29 Apr 2017

High hopes for the host nation but those hopes evaporated into the Santiago night air as Gustavo Gomez, Manuel Moya and Alejandro Rodriguez all suffered opening round Men’s Singles defeats at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF Challenge Chile Open on Friday 28th April.

Players from foreign shores prevailed as quarter-final places were determined.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

The greatest disappointment was the defeat of Gustavo Gomez, the no.4 seed. A spirited effort but he was beaten by Argentina’s Francisco Sanchi in a closely contested seven games duel, decided by the very minimal margin (11-9, 11-9, 5-11, 5-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-9).

Likewise both Manuel Moya and Alejandro Rodriguez departed at Argentine hands; Manuel Moya was beaten by Gaston Alto (11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-4); Alejandro Rodriguez experienced defeat when facing Horacio Cifuentes (11-4, 11-7, 11-5, 11-3).

Success for Argentina but there was also defeat in a round where players from the South American country featured in all eight matches.

Nicolas Galvano was beaten by Brazil’s Vitor Ishiy (11-4, 11-8, 11-9, 4-11, 11-9); Juan Daher suffered in opposition to India’s Soumyajit Ghosh, the top seed (11-6, 11-9, 11-6, 11-2), whilst Pablo Tabachnik lost to Amalraj Anthony, also from India and the no.3 seed (11-4, 11-5, 11-5, 11-9).

Similarly, in the two remaining first round matches, it was defeat for Argentina. Bulgaria’s Philipp Floritz accounted for Lucas Bayona (11-5, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6); Romania’s Hunor Szocs, the no.2 seed, ended the hopes of Luciano Alto (11-8, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7).

In the round of the last eight, Soumyajit Ghosh meets Horacio Cifuentes, Philipp Floritz opposes Francisco Sanchi; in the opposite half of the draw it is Amalraj Anthony versus Gaston Alto and Vitor Ishiy in opposition to Hunor Szocs.

The quarter-final matches will be played on Saturday 29th April.

Challenge Series 2017 Seamaster Chile Open Gustavo Gomez Alejandro Rodriguez Manuel Moya

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