Seattle's best roll through Pac-Rim finals

Washington Table Tennis Club sports both singles winners
By Cliff Pfenning,
Yi Yong Fan returns a shot during the men's final Sunday.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning,
Singles champions Yi Yong Fan, left, and Jenny Zhao pose for a photo.
Photo by Cliff Pfenning,

BEAVERTON - Yi Yong Fan showed off his game face Sunday at the Tualatin Hills Recreation Center, and that confidence carried him to the men's singles title in the highlight match of the Pac-Rim Open.

Fan, a former member of the Chinese national team who has lived in the U.S. the past decade, dominated Yun Peng Qiao in a 20-minute final, 11-9, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4, frequently fist-pumping after key points and even staring down his younger competitor on the way to the $1,800 check for first place.

"I played with a lot of confidence," Fan said afterward, "and I let myself express that confidence.

"I had a lot of fun playing here. It's a wonderful tournament.

Tournament organizers said more than 200 competitors had signed up for the event, which carried a total prize purse of more than $10,000. The tournament took over all three courts of the Tualatin Hills basketball and running center.

Jenny Zhao, a teammate of Fan's at the Washington Table Tennis Club, won the women's final in three games, 15-13, 11-7, 11-7, over Jiaqi Zheng and claimed the $900 first prize.

For more information on Oregon's table tennis community, visit one of these club's web sites:

McMinnville Table Tennis Club

Oregon Table Tennis, Inc.

Portland Table Tennis Club

Salem Table Tennis Club

Silverton Table Tennis Club

Willamette Table Tennis Club