Tournaments

15 Aug 2017

Hard fought contests but at the end of the second day of play, Wednesday 9th August, at the 2017 Latin American Cadet Championships in Guatemala City, it was Argentina and Peru who booked Boys’ Team final places.

The appearance of Argentina in the final was as expected, they were the top seeds; for Peru, it was somewhat of a surprise, they fielded a trio of players with no current World Ranking.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Represented by Carlos Fernandez, Adolfo Cucho and José Zapata, the Peruvians posted a three-nil quarter-final success against El Salvador’s Mateo Martinez, Enzo Leiva and Edgardo Sanchez.

A relatively comfortable win, the semi-final was very different; Colombia proved most worthy opponents.

Man of the moment for Peru was Adolfo Cucho; he beat both Santiago Montes (11-9, 11-5, 11-5) and, in the vital fifth and deciding match of the fixture, he overcame David Perdomo (11-8, 14-12, 11-6). The one remaining success for Peru was recorded in the opening match of the engagement when Carlos Fernandez accounted for David Perdomo (11-9, 11-4, 8-11, 11-8).

Notably the Colombians were in form; one round earlier they had recorded a three-one success against Puerto Rico, the trio of Angel Naranjo, Jabdiel Torres and Daniel Hernandez being surprise group winners one day earlier.

Testing contests for Peru; it was exactly the same for the Argentine outfit comprising Matias Guadalupe, Luciano Alto and Matias Velarde.

At the quarter-final stage, they were extended the full five match distance by the Brazilian trio formed by Diogo Silva, Daniel Godoi and Kenzo Carmo; the player to cause the problems being Diogo Silva. He remained unbeaten, accounting for Luciano Alto in the opening match of the fixture (11-4, 11-6, 8-11, 5-11, 11-6) and in the fourth match of the contest overcoming Matias Guadalupe (8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6).

Hero of the hour for Argentina was Luciano Alto; in the vital fifth and deciding match of the fixture, he beat Daniel Godoi (13-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7).

A testing quarter-final contest; the semi-final was no different; a three-two win was the end result against Mexico’s Dario Arce, Adrian Castillo and Alberto Lopez.

Mainstay of victory was Matias Guadalupe. He beat both Adrian Castillo (11-7, 11-4, 11-3) and Dario Arce (11-3, 12-10, 12-10). The one further win for Argentina was recorded by Luciano Alto; once again required to compete in the decisive fifth match, he overcame Adrian Castillo to secure the victory (11-3, 3-11, 11-7, 11-3).

The final will be played on Thursday 10th August.

 Day Two: 2017 Latin American Cadet Championships
Photos: Esteban Gonzalez

 

2017 Latin American Cadet Championships: Prospectus (Monday 7th August

2017 Latin American Cadet Championships: Entries (Monday 7th August)

2017 Latin American Cadet Championships: Schedule of Play (Monday 7th August)

2017 Latin American Cadet Championships: Team Seeding (Monday 7th August)

2017 Latin American Cadet Championships: Results – Cadet Boys’ Team (Wednesday 9th August)

2017 Latin American Cadet Championships: Results – Cadet Girls’ Team (Wednesday 9th August)

2017 Latin American Cadet Championships: Main Draw – Boys’ Doubles (Friday 11th August)

2017 Latin American Cadet Championships: Main Draw – Girls’ Doubles Friday 11th August)

2017 Latin American Cadet Championships: Main Draw – Mixed Doubles (Friday 11th August)

2017 Latin American Cadet Championships: First Stage – Boys’ Singles (Thursday 10th August)

2017 Latin American Cadet Championships: First Stage – Girls’ Singles (Thursday 10th August)

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