26 Aug 2016

Top seeds in the Junior Girls’ Team event at the 2016 El Salvador Junior Cadet Open, staged in the country’s capital city of San Salvador, enjoyed a successful opening day on Thursday 25th August.

The trio comprising Peru’s Janina Nieto, Ecuador’s Dayana Jaramillo and the host nation’s Adriana Galdamez duly finished in first place in their group without the loss of a single individual match to justify their position at the head of the list.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Meanwhile, Ecuador represented by Eunice Galvez and Emeliy Quinllin, the next in the order of merit, experienced only a slightly more difficult journey to pole position.

Impressive

Impressively, Janina Nieto and Dayana Jaramillo combined to overcome the Costa Rica ‘A’ Team partnership of Nicole Granados and Fiorella Vallecillo before, with Adriana Galdamez partnering Janina Nieto, a second three matches to nil success was recorded in opposition to the El Salvador ‘C’ Team partnership of Johanna Beltran and Michelle Quinteros.

Likewise Eunice Galvez and Emely Quinllin recorded a three-nil victory over the Costa Rica ‘B’ Team partnership of Kimberly Arias and Silvia Trejos, as well as in opposition to the El Salvador ‘B’ Team combination of Dinora Salazar and Gabriela Romero.

More Testing

However, against the El Salvador ‘A’ Team partnership of Emme Arias and Cecilia Orantes, life was more testing; a three matches to one win was the end result but the contest was arguably closer than the margin of victory may suggest, three of the four matches went the full five games distance.

Emme Arias gave the host nation the ideal start by beating Eunice Galvez (9-11, 11-6, 5-11, 11-6, 11-4) but that was to be her team’s only success.

Cecilia Orantes was beaten by both Emely Quinllin (11-6, 11-2, 11-7) and by Eunice Galvez (3-11, 11-5, 11-7, 4-11, 11-5), with sandwiched in between the Ecuadorians securing the vital doubles (11-6, 12-14, 11-9, 10-12, 11-6).

Second Position

Defeat for El Salvador ‘A’ but it was their only reverse, as it was for Costa Rica ‘A’; thus with teams finishing in first and second places advancing to the second stage, semi-final places were reserved.

Similar Situation

Progress for Ecuador and El Salvador in the Junior Girls’ Team event; it was the same in the Cadet Girls’ Team competition, where similarly, there were two groups in the initial phase.

Keren Constanza and Gabriela Suarez, on duty for El Salvador ‘A’, finished ahead of Ecuador’s Mylena Plaza and Viviam Ruiz; Melissa Mendoza and Monica Mendoza, representing El Salvador ‘B’, concluded matters in second spot in their group behind the combination of Guatemala’s Lucia Cordero and Puerto Rico’s Nicole Malave.

Conclusion

Play in the Junior Girls’ Team and Cadet Girls’ Team events, concludes on Friday 26th August.

World Junior Circuit El Salvador Junior and Cadet Open Eunice Galvez Emely Quinllin Janina Nieto Dayana Jaramillo