The local cadet boys duo of Aaron Wilson and Arun Roopnarine were stopped at the quarterfinal stage of the Scotiabank Canadian Junior and Cadet Open at the Canadian Chinese Table Tennis Association Centre, Markham, Greater Toronto, Ontario yesterday. After ending second to the International Table Tennis Federation North American combined squad in Group C of the first round with a 2–1 record, the T&T team was beaten 3–1 and missed out on a bronze medal. However, T&T started brightly when Wilson defeated Theodore Tran 9–11, 11–7, 11–9, 11–9 for a 1–0 lead in the best-of-five series.
But that was the only win for T&T as Kunal Chodri beat Roopnarine 11–6, 12–10, 11–9 to even the tie at 1–1 while the American duo battled past the T&T pair in the doubles encounter, 12–10, 11–9, 12–10 for a 2–1 lead before Chodri outlasted Wilson 14–12, 11–9, 10–12, 9–11, 11–6 to seal a 3–1 triumph and a semifinal date with Hong Kong, which was on a bye. In the other semifinal, Canada faces Korea after beating ITTF North American 3–0. Prior to its loss to USA in the knockout stage, T&T went under to ITTF North America 0–2 with Roopnarine losing to Filip Ilijevski 7–11, 4–11, 10–12 and Wilson at the hands of Alexander Moran 5–11, 11–8, 8–11, 8–11. A day earlier, T&T easily beat Canada and Barbados, both by a similar 3-0 margin.
Against Canada, Roopnarine came from behind to defeat Matthew Lehman 7–11, 5–11, 11–9, 11–8, 11–5 and Wilson then crushed Austin Lin 11–5, 11–3, 11–4 before the T&T pair wrapped up the match with an 11–5, 11–3, 11–4 doubles win. In their next match versus Barbados, Roopnarine overcame Steven Payne 11–6, 8–11, 13–11, 11–8 while Wilson got past Tyrese Knight 11–5, 9–11, 11–2, 11–5 and in the doubles, T&T won 11–3, 11–5, 11–4. Last night, both Roopnarine and Wilson were expected to serve off their Cadet Boys Singles campaign in Group B and Group F respectively. Roopnarine was grouped with Jeongwon Oh (Korea), James Yu (Canada) and USA’s Howard Tong in Group B while Wilson was carded to meet Alexander Moran (Canada), Mathew Lehman (Canada) and Jeong Min Oh (Korea). Today, both teenagers will also compete in the Junior Boys Singles group stage.