27 Aug 2016

Quarter-finalist earlier in the year in March at the South American Junior and Cadet Championships staged in the Paraguayan capital city of Asuncion; Brazil’s Siddharta Almeida was very much the player in form on the second day of action, Friday 26th August, at the 2016 El Salvador Junior and Cadet Open.

In singles encounters the 17 year old remained unbeaten throughout.

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.

Impressive performances

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).

The final

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.

World Junior Circuit El Salvador Junior and Cadet Open Siddharta Almeida Yomar Gonzalez Sebastian Echevarria Aaron Wilson