The 2019 Kansas City Table Tennis Spring Open brought in a plethora of talented individuals, all trying to test their skills against one another to capture one or more of the 14 crowns up for grabs. The first main event of the tournament paired up hometown favorite, Arjun Garapaty (1446), against the out-of-town underdog, Janek De Guzman (1135), in the finals of the junior event. With only his parents in his corner, Janek pulled off a very convincing upset, 3 games to 1, to win the first highlighted event of the tournament.
Following the outstanding play the two juniors displayed on Friday night, some of the top players in the KC area and Midwest drove to the Tony Aguirre Community Center on Saturday morning to test their serves and loops against the other competitors, in order to obtain the main title of the tournament, Open Champion. Bektemir Ysmailov (2207) from the University of Nebraska, and Parviz Mojaverian (2121) from the Kansas City
Following the amazing display of tactics presented in the Open Championship, the U1500 final paired up one of the KCTT President’s (Joe Windham) students, Drew Perez-Smith (1298), and the top seed, Dilip Garapaty (1429). In a shocking turn of events, Drew was being coached by his father, Ryan Smith, and Dilip was being coached by Drew’s coach, Joe Windham. While this may have affected most players in this situation, Drew remained unfazed and trusted his father’s advice, all the way to a massive 11-9, 11-2, 11-9 win for the U1500 crown.
After playing for an entire day, everyone showed up on Sunday morning with slightly less in the tank, a grudge to settle from the day before, and a cleaned racket ready to counter loop and chop their ways to the finals of their respective events. The main event for Sunday was U2000, and it produced excellent matchups, just as expected from some of the most consistent U2000 players in the Midwest. Advancing from the round robin stages were the top 5 players, and the 7th seed, Alexander Anuraga (1736), who managed to beat an equally talented Toraj (1748) in a thrilling 5 game match. Once again, the top seeds held their own against the field of players trying to pull
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