Toronto’s Sharon Fichman has struck gold at the 17th Maccabiah Games in Israel. Fichman, Canada’s flag bearer in these Games, had to go through four rounds of competition to earn the gold medal.
She defeated Tsippora Watterman of the Netherlands, 6-2, 3-0 (ret) in the first round. Then she reached the medal round by beating home crowd favourite Efrat Mihor of Israel 6-2, 6-2. In the semifinals, she guaranteed herself no worse than a silver medal by earning a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Julia Glushko of Israel. In the gold medal match, she beat American Nicole Ptak. Her gold medal is part of an impressive 44 medals won by Canada at the Games thus far.
Canada enjoyed even more on court success at the Games when Montreal’s Valeriya Dandik and Thornhill’s Mia Gordon won bronze in the junior girl’s doubles event. Fichman hopes to further add to that medal count, currently competing in the mixed doubles semifinals alongside Oran Belilti of Richmond Hill.