14 May 2017

Disappointment earlier in the day on Saturday 13th May, just one step short of gaining an invitation to compete in the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games, for the Brazilian duo of Guilherme Teodoro and Bruna Takahashi, it was a case of dust yourself down and start all over again.

Two places for boys and two for girls available; at the Latin American Qualification tournament a very simple formula is followed. Two separate knock-out tournaments are held for each gender, win the first and you qualify, if not you play in the second in an attempt to gain your place.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

After respective defeats at the hands of  Chile’s Nicolas Burgos (11-6, 11-5, 11-7, 8-11, 3-11, 12-14, 11-9) and Puerto Rico’s Adriana Diaz (11-5, 11-7, 5-11, 11-3, 11-4), both Guilherme Teodoro and Bruna Takahashi duly dusted themselves down.

At the end of the penultimate day of action in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, their hopes remained alive; both had booked semi-final places.

Following their efforts in the first knock-out tournament; in the second, each received the top seeded position and thus a direct entry to the quarter-finals. Guilherme Teodoro duly responded by beating Uruguay’s Pablo Palou in four straight games (11-8, 11-7, 11-6, 11-7); Bruna Takahashi accounted for the host nation’s Esmerlyn Castro (11-9, 11-6, 11-3, 11-3) to keep her Buenos Aires hopes very much alive.

At the semi-final stage Guilherme Teodoro meets Mexico’s Guillermo Gasio; in the opposite half of the draw, Peru’s Rodrigo Hidalgo opposes Panama’s Jacobo Vahnish.

Impressively, Guillermo Gasio booked his semi-final place courtesy of success against El Salvador’s Oscar Villalta (11-7, 11-6, 11-9, 11-7), whilst Jacobo Vahnish beat Venezuela’s Alejandro Larez (11-8, 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6) and Rodrigo Hidalgo ended the hopes of Puerto Rico’s Francisco Matias (7-11, 11-9, 11-8, 10-12, 13-11, 11-9).

Meanwhile, for Bruna Takahashi, at the semi-final stage Peru’s Kelly Santur, the narrow quarter-final winner in opposition to El Salvador’s Monica Mendoza (11-7, 10-12, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-9) awaits; whilst in the adjacent half of the draw Chile’s Valentina Rios confronts Ecuador’s Nathaly Paredes.

Valentina Rios booked her last four place by beating Paraguay’s Leyla Gomez (12-10, 6-11, 10-12, 9-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9), Nathaly Paredes overcame Mexico’s Clio Barcenas (11-9, 11-8, 11-5, 11-9).

The semi-finals and finals will be played on Sunday 14th May; the respective runners up will be the first reserves, the losing semi-finalist will play to determine the third and fourth reserves.

Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games Qualification Tournament

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