Tournaments

28 Apr 2017

Horacio Cifuentes and Francisco Sanchi kept Argentine medal hopes alive as play progressed to the semi-final stage of the Under 21 Men’s Singles event at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF Challenge Chile Open in Santaigo on Friday 28th April.

Meanwhile, for the South American country in the corresponding Under 21 Women’s Singles competition the mantle of responsibility rests on the shoulders of Candela Molero.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

At the quarter-final stage both Horacio Cifuentes and Francisco Sanchi overcame Chilean adversaries.

Horacio Cifuentes beat Gustavo Sepuldeva (11-7, 11-2, 5-11, 11-3), Francisco Sanchi overcame Andres Martinez (11-4, 11-9, 11-8).

Now, in the penultimate round Horacio Cifuentes faces Brazil’s Rafael Torino, Francisco Sanchi confronts the host Juan Lamadrid. In the round of the last eight Rafael Torino beat Chile’s Denys Fierro (9-11, 11-9, 11-5, 11-9); Juan Lamadrid accounted for Gustavo Ushisima, like Rafael Torino from Brazil (11-5, 11-7, 11-3).

Meanwhile in the Under 21 Women’s Singles event, it is Candela Molero versus Chile.

She booked her semi-final place courtesy of success against Natalie Ramos (11-6, 11-9, 11-4) and now faces Mariam Ruiz, the quarter-final winner in opposition to Antonia Sepuldeva (11-13, 11-6, 11-7, 11-5).

In the adjacent half of the draw Valentina Rios opposes Giovanna Guessi. In the round of the last eight, Valentina Rios accounted for Carolina Cardenas (11-9, 11-4, 11-9), Giovanna Guessi ended the hopes of Macarena Montecino in the closest match of the round; she emerged successful by the very minimal two point margin in the crucial deciding fifth game (10-12, 11-4, 6-11, 11-5, 12-10).

The semi-finals and finals of both the Under 21 Men’s Singles and Under 21 Women’s Singles events will be played on Saturday 29th April.

Challenge Series Francisco Sanchi Horacio Cifuentes Candela Molero
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