Games.

Results for all events were prepared for Manitoba & Canadian ratings and rankings and the 2022-2023 $2,350 CIRCUIT STANDINGS are linked to the right. Next up is the Manitoba Open on December 10th and 11th.

Ron Edwards Reporting