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Amy Wang Takes Gold at Pan Am Championships in Havana, Cuba

by Barbara Wei

Singles – Amy Wang (USA) at the 2023 ITTF Pan American Championships – Expocuba Pablellón Salud – Havana, Cuba. Sept. 14, 2023. (Photo by ITTF Americas/Calixto N. Llanes)

A cool-headed Amy Wang (USA WR #68) prevailed against Adriana Diaz (PUR WR#13) and Bruna Takahashi (BRA WR#37) in nail biting encounters in the semi-finals and finals of the Women’s Singles to clinch the championship title. Amy, seeded 4th, prevailed over the higher seeded players in her usual cool-headed, all business, fashion.

In the semi-final encounter against reigning champion and Puerto Rican super star Adriana Diaz, Amy went down 1-3 in the best of 7 match, but then won 3 games in a row, winning 11-9 in the 7th, to lock her place in the final. The final against Bruna Takahashi also went to the full distance, with 4 of the 7 games being decided by only two points. In the end, Amy was able to take the title 12-10 in the 7th and claim her first Pan Am Championship title.

Lily Zhang (USA WR #31), defending silver medalist, sailed through until the semi-final, where she fell to Bruna Takahashi 1-4. Rachel Sung (USA WR #243) and Sally Moyland (USA WR #188) finished in the top 16 and top 32, losing to Bruna and Adriana, respectively.

USA Table Tennis sends our congratulations to our women players for an outstanding performance, taking home gold and bronze in the women’s singles event at the 2023 Pan American Championships in Havana, Cuba.