Carelyn Cordero reaches new heights
Photo By: Carlos Duarte
Winner of the Junior Girls’ Singles title at the Mexico Junior and Cadet Open, which concluded in Puebla on Saturday 21st July 2012, Puerto Rico’s Carelyn Cordero climbs into second place on the ITTF Junior Girls’ Singles Standings, as a result of her efforts in the five day tournament.
The winner early in the year in Malta, the 18 year old Puerto Rican, occupied 13th place on the list prior to the commencement of proceedings in the Mexican town.
Following the conclusion of proceedings, Carelyn Cordero now possesses 2,470 points, trailing Singapore’s Zhou Yihan, who is very much out on her own. The Singaporean has made four appearances on the ITTF Junior Circuit in 2012 and on each occasion she has emerged victorious.
Good news for Carelyn Cordero and it is most certainly good news for Latin America; Brazil’s Hugo Calderano and Eric Jouti, the two players who contested the Junior Boys’ Singles final in Mexico with the former emerging successful, continue to occupy the top two places on the Junior Boys’ Standings.
Hugo Calderano has 4,470 points, Eric Jouti owns 1,340 points.
More South Americans in Form
Furthermore, there are two further Latin Americans making progress on the Junior Boys’ Standings.
Vitor Ishiy, also from Brazil, moves from no.40 to no.13; whilst Argentina’s Pablo Saragovi climbs from no.43 to no.15. Vitor Ishiy now owns 1,340 points, Pablo Saragovi has 1,270 points.
Maximum of Two Players from One Country
However, for Vitor Ishiy a place in the ITTF Junior Circuit Finals in January 2003 in Guatemala looks a long shot.
A total of 16 places is available but no country is permitted more than two players; with Hugo Calderano and Eric Jouti stretching their lead at the top, a place in Guatemala for Vitor Ishiy is remote.
The situation for Pablo Saragovi is somewhat brighter but he may still have to climb higher.
Every continent is allocated one place in each of the Junior Boys’ Singles and Junior Girls’ Singles events at the ITTF Junior Circuit Finals. Furthermore, there is one place reserved for the host nation.
There are no players from North America or Oceania listed higher than Pablo Saragovi. Conversely he has met the requirement of competing in two continents; six players listed higher have not, as yet, met that requirement.
More Argentine Progress
Progress for Pablo Saragovi and there is also progress for his compatriot, Agustina Iwasa; the runner up to Carelyn Cordero in Mexico, she advances from no.40 to no.14. She has 1,400 points.
Hung Ka Tak Climbs List
A worthwhile visit to Mexico for Latin American players and for one player from Asia; Hong Kong’s Hung Ka Tak, beaten by Pablo Saragovi at the quarter-final stage of the Junior Boys’ Singles event in Puebla is now at no.14 with 1,320 points.
Previously he was listed at no.35.
No Change for Chasing Pack
First and second places for Hugo Calderano in Mexico, means that there is no change in the positions of the chasing group; none being present in the Central American country.
Chinese Taipei’s Hung Tzu-Hsiang remains in second place with 3,190 points; he is followed by Hong Kong’s Chiu Chung-Hei (2,475 points), Japan’s Yuto Higashi (2,100 points), Singapore’s Xin Zhaoxu (1,900 points) and Hungary’s Adam Szudi (1,728 points).
Clarence Chew, also from Singapore (1,530 points), Japan’s Asuka Machi (1,500 points) and Germany’s Qiu Lang (1,464 points) complete the top ten.
One Place Lower
Meanwhile in the Junior Girls’ Standings, following the elevation of Carelyn Cordero, it is a drop of one place for the next-in-line.
Marina Berho of France is in third spot with 2,459 points, being followed by the Singapore duo of Li Ye (2,170 points) and Isabelle Li (2,110 points).
Next on the list is Sweden’s Kristina Zetterström (1,886 points), Hong Kong’s Li Ching Wan (1,840 points) is in seventh place ahead of Croatia’s Lea Rakovac (1,816 points) and Romania’s Bernadette Szocs (1,728 points).
Germany’s Yuko Imamura and Theresa Kraft both possess 1,560 points and complete the top ten Junior Girls’ Standing names.
Positions Following Mexico Junior and Cadet Open: ITTF Junior Circuit Boys’ Singles and Girls’ Singles Standings