The gold medal final for girls’ singles was a matchup of the top seed from British Columbia, Shirley Fu against the giant killer from Quebec, Annie Coulombe. Annie has beaten the 2nd and 3rd seeds in the quarters and semi’s respectively to be a surprise finalist.
Shirley took control of the first game by going up 5-1 early and taking game 1 by a score of 11-4. In the second, it was Annie’s turn to go up 5-1 but, unlike Shirley, was not able to hold the lead and lost 11-7. Annie showed she was a fighter in the 3rd game digging balls far away from the table and not giving Shirley any easy points. Annie was up 10-6 but Fu saved 3 game points to make it 10-9. Annie was able to win the next point and extend the match to the 4th game with a 11-9 victory in game 3. Shirley’s experience proved to be too much for Annie as she was able to win the 4th game 11-1 and take home the gold for British Columbia.
Fu said she was “excited, I feel so accomplished now” when asked about her performance at the 2011 Halifax Canada Games where she won 3 medals including 2 gold medals.
Annie, the 14 year old from Quebec and the 11th seed to start the tournament had nothing to hang her head about as she showed great fight, potential and also had 2 of the biggest upsets of the tournament.
The bronze medal match between Alberta’s Roxana Pao and Jiawei Liu from Ontario was an exciting one. Pao came back from being down 2 games to 1 to win the last 2 games by scores of 11-4 and 11-8 to score a 3-2 victory and win the bronze medal for Alberta.