It was a battle of the top 2 seeds. Ontario’s Yen-Chun Lu and Zexuan Wang have already won the gold medal in the team event and boys’ double. Now, they will square off against each other in the gold medal match for boys’ singles.
Zexuan starts the match off strong by building leads of 3-1 and 6-2. Yen-Chun is not able to make up ground during the game as Zexuan wins game 1, 11-4. Now, its Yen-Chun strong play to take leads of 4-1 and 8-2. The 8-2 lead is too big for Zexuan to overcome and Yen-Chun wins 11-6 in game 2. With the match tied 1-1 and the gold medal awaiting the winner, the intensity goes up a couple notches.
Game 3 starts and Yen-Chun starts out up 3-0. Zexuan fights back and takes a 9-6 lead. Yen-Chun wins the next 2 points to make it 9-8 for Zexuan. With Zexuan feeling the pressure, he takes a time out. It proves to be a good move as Zexuan is able to win the game 11-9 and take a 2-1 game lead in the match.
Zexuan takes a 6-1 lead in the 4th game and it looks like he is well on his way to the gold medal. Yen-Chun, the one that shows more outward intensity, wins 7 out of the next 8 points to take a 8-7 lead. Zexuan wins the next point to tie it at 8 but Yen-Chun wins the next 3 points to win 11-8 in game 4. The match is now tied 2-2 and it is all down to one game and the winner takes the well earned gold medal. At this point, the crowd is well aware that these 2 athletes are as evenly matched as the score shows.
In the final game, Yen-Chun builds a 8-4 lead. Zexuan has the next 2 serves and Yen-Chun is unable to return either of them. Zexuan wins the next point when his last shot touches the net and Yen-Chun is unable to make the adjustment to return it. The score now is 8-7. Five points later, the match ends with a score of 11-8 and Yen-Chun, the top see, wins the gold medal in the 5th and deciding set.
In the end, the large and appreciative crowd got their monies worth out of the match and Yen-Chun Lu got his third gold medal of the 2011 Halifax Canada Games.
Teammates from British Columbia played for the bronze medal match in boys’ singles. They were Adrian Lee and Jeremy Lau. Similar to the gold medal match, the bronze medal match went to the 5th and deciding set to determine the winner. Adrian took control the match by winning the first 2 games with scores of 11-7 and 11-9. Jeremy was able to level the match at 2 by winning the next 2 games 14-12 and 11-8. In the 5th game, Adrian Lee was able to win 11-5 and win the bronze medal.