16 Sep 2017

Success one day earlier against the highest rated player in their respective groups in the initial stage of the Women’s Singles event at the 2017 ITTF Pan American Championships in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, first place in the group was secured one day later on Friday 15th September.

Against expectations Cuba’s Lizdainet Rodriguez, Guatemala’s Mabelyn Enriquez, El Salvador’s Emme Arias and the Dominican Republic’s Esmerlyn Castro duly ended the day in first places, as did Mexico’s Yadira Silva.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

The success gained by Yadira Silva was no great surprise, a former winner of the Women’s Singles title at the Latin American Championships and present at the three most recent Olympic Games, she is most certainly worthy of a seeded position in Cartagena de Indias. However, recent absence from the international scene means that her world ranking has lapsed.

Victory one day earlier against Guatemala’s Andrea Estrada (11-7, 10-12, 12-10, 11-7), she beat Cuba’s Shelly Machado Fernandez (11-3, 11-8, 11-7) to secure first place in her group.

Likewise, Lizdainet Rodriguez having accounted for Colombia’s Angie Umbacia (6-11, 11-8, 11-13, 11-6, 11-6) overcame Ecuador’s Eunice Galvez (7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-5) to top her group.

It was the same for Emme Arias who concluded her group matches with victory over Peru’s Paola Mori (11-4, 11-9, 11-6); whilst Esmerlyn Castro accounted for Peru’s Tatiana Nieto (5-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7, 11-3). The previous day Emme Arias had beaten Canada’s Alicia Cote (11-6, 13-11, 12-10), Esmerlyn Castro had overcome Argentina’s Agustina Iwasa (10-12, 11-7, 11-4, 10-12, 11-9).

Clear cut decisions, for Mabelyn Enriquez life was somewhat different; having overcome Rachel Yang of the United States the previous day in three straight games (12-10, 11-7, 11-3), she was beaten in her concluding group match by Mexico’s Gladys Banqueto in four games (11-7, 8-11, 11-7, 15-13). In her opening contest Gladys Banqueto had experienced defeat at the hands of Rachel Yang in straight games (11-9, 11-5, 11-5).

Thus games ratio was needed to decide the final order; it was first place for Mabelyn Enriquez (4:3) finishing ahead of Grace Yang (3:3) and Gladys Banqueto (3:4).

Second place meant progress to the main draw; a situation that was also the end result for the other leading group names who had experienced defeat; for Angie Umbacia, Rachel Yang, Andrea Estrada, Alicia Cote and Agustina Iwasa the door is still open

Early rounds of the main draw will be played on Saturday 16th September.

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