27 Apr 2017

Minimal margin for error, four groups in the opening stage of the Under 21 Men’s Singles event at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF Challenge Chile Open but only the players finishing in first place progressed to the main draw.

On Thursday 27th April there were some tense moments in Santiago; none more so in the group comprising the host nation’s Jorge Paredes and Diego Sepuldeva who lined up alongside Argentina’s Emanuel Lara.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

At the conclusion of proceedings it was honours even.

Jorge Paredes beat Diego Sepuldeva in the opening contest in a five games titanic struggle (11-8, 11-13, 11-6, 10-12, 15-13), before on the second day of play Diego Sepuldeva responded to overcome Emanuel Lara in four games (14-12, 9-11, 11-9, 13-11) and Emanuel Lara defeated Jorge Paredes in a full distance duel (8-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-6, 11-8).

Thus games ratio determined the outcome; it was first place for Diego Sepuldeva (5:4) with Jorge Paredes second (5:5) and Emanuel Lara third (4:5).

A close call, in the remaining groups, matters were more clear cut. Brazil’s Gustavo Ushisima beat Chile’s Rodrigo Garcia to top his group (11-8, 12-10, 11-7), whilst Chile’s Denys Fierro accounted for colleague Gustavo Castillo (10-12, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-8) and Argentina’s Tomas Sanchi (11-8, 17-15, 11-8) to reserve first place.

Not to be outdone, Andres Martinez, also from Chile, beat compatriot Matias Pedraza (11-8, 1-11, 11-8, 11-8) and Luciano Alto, like Tomas Sanchi from Argentina, to reserve first place in his group (11-8, 11-8, 11-3).

At the quarter-final stage Gustavo Sepuldeva meets Argentina’s Horacio Cifuentes, the top seed; Denys Fierro opposes Brazil’s Rafael Torino, the no.4 seed. In the opposite half of the draw, Gustavo Ushisima faces Chile’s Juan Lamadrid, the no.2 seed; Andres Martinez confronts Argentina’s Francisco Sanchi, the no.3 seed.

The quarter-finals of the Under 21 Men’s Singles event will be played on Friday 28th April.



Challenge Series 2017 Seamaster Chile Open Andres Martinez Gustavo Ushisima Diego Sepuldeva Denys Fierro

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