Day One of the 2023 Ontario Winter Cup.
If you thought Frederick Zhang’s bronze medal at the 2022 Ontario Championships (Men’s Senior) was a one-time occurrence, you were mistaken. Frederick won the Open tournament yesterday. He defeated veteran Andrey Mokhov in the semi-finals. While it seemed to be an easy route at first, Andrey managed to push it to fifth with his good technique and superb backhand. However, Frederick found another level after that, winning the fifth set and never looking back in the final against Austin Lin.
Austin was the tournament’s biggest surprise, winning in four sets against strong favorite Jordan Grewal in the quarter-finals.
Demi Cai (Grace Academy) played well yesterday but fell short twice in the fifth set. After leading 9/7 in fifth, she lost the U19 Girls Ontario Championships final against Jessie Xu (Three10). Jessie managed to turn the tables with a superb and long exchange in the following point. Demi also managed to push Andrey to all five sets in the Open event bronze medal match, although it was at the conclusion of her hectic Saturday on the first weekend of January.
Today, we anticipate a thrilling rematch between Demi and Jessie in U15G.
Three10 also has the other 2022 Ontario Champions for U19B. David Xu outperformed Jordan Grewal in the final. “I was desperate for this match. I want to be the champion of Ontario. Jordan defeated me in the Men’s Singles final in November, and this win means a lot to me “. Kevin Guo defeated Justin You in the match for third place (both from True North).
Justin won a shockingly easy 3:0 match against James Yu in the quarter-finals (5,2,6)
Winner of Class 4 is Derek Shen (Three 10), no 11 at current U19B ranking list.
Derek Shen, who is now ranked 11th in the U19B rankings, won Class 4. Three 10’s quiet and dedicated player who has just started his U19 career.
Sophia beat her sister Stephanie in the gold medal match in Class 6. It seems that sister Bai is on course to become a key role in Ontario and Canada in the foreseeable future.