Both semi-finals started with an Ontario – British Columbia match. In the end, teammates from Ontario will play for the Gold and teammates from British Columbia will compete for the Bronze medal.
In the first match, British Columbia’s Adrian Lee played Yen-Chun Lu, the top seed from Ontario. The first game was played at a fast and furious pace. Adrian was leading 4-2 and 6-4 before Yen-Chen won the next 7 points to win 11-7. In the second game, Lu continued his strong play to take a 10-5 lead. Lee then won 3 points in a row to make the score 10-8. Ontario used a strategic time out to slow pace. It worked as Lu won the next point to win the game 11-8. The third game was tied at 5 until Lu won 4 points in a row to take a 9-5 lead. Lu was then able to close out the match by winning the third game 11-7.
In the second semi-final, Jeremy Lau from British Columbia played the second seed from Ontario, Zexuan Wang. In the first game, Wang took control early going up 5-0. Lau was not able to match Wang for the rest of game and lost 11-3. Again, in the second game, Wang got out to an early lead 7-3 and won the game 11-7. In the third game, Lau and Wang were tied at 6 but Wang was able to close out the game and the match by winning the last 5 points with a 11-6 score.
Teammates Yen-Chun Lu and Zexuan Wang from Ontario will play for the Gold medal while British Columbia’s Jeremy Lau and Adrian Lee will play for the Bronze. The Gold and Bronze medal matches will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, February 26th at Citadel High School.
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