No one was more surprised than Marie-Christine Roussy when veteran and
former world champion Lijuan Geng asked her to be her doubles partner at
the Olympic qualification tournament this past April in Rochester, N.Y.
The pair reached the final in their first tournament together to qualify
for the Games.
"My career goal originally was to make the 2004 Olympic team," said Roussy,
who maintains a 94 percent average at school. "It was quite an honor when
Lijuan asked me to play with her. We had good chemistry together and I was
very comfortable to play alongside such a strong player. She really
encourages me and understands I'm going to make a lot more mistakes than
Her brother Jean-Francois Roussy introduced her to the sport at a young
age. He still competes and is ranked 13th in the Canada.
Women's doubles: Lijuan Geng, Ottawa, and Marie-Christine Roussy, Le-Gardeur, Que., lost to Miao Miao and Shirley Zhou, Australia, 21-12, 18-21, 21-17 in Group A round-robin play; then lost to Judith Herczig and Jia Liu, Austria, 12-21, 21-10, 21-18.
Lijuan Geng, Ottawa, and Marie-Christine Roussy, Le-Gardeur, Que., lost in round-robin Group A
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