Power and increased consistency makes Hugo Calderano a formidable adversary
Photo By: Quique Aparicio
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A bronze medal in the Boys’ Team competition and following the quarter-finals of the Boys’ Singles event at the ITTF Cadet Challenge, a medal of the same colour is the minimum that will adorn the neck of Brazil’s Hugo Calderano when the presentations are made at the close of proceedings.
First place in his group secured one day earlier, without being extended the full distance; on Saturday 21st January 2012 in the splendid surroundings of the Puerto Rico Convention Center, Hugo Calderano maintained his good form.
Efficiently and with a degree of comfort he progressed.
He overcame Jonathan Ou of the United States in five games (5-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-5, 11-5), before recording a comprehensive quarter-final victory over India´s Abishek Yadav in four straight games (11-8, 11-4, 11-7, 11-3) to reserve his semi-final place.
Throughout proceedings at the ITTF Cadet Challenge, the Brazilian has impressed; in fact he has lost just one singles match to date.
In the Boys’ Team semi-final contest again Asia he was beaten by China’s outstanding Zhou Qihao, a player who has displayed a maturity beyond his years and has been a class above his adversaries.
However, against Hugo Calderano, the Chinese teenager almost came to grief; he trailed by two games to nil before winning three in a row to ensure success.
Living in São Paulo
Physically strong and increasingly consistent, Hugo Calderano is most certainly determined to succeed; in fact he has moved from his home in the magnificently situated Rio de Janeiro to live in São Paulo.
He practises at the São Caetano Club where Brazil’s leading players are based; training alongside the likes of Gustavo Tsuboi, Cazuo Matsumoto and Hugo Hoyama would seem to be playing dividends.
“If you want to make progress in Brazil and play at a high level I think it’s really important to go to São Caetano”, said Hugo Calderano. “I practise in the morning; then in the afternoon I go to school.”
Disappointment for Europe
Success for Hugo Calderano and success for Latin America; however, for Europe it was the reverse scenario at the quarter-final stage of the Boys’ Singles event.
Three players from the old continent entered the arena; three suffered defeat at the hands of Asian adversaries.
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Zhou Qihao, the no.1 seed, beat Portugal’s Diogo Chen (11-9, 11-8, 12-10, 11-7) with Korea’s Park Jeong Woo, a member of the ITTF Hopes Team, and compatriot Kim Min Hyeok following suit.
Park Jeong Woo defeated Andrea Landrieu of France (11-9, 11-8, 6-11, 7-11, 11-4, 11-4), whilst Kim Min Hyeok overcame the Czech Republic’s David Reitspies (11-7, 11-9, 11-7, 12-10).
At the semi-final stage Zhou Qi meets Park Jeong Woo, whilst Hugo Calderano confronts Kim Min Hyeok.
Disappointment for Europe but in the Cadet Boys’ Doubles, medals are assured.
Sweden’s Carl-Ahlander Johansson in partnership with David Reitspies confronts the formidable partnership of Zhou Qihao and Abishek Yadav in the semi-finals; whilst in the opposite half of the draw Andrieu Landrieu and Diogo Chen meet Park Jeong Woo who partners Poland’s Patryk Zatowka.
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