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Lily Zhang and Kanak Jha defend US National Championships titles

Lily Zhang claims a fourth US National Championships Women’s Singles title (Photo: ITTF)

The 2017 edition of the US National Championships has produced familiar champions in the singles events, with both Lily Zhang and Kanak Jha defending their titles.

Las Vegas hosted the terrific action this time around, and spectators hit the jackpot at the Silverton Casino and Hotel after witnessing fantastic performances from Lily Zhang and Kanak Jha in the singles finals.

Going for her fourth Women’s Singles trophy at the event, Lily Zhang didn’t intend to give her opponent anything to cheer about in the title match and she most certainly achieved that goal.

Wu Yue is one of the country’s top female athletes in the sport, but she struggled to deal with Lily Zhang’s aggresive game as the latter player raced to a straight ends victory (11-5, 11-6, 11-7, 11-9).

Title defence for Kanak Jha (Photo: ITTF)

The Men’s Singles final was also decided across four ends, with Kanak Jha prevailing against 14-year-old challenger Nikhil Kumar.

While the opening two games were closely fought out, the rest of the match proved to be fairly one-sided as Kanak Jha successfully lifted the trophy for the second year running (11-9, 16-14, 11-3, 11-1).

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