by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
The no.2 seed he staved off the challenge of Puerto Rico to secure the top prize.
Puerto Rican challenge
At the quarter-final stage he accounted for Gabriel Perez (11-4, 11-4, 11-6, 11-6), before overcoming Franisco Matias, the no.6 seed (9-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-6, 13-11, 11-9) and Sebastian Echavarria, the no.8 seed (9-11, 11-7, 11-7, 12-10, 11-7) to reserve the top step of the medal podium and thus win his first ever ITTF Junior Circuit Boys’ Singles title.
Notably the Puerto Ricans were all in good form. One day earlier Gabriel Perez had been the surprise winner of his group, whilst at the quarter-final stage Francisco Mattias had overcome Aaron Wilson the no.3 seed (6-11, 11-6, 12-10, 12-10, 11-8).
Likewise, Sebastian Echavarria had recorded a quarter-final win over Panama’s Jacobo Vahnish, the surprise first round winner over Sweden’s Oskar Danielsson, the no.4 seed (15-13, 17-15, 11-8, 12-10). One round later, Sebastian Echavarria had raised the eyebrows even more by overcoming colleague Yomar Gonzalez, the top seed (11-5, 13-11, 11-6, 11-6).
A quarter-final exit in the Junior Boys’ Singles event for Jacobo Vahnish; in the counterpart Cadet Boys’ Singles competition it was success.
He beat Costa Rica’s José Perez (13-11, 11-6, 11-2) to claim the title, having at the semi-final stage ousted Ecuador’s Bryan Escobar (11-2, 12-10, 11-5); in the counterpart penultimate round contest, José Perez had defeated Paraguay’s Elias Apud (5-11, 11-8, 11-8, 12-10).
The third step of the podium for Elias Apud; in the Hopes Boys’ Singles event it was the top step; he beat Sweden’s Love Iwarsson in the final to claim the title (11-7, 15-13, 11-9).
Tunisia next on itinerary
Matters concluded in El Salvador; the next stop on this year’s ITTF World Junior Circuit is Hammamet; the Sopal 2016 Tunisia Junior and Cadet Open commences on Wednesday 31st August.