13 May 2017

Eyes on Argentina; Chile’s Nicolas Burgos and Brazil’s Guilherme Teodoro emerged the players with hopes of securing a place in the Men’s Singles event at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, when the first day of play, Friday 12th May, at the Latin American Continental Qualification tournament concluded in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

Meanwhile, for the girls it was Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz and Bruna Takahashi, like Guilherme Teodoro from Brazil.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

They are the players who have reached the final of the first knock-out tournament.

Success and for the quartet it was impressive success. Matias Burgos accounted for Costa Rica’s Alfredo Sanchez (11-6, 8-11, 11-5, 11-2, 11-8) and Uruguay’s Pablo Palou (11-6, 11-3, 13-11, 11-6), before reserving his place in the final courtesy success against Puerto Rico’s Francisco Matias (4-11, 11-7, 16-14, 11-3, 11-7).

Most impressive, it was very much the same from Guilherme Teodoro. He beat Trinidad and Tobago’s Luc François Savier O’Young (11-9, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6), prior to recording a quarter-final success in opposition to a familiar opponent.

He overcame the Dominican Republic’s Mariano Lockward (11-9, 11-2, 11-6, 11-6), a player against whom he had experienced defeat at the 2015 Latin American Junior and Cadet Championships but more recently had beaten at the 2016 Latin American Cadet Championships. A semi-final place secured; Guilherme Teodoro overcame Mexico’s Guilhermo Casio (11-7, 6-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-7) to reserve his place in the final.

Impressive from Guilherme Teodoro; it was the same from compatriot Bruna Takahashi. The 16 year old from São Paulo imposed her authority on proceedings from the very start; she accounted for the Dominican Republic’s Esmerlyn Castro (11-9, 11-7, 12-10, 11-8), prior to booking her place in the final by overcoming Ecuador’s Nathaly Paredes (11-5, 11-9, 11-, 16-14).

Most impressive, it was just a little exacting for Adriana Diaz. She beat Chile’s Valentina Rios in four straight games (11-4, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7) but needed six games to overcome Peru’s Kelly Santur in the semi-finals (11-2, 11-8, 8-11, 9-11, 11-2, 11-7).

The finals of both the Boys’ Singles and Girls’ Singles events will be played on the Morning of Saturday 13th May; the respective winners qualify for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

After a short break, in which a presentation ceremony will be held; the second knock-out tournament will be held to determine the second qualifiers.

Latin American is allocated two boys and two girls via continental qualification.

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Photos: Manuel Perez

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