The girls’ semi-finals saw 4 different provinces represented – Ontario, British Columbia, Quebec and Alberta. In the end, Quebec’s Annie Coulombe and Shirley Fu from British Columbia will play off for the Gold medal.
In the first semi-final, Ontario’s Jiawei Liu was up against the top seed from British Columbia, Shirley Fu. In the first game, Liu went up 4-2 early but Fu rallied to win 7 points in a row to go up 9-4. Fu then closed out the match 11-7. Fu got off to a fast start, 5-0, in the second game. Liu tried to rally a comeback but fell short 11-9. In the third game, Fu won 11-6 to win the match 3-0 and place British Columbia in the Gold medal final.
In the second semi-final, 14 year old Annie Coulombe from Quebec was looking for her second straight upset in a row as she played the third seed, Roxana Pao from Alberta. Annie got off to a quick start to go up 4-0 in the first game. Roxana then won 7 of the next 8 points to take the lead 7-5. Annie showed lots of fight to tie it up at 8 and then won the next 3 points to win 11-8. The second game had a number of great rallies. At 10-8, Annie got a little lucky and after a long rally, her last shot hit the net and trickled over to win the game 11-8. The third game saw both Pao and Coulombe trade points back and forth until at 9-8 for Coulombe. At that point, Annie won the last 2 points to win the game 11-8 and the match at 3 games to zero.
Annie Coulombe now has beaten the second seed and the third to make the finals. In the Gold medal match, Annie Coulombe from Quebec will now play the top seed, Shirley Fu from British Columbia.
The Gold medal match between Annie Coulombe (QC) and Shirley Fu (BC) will take place at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 26th as will as the Bronze medal match between Jiawei Liu (ON) and Roxana Pao (AB).
To watch the live feed of table tennis at the 2011 Halifax Canada Games, go to http://canadagames.bellaliant.net/live.php?y=2011&m=02&d=24