by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
At the semi-final stage of proceedings against the Swedish duo of Oskar Danielsson and Hannes Iwarsson his efforts proved crucial, as he partnered Trinidad and Tobago’s Aaron Wilson to a three matches to one success.
Impressively he accounted for Hannes Iwarsson in the opening match of the fixture (12-10, 11-4, 12-10), before in the third match of the engagement overcoming Oskar Danielsson (11-6, 11-8, 8-11, 11-2).
Sandwiched in between he allied with Aaron Wilson to secure a straight games doubles success (11-5, 11-5, 11-5).
Success against Sweden at the semi-final stage, in the final it was success against Puerto Rico; a contest that was arguably closer than the three-nil victory margin may suggest. Two of the three matches went the full five games distance.
However, that was not the scenario for Siddharta Almeida; he gave his team the perfect start by beating Yomar Gonzalez, the highest rated male player on duty in San Salvador, in three straight games (11-6, 11-9, 11-8).
Aaron Wilson followed suit by overcoming Sebastian Echavarria in five games (11-8, 3-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-5), before Siddharta Almeida returned to the table to join forces with Aaron Wilson and record a doubles success (11-5, 6-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7).
Overcame El Salvador
A three-nil defeat for Puerto Rico in the final; earlier at the semi-final stage it had been a comfortable three-nil success in opposition to the El Salvador ‘A’ Team pairing of Olivier Mendoza and Oscar Villalta.
Attention now turns to the individual events; play concludes on Sunday 28th August.