by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
Not one game surrendered prior to the quarter-finals, the no.2 seed, he ended the hopes of Argentina on his march to gold.
In the round of the last eight he beat Santiago Tolosa in four straight games (11-9, 11-5, 13-11, 11-6), prior to recording five games wins against Martin Bentancor, the no.3 seed (11-8, 12-14, 11-4, 11-8, 11-3) and Francisco Sanchi, the top seed (5-11, 11-9, 14-12, 11-8, 11-6).
Once again for Francisco Sanchi, who dented Brazilian hopes by beating Luiz Anjos in the quarter-finals (11-7, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 11-9) and in the penultimate round Siddharta Almeida, the no.4 seed (11-6, 8-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-6); it was again the silver medal.
One year ago at the 2016 Paraguay Junior and Cadet Open, he had been beaten in the Junior Boys’ Singles final by colleague, Horacio Cifuentes; four days ago at the 2017 South American Junior and Cadet Championships, he had experienced defeat in the title deciding contest when facing Chile’s Matias Burgos.
Success for Brazil in the Junior Boys’ Singles event, a result which might be considered a surprise; the success gained by the South American country in the counterpart Junior Girls’ Singles competition was most certainly unexpected.
Neither player seeded, an all Brazilian final saw 14 year old Beatrix Kimoto overcome 11 year old Giulia Takahashi (11-5, 11-9, 11-6, 11-6) to claim the top prize.
Earlier at the quarter-final stage Beatrix Kimoto had ousted Paraguay’s Leyla Gomez, the no.2 seed (11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-7), prior to recording a penultimate round success in opposition to compatriot, Camila Kaizoji, the no.3 seed (11-6, 11-7, 11-4, 3-11, 13-11).
Meanwhile, Giulia Takahashi, after recording a last eight success against Argentina’s Muriel Rajmil (11-9, 11-13, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5, 7-11, 11-4), overcome Livia Lima, also from Brazil (6-11, 12-10, 11-5, 12-10, 14-12) to reserve her place in the final. Notably one round earlier, Livia Lima had ended the hopes of Canada’s Isabelle Xiong, the top seed (10-12, 11-7, 12-14, 11-3, 11-9, 12-10).
It is the first time on the ITTF World Junior Circuit that either Carlos Ishida has emerged as the Junior Boys’ Singles champion and Beatrix Kimoto, the Junior Girls’ Singles winner.