2012 Body Conscious, Newgy Nashville Table Tennis Open–Roger Dickson


The Nashville Table Tennis Club was quite lucky to find two sponsors who wanted to see great table tennis in Middle Tennessee! Body Conscious – a massage & wellness company and Newgy Industries stepped up sponsorship that brought not only the local heroes to the Academy Park gym in Franklin, TN on March 10, 2012 but players from as far as Las Vegas, NV (Ralph Stadelman), Nebraska (Gordon Dickey and Rod Cowles) and Pittsburgh, PA (Nadya Denysenko).

With the top four seeds – Rocky Wang, Didi DeSouza, John Mar, and Yevgeniy Puzyrev – receiving a bye out of the morning session, all eyes were on the “new guy” 67 year old Shoujie Yang from Mississippi - via China. Shoujie has the “classic” game: penhold grip with pips out and showed all that he was a serious threat for the afternoon Championship group!

The Championship groups were super fun to watch as the variety of styles made every set a challenge! As expected Rocky Wang controlled his group and John Mar came in second, but in the other group Didi found himself down 10-8 in fifth to Shoujie! Call it will or magic, Didi somehow won the next four points to finish in the top spot! The second advancer came through thanks to a three way tie that was broken by Yevgeniy having won a tough 3-0 match with Slawomir Waclawik.

There were a lot of intense points through the semi –finals, but in the end the top two seeds retained their position and also agreed to split the final as the length of the matches had exceeded the time available for play. Both Rocky and Didi promised to come back and entertain the crowd with a thrilling match –next time!

Roger Dickson

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