by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor
She is the only player on the Argentina entry list to have won an ITTF World Tour Girls’ Singles title; furthermore, she has enjoyed success this year.
In April she gained one of the two places available at the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games Latin American Continental Qualification tournament, before in May winning the Under 21 Women’s Singles title at the Seamaster 2017 ITTF Challenge Brazil Open.
Success in recent months, a place on the podium, it is the same for several leading names on duty in the Junior Girls’ Singles event in Buenos Aires.
Amy Wang, Rachel Yang and Rachel Sung from the United States are the players next in line to Bruna Takahashi.
Earlier this year Amy Wang won the Cadet Girls’ Singles title at the Belgium Junior and Cadet Open; at the end of last year in December at the United States Open in Las Vegas, Rachel Sung overcame Rachel Yang in the Cadet Girls’ Singles final.
Grace Yang, the fifth in the order of merit and also from the United States has yet to shine this year but notably she progressed through the qualification stage of the Girls’ Singles event at the Sun International 2016 World Junior Championships last December. She secured a main draw place where Audrey Zarif of France ended adventures.
However, for Ecuador’s Nathaly Paredes, Guatemala’s Lucia Cordero and Paraguay’s Leyla Gomez, this year places on the podium have been realised.
Nathaly Paredes beat Leyla Gomez in the final of the Junior Girls’ Singles event at the 2017 South American Junior and Cadet Championships staged in the Paraguayan city of Asuncion in March.
Earlier in the year in February, Lucia Cordero, on duty at the recent Liebherr 2017 World Championships in Düsseldorf, won the Junior Girls’ Singles title at the Central American Junior and Cadet Championships