05 May 2017

Winner of the Cadet Girls’ Singles title earlier in the year in the Paraguayan capital city of Asuncion at the South American Junior and Cadet Championships, the host nation’s Livia Lima was the player to attract the attention as the qualification tournament that precedes the Seamaster 2017 ITTF Brazil Open in São Paulo came to a conclusion on Thursday 4th May.

Against expectations, the 14 year old finished in first position in her group and thus reserved her place in the main draw.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Unbeaten on the opening day of play, having accounted for compatriots Brenda Amaral (11-4, 11-1, 11-5, 11-5) and in a closely fought contest Tamyres Fukase (11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6, 10-12, 13-11), on the second day of action, the teenager upset the odds.

She beat Chile’s 23 year old Judith Morales in six games (17-15, 16-14, 8-11, 9-11, 11-8, 19-17), the margins of victory in each game won underlining her level of focus and a strong mental approach under pressure. Undoubtedly Livia Lima responded to the challenge and underlined her undoubted potential.

On the current Women’s World Rankings, Livia Lima in the very initial months of her international career is named at no.525; Judith Morales is listed at no.329.

Success for Livia Lima, in the remaining groups, first places were secured by Brazil’s Bruna Takahashi and Martina Kohatsu in addition to Paulina Vega, like Judith Morales from Chile.

An unblemished record entering the second day of action, Bruna Takahashi beat colleague, Daniela Yano (11-7, 14-12, 11-3, 11-9); Paulina Vega accounted for Luana Katsumata, like Bruna Takahashi from Brazil (11-8, 11-7, 11-3, 11-3), whilst Martina Kohatsu overcame colleague Beatrix Kimoto (11-6, 11-6, 11-9, 11-1).

Only players finishing in first places in each of the four groups advance to the main draw which commences at the quarter-final stage.

2017 Seamaster Brazil Open Bruna Takahashi Paulina Vega Livia Lima Martina Kohatsu

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