Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
|Women’s Team Medallists Decided at ITTF-Latin American Championships
Brazil, Cuba, Chile and Venezuela emerged successful at the quarter-final stage of the Women´s Team event at the ITTF-Latin American Championships in Guadalajara on the afternoon of Tuesday 24th May 2011.|
Chile gave the most commanding performance with the trio of Berta Rodriguez, Paulina Vega and Judith Morales recording an impressive three-nil victory over the El Salvador outfit comprising Sandra Orellana, Wang de Ying and Karla Perez.
|Fabiola Ramos, experience counted as she steered Venezuela to victory
|However, for the remaining three successful teams, life was more testing.
Brazil recorded a three-one victory over Guatemala thanks largely to the efforts of Ligia Silva. She beat both Analdy Lopez and Eva Godoy with the one further win being posted by Jessica Yamada.
In the second match of the fixture, she defeated Andrea Estrada; the one Guatemalan success came from Eva Godoy and Analdy Lopez in the doubles. They accounted for Katia Kawai and Jessica Yamada by the very narrowest of margins in the fifth game.
A three-one win for Brazil but for Cuba and Venezuela it was the full five match distance.
Defeat for Host Nation
Two wins from Yadira Silva, she beat both Leisy Jimenez and Glendys Gonzalez, could not prevent defeat for Mexico against Cuba. Leisy Jimenez combined with Glendys Gonzalez to secure a four games doubles win over Mercedes Madrid and Laura Rosales whilst Lisy Castillo accounted for both Laura Rosales and Mercedes Madrid.
Lisy Castillo gave one hundred per cent for the cause; she is definitely the noisiest player in the tournament; her cries of glee when she wins a point can be heard in Havana! Furthermore, she never gives up. Against Mercedes Madrid in a desperate attempt to return a strong topspin from the Mexican, she managed to break a hole in the towel box.
Her foot was stuck in the box and the first aid people had to be called to enable her escape!
For me; I’d select her anytime but I’d buy a set of headphones if I’m ever needed to sit courtside!
Success for Cuba and also for Venezuela in a full distance contest with the first match of the duel the decisive contest; Luisana Perez beat Eva Brito in five games to set Venezuela on the road to victory.
Wu Xue levelled by beating Fabiola Ramos and levelled matters again by overcoming Ruida Ezzeddine after the latter had partnered Luisana Perez to doubles success over Eva Brito and Johenny Valdez.
Matters concluded with the deft skills of Fabiola Ramos proving too much for Johenny Valdez, at the end of the day experience counted.
In the semi-finals Brazil meets Cuba and Chile confronts Venezuela.