Bay Area dominates Pac-Rim Open

Chinese nationals win American dollars
By Cliff Pfenning,
Weijian Zhang awaits a return during the men's final.
By Cliff Pfenning,

  San Francisco’s Ping Pong Dojo sent a brigade of top-flight players to Portland this weekend and they headed back to the Bay Area with both men’s and women’s titles at the Li-Ning Pacific Rim Open Saturday and Sunday.
  Weijian Zhang outlasted teammate Cheng Yi Du in a seven-game final, ralllying from a 3-2 deficit to claim the $1,800 top prize.
  Zhang, seeded third, won the title, 13-11, 9-11, 11-9, 7-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6.
  Du survived a seven-game semifinal win over top seed Yi Yong Fan of Seattle to reach the final.
  Jiaqi Zheng won the women’s final over teammate Ge Jie Mai, 11-6, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8, to claim the $800 first prize.
  The tournament, held at the Tualatin Hills Recreation Center, attracted nearly 200 players and handed out $10,000 in prize money.
  In the Open Division, only one Oregonian, Simone Yang of Portland, played as far as the semifinals. Yang, the Oregon state champion the past two years, lost to Zheng in four games.
  The men’s Open did not have an Oregonian in the top 32.