LIMA, PER (November 16, 2021) – Eugene Wang of Toronto, ON captured a silver medal in men’s singles at the 2021 Pan American Table Tennis Championships in Lima, PER on Monday night, losing in a tight final to the tournament’s top-seed, Hugo Calderano of Brazil 4-2.

Wang, who was only seeded 17th in men’s singles for this competition due to his low-ranking points from not having competed internationally for almost two years (outside of the Olympic Games), only dropped one set on his road to the finals.

“I’m disappointed that I couldn’t win or make the match outcome closer,” said Wang following the finals. “I was leading in the sixth set (best of seven), so losing that set was disappointing. This was my first international competition since the Olympics though and I generally felt good. I was able to adapt quickly and I know that I am capable of performing well.”

In the women’s singles competition, Ivy Liao of Vancouver, BC advanced to the quarterfinals where she faced the top seed at the competition – Adriana Diaz of Puerto Rico. Liao did not advance, losing the match 4-0. Diaz went on to win the women’s singles title.

“My goal (coming into this competition) was to get to the round of 16 in women’s singles and medal in women’s teams and women’s doubles. Unfortunately, while we didn’t medal in doubles (they lost in the quarterfinals), I was able to surpass my goal for singles and teams is starting today,” said Liao who competed in women’s doubles with Gina (Ching Nam) Fu of Toronto, ON who is competing in her first senior international competition for Canada.

“So far, the moment I am most proud of is winning my round of 16 match in women’s singles against Daniela Ortega from Chile. I was the 27th seed playing the 8th seed, so having the opportunity to compete against her, beat her 4-0, and make it to the quarterfinals was a wonderful experience that I’m very grateful for.”

In men’s doubles, Edward Ly (Montreal) teamed up with Matteo Martin (Montreal) and they advanced to the quarterfinals where they lost to the eventual silver medallists from Chile, 3-0.

Canada had two teams entered in the mixed doubles competition and both teams were knocked out in the round of 16. Wang partnered with 4-time Olympian Mo Zhang (Vancouver), and they lost 3-1 to the team from Brazil, while the second team of Edward Ly (Montreal) and Fu lost 3-2 to the team from Puerto Rico.

Next up for Canada is the team competition where a qualification for the World Team Table Tennis Championships to be held in Chengdu, CHN in April 2022 is on the line. The top-6 teams in both the men’s and women’s competitions will qualify.

The team competition runs from Tuesday, November 16th to Friday, November 19th.

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