Zhi Cheng wins BTTA Open Table Tennis summer tournament
By William Ysaguirre - Ag. Editor

[Linked Image] Zhi Cheng won one-day open table tennis summer tournament hosted by the Belize Table Tennis Association, at the Belize Elementary School Auditorium on Sunday , August 15, 2010 while Raheem Pitzold of Holy Redeemer won the cadets under-15 division.

Participants and spectators were entertained by the Belize National Anthem being played by the "father/daughter" violin duo of Carlos Cui, a top rank BTTA player, and his daughter, Carole Cui

Following this very impressive performance by the Cui's, the table tennis action "kicked-off" with the start of the main event.

A total of 26 players signed up for the "32 draw "double elimination" open competition format, and with "two losses and you are out" the competition was very fierce.

As an "open" tournament, players from all categories were given the opportunity to improve their overall "ranking", as they got the opportunity to play with players above their ranking.

The competition saw quite a number of players gaining victory over players higher up on the "ranking ladder". It also saw a few "new comers" making some advancements on their overall ratings.

Coming down to the final rounds, the expected "top rank" players did advance to the finals. Players such as Dan Habet, Nel Ayuso, Tux Vasquez, David Jones, Zhi Cheng, Ernesto Rivero, Francisco Ming, as well as B Category players, Peter Wong and Robert Peyrefitte, held on to the final rounds.


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