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MISSISSAUGA, ON (March 27, 2022) – The 2022 Commonwealth Games Trials for table tennis wrapped up Sunday at My Table Tennis Club in Mississauga, ON with Eugene Wang of Aurora, ON winning the senior men’s title, and Gina (Ching Nam) Fu of Toronto winning the senior women’s title.

With the top-3 finishers in the senior men’s and women’s competitions booking their tickets for the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, UK this summer, the competition was fierce all weekend long. With matches also being held in the U19 and U15 divisions, many players competed in several divisions in order to have the most amount of playing time as possible, given the lack of in-person competitions over the last two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Gina Fu, this ended up meaning back-to-back finals in the U19 and senior women’s divisions – and in a unique twist, both matches were against Katherine Morin of Drummondville, QC. In the U19 final, Fu took the win, 3 sets to 1, while in the senior final, Morin was able to win two sets – pushing the match to 5 games, with Fu eventually taking the title 3-2.

“I’m really happy. I prepared a lot for this tournament so I’m happy with my performance,” said Fu who is also coached by Eugene Wang. “After playing the first match, I got used to my opponent, so I knew what she was going to do which was helpful. I’m now going to work hard to prepare for the Commonwealth Games.”

Fighting for the last spot in the top-3 on the women’s side were Sophie Gauthier of Repentigny, QC and May Tong of Markham, ON. Gauthier ended up winning that match 3-0 to also book her spot for the Commonwealth Games this summer.

Wang will be heading to his third Commonwealth Games after previously attending the 2018 and 2014 Games. He booked his ticket with a straight sets win (3-0) over Jeremy Hazin of Richmond Hill, ON.

When asked what keeps him hungry to compete and to coach, Wang responded: “The sport is fun! It’s also always an honour to represent Canada on the international stage. I also want to pass on my experience to the younger players. I want to produce more and more players who are able to have top performances for Canada.”

The fight for the last top-3 spot on the men’s side was between Hongtao Chen of Toronto and Edward Ly of Lachine, QC.  In a tightly-fought match which saw the players trading set wins – tied at 2-2 heading into the last set, Chen, who travelled to the Tokyo Olympic Games this past summer as a sparring partner for Wang and Hazin, was able to take the win with an 11-5 victory in the last game to win the match 3-2.

Canada will send four women and four men to the Commonwealth Games this summer. The additions to the men’s and women’s team team will be announced in the coming weeks.

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To watch a live stream of the competition, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQN5H2YcSBOgBNuZeyO91HQ

COVERAGE BY: Julie Forget/Fortius Communications