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Paulo Rocha and Shamini Kumaresan, the Players to Cause First Day Upsets


Paulo Rocha in form in Santos

No current World Ranking owing to an absence from international play, the host nationís Paulo Rocha was the player to cause the major upset on the opening day of play, Wednesday 13th June, in the qualification stage of the Menís Singles event at the GAC GROUP 2012 ITTF World Tour Brazil Open in Santos.

A Brazilian to the cause of an upset in the first phase of the Menís Singles competition; in the counterpart Womenís Singles event, the mantle fell on India to cause the surprise.

The player to upset proceedings and attract the attention was Shamini Kumaresan.

Two Notable wins
At the Guatemala Junior and Cadet Open in 2009, where he was a Junior Boysí Singles semi-finalist, Paulo Rocha accounted for colleague Eric Mancini in his opening match in the group (11-4, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6, 12-10), before concluding his group stage matches with victory over Argentinaís Adriel di Salvo (11-9, 11-8, 11-7, 11-8).

Main Draw Place Booked
Two fine wins means that Paulo Rocha has booked his place in the main draw; for Eric Mancini and Adriel di Salvo the odds are not in their favour of further progress.

Three ďLucky LoserĒ places are drawn at random from the players finishing in second place in their respective groups; progress depends on lottery.

World Ranking
Eric Mancini currently stands at no.404 on the Menís World Rankings, Adriel di Salvo is at no.909.

Not terminal
Meanwhile, in the first phase of the Womenís Singles event, Shamini Kumaresan hit form.

Presently listed at no.246 on the Womenís World Rankings, she accounted for Mexicoís Yadira Silva, named at no.233, in four straight games (14-12, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9).

However, the defeat is not terminal, the players finishing in first and second places in each group progress to the main draw.

Form Continued
Shamini Kumaresan continued her good form to beat Brazilís Lais Toma (11-4, 11-3, 11-5, 11-5), whilst Yadira Silva resigned defeat to history and overcame Karin Hayama, also from Brazil (11-7, 11-4, 11-13, 12-10, 14-12), to keep her hopes alive.

Each player still has one match in the group to play; Yadira Silva plays Lais Toma, Shamini Kumaresan confronts Karin Hayama.

Leading Names Progress
Two upsets but there were no more with the leading names on duty in the first stage of proceedings emerging unscathed.

In the Menís Singles evet Ryan Jenkins of Wales, Belgiumís Lauric Jean, Indiaís Soumyadeep Roy all made fine starts as did Brazilís Hugo Calderano.

Similarly, in the opening matches in the first stage of proceedings in the Womenís Singles event there were few problems for the elite quartet.

Lily Zhang of the United States, Polandís Kinga Stefanska, Indiaís Mouma Das and Brazilís Ligia Silva all remained unbeaten.

Conclusion of First Stage
The first phase matches conclude on Thursday 14th June.

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