Barbados’ 15 and under male and female table tennis players had a rough baptism against North America today, losing both match-ups 5-0 on day one of the ITTF World Cadet Challenge being played at the Garfield Sobers Gymnasium.
Tyrese Knight was the only competitor in the boys’ category who came close to winning a match against Bryan Ho, who managed to hold on to a 3-2 victory. Knight got off to a good start winning the first set in the best of five 11-9. But Ho came back to win the second set 11-3 to level the score at 1-1. The third set showdown was a bit closer between the two but the Canadian held on to take that set 12-10 even though local boy Knight fought hard to win the penultimate set 11-9 and lock the match 2-2 to make the game a bit more interesting. However, Ho played the better of the two in the decider to defeat Knight 11-8, which ended the game 3-2.
Earlier, Knight also went down 3-1 to another North American Jeremy Hazin. Knight won the opening set 15-13 but was unable to finish the remainder of the match on a high. Hazin came back strong in the second, third and fourth sets 11-2, 11-5 and 11-7 to defeat the Barbadian.
Marcus Smith also had a rough time on the table for the hosts in his two matches. In his first match against Ho, he too got off to a good start winning the first set 11-9 but was beaten in the next three sets 12-10, 11-5 and 12-10. In his second match, he went down in straight sets 11-2, 11-3 and 11-8 against Hazin.
Ramon Jackman also had a taste of the competition and he too was unable to give the very few Barbadian supporters something to shout about as he was easily defeated at the hands of 13-year-old Jack Wang, 11-5, 11-3 and 11-6.
The Bajan girls also had a poor showing against North America and were defeated in three straight sets in their respective contests. Kenady King was the first on court representing the Barbados female team and she went down 11-5, 11-3 and 11-4 to Crystal Wang, and in her second game against 12 and under world champion Amy Wang, King also lost 11-1, 11-8 and 11-2. Janae Lewis also played two matches and lost both against Wang 11-6, 11-1 and 11-5. Lewis also was unable to produce a win in her second game and lost to Wang 11-1, 11-3 and 11-2. While in a match-up that read 11-6, 11-5 and 11-5, Jazel Griffith of Barbados put up a bit of a fight for the hosts but could not handle the speed and accuracy of Justina Yeung of Canada.