Tournaments

15 Aug 2017

Impressive performances, Argentina and Mexico won the respective Boys’ Team and Girls’ Team titles at the 2017 Latin American Cadet Championships in Guatemala City on Friday 11th August.

The win for the Argentina who selected from Luciano Alto, Christian Azcoaga, Matias Guadalupe and Matias Velarde was somewhat as expected; they were the top seeds. Conversely, the success gained by Mexico was somewhat of a surprise. They fielded and outfit that comprised players with no current world ranking.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

A three matches to one success was the margin of victory for Mexico in the Girls’ Team final when facing Puerto Rico.

Kassandra Maldonado gave Puerto Rico the ideal start by inflicting the first defeat in the whole tournament on Clio Barcenas (11-6, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9).  However, that was to prove the sum total of the Caribbean island’s success. Fabiola Diaz was beaten by both Marbella Aceves (11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-6) and by Clio Barcenas (11-7, 11-9, 11-6). Sandwiched in between, in Monica Muñoz won the crucial third match of the fixture to give Mexico the advantage; she accounted for Zulnamy Soto (7-11, 11-5, 11-7, 12-10).

A three matches to one success for Mexico was a most creditable effort; the three-nil win recorded by Argentina in opposition to Peru in the Boys’ Team final was arguably event more imposing.

Christian Azcoaga resigned to the bench, Luciano Alto gave Argentina the ideal start by beating Adolfo Cucho (11-4, 11-8, 11-6), before Matias Guadalupe doubled the advantage. He defeated Carlos Fernandez in a similarly commanding manner (11-8, 11-6, 11-7).

Argentina in the ascendancy, Matias Velarde brought matters to a conclusion. He overcame José Zapata (11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 11-3).

Play in the Boys’ Team and Girls’ Team event over; attention now turns to the individual events – Boys’ Singles, Girls’ Singles, Boys’ Doubles, Girls’ Doubles, Mixed Doubles – play concludes on Sunday 13th August.

 Day Three: 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: First Stage – Boys’ Team (Tuesday 8th August)

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

2017 Latin American Cadet Championships: First Stage – Girls’ Team (Tuesday 8th August)

2017 Latin American Cadet Championships: Main Draw – Girls’ Team (Friday 11th 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)

2017 Latin American Cadet Championships Argentina Mexico
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