01 Oct 2017

Three titles for Brazil two days earlier in the team events; on Friday 29th September, they added one more crown to their collection at the 2017 Latin American Under 11 and Under 13 Championships in Asuncion, Paraguay.

Gustavo Gertsmann and Giulia Takahashi, successful in the respective Under 13 Boys’ Team and Under 13 Girls’ Team competitions, combined to secure Under 13 Mixed Doubles gold.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

At the final hurdle they overcame Mexico’s Rogelio Castro and Arantxa Cossio (7-11, 10-12, 12-10, 11-5, 14-12), having in the penultimate round ousted Peru’s Carlos Fernandez and Maria Maldonado (11-8, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9). In the counterpart semi-final, Rogelio Castro and Arantxa Cossio had accounted Panama’s David Herrera and Sofia Osorio (11-5, 11-8, 11-4).

More success for Brazil, in the Under 11 Mixed Doubles event, it was success for Mexico in the guise of Jorge Buenostro and Ximena Figueroa. In the title deciding contest, they beat Puerto Rico’s Derek Valentin and Kristal Melendez (11-9, 11-8, 11-9).

Earlier in the penultimate round, Jorge Buenostro and Ximena Figueroa had defeated Guatemala’s Ricardo Gatica and Jenny Cux (11-7, 15-13, 11-13, 11-7); Derek Valentin and Kristal Melendez had ended the hopes of Brazil’s Leonardo Iizuka and Beatriz Kanashiro (4-11, 11-8, 13-11, 11-8).

Titles decided; in the Under 13 Boys’ Doubles and in the Under 13 Girls’ Doubles events, as in the Under 11 Boys’ Doubles and Under 13 Girls’ Doubles, the finalists are known but eventual outcome has yet to be decided.

Peru’s Carlos Fernandez and Nicolas Luna booked their place in the Under 13 Boys’ Doubles final courtesy of success against Guatemala’s Diego de la Cruz and Luis Ton (11-8, 11-7, 5-11, 11-6). In the title deciding contest they meet Puerto Rico’s Angel Naranjo and Derek Valentin (12-10, 11-2, 11-8), the semi-final winners in opposition to Ecuador’s Henry Ibarra and Sebastian Nogales (12-10, 11-2, 11-8).

Progress for Peru, it is the same in the Under 13 Girls’ Doubles event. Ana Aragon and Maria Maldonado overcame Argentina’s Elea Hernandez and Guillermina Rios to reserve their place in the gold medal duel. Awaiting is the Mexican partnership of Arantxa Cossio and Paula Pen, the semi-final winners in opposition to Brazil’s Beatrix Kanashiro and Paula Pen (11-7, 4-11, 8-11, 12-10, 11-4).

Meanwhile, in the Under 11 Boys’ Doubles and Under 11 Girls’ Doubles events, the country to note is that of Ecuador.

Esteban Alban and Joshua Robayo beat Argentina’s Agustin Jang and Tobias Pereyra (11-9, 13-11, 11-8) at the Under 11 Boys’ Doubles semi-final stage; in the same round of the Under 11 Girls’ Doubles competition, Angelica Arellano and Valentina Zea accounted for Peru’s Alexandra Chavez and Valentina Zea (5-11, 14-12, 7-11, 11-9, 11-3).

One Peruvian pair beaten; another now awaits in the final. In the corresponding Under 11 Girls’ Doubles semi-final, Aheli Llufire and Ana Paola Yenobi, overcame Guatemala’s Jenny Cux and Kimbely Garcia (11-6, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7).

A stern challenge awaiting the Ecuador girls, no doubt it is the same for the Ecuador boys; Esteban Alban and Joshua Robayo face Brazil’s Leonardo Iizuka and Guilherme Marchiori, the Under 11 Boys’ Team champions. In the penultimate round they beat Dominican Republic’s Eduardo Darley and Ramon Vila (11-2, 11-9, 11-8).

Play in Asuncion concludes on Saturday 30th September.

2017 Latin American Under 13 and Under 11 Championships: Participating National Associations (Monday 25th September)

2017 Latin American Under 13 and Under 11 Championships: List of Players (Monday 25th September)

2017 Latin American Under 13 and Under 11 Championships: Seeding Under 13 Boys’ Team & Under 13 Girls’ Team (Monday 25th September)

2017 Latin American Under 13 and Under 11 Championships: Results – Under 11 Boys’ Team (Wednesday 27th September)

2017 Latin American Under 13 and Under 11 Championships: Results – Under 11 Girls’ Team (Wednesday 27th September)

2017 Latin American Under 13 and Under 11 Championships: Results – Under 13 Boys’ Team (Wednesday 27th September)

2017 Latin American Under 13 and Under 11 Championships: Results – Under 13 Girls’ Team (Wednesday 27th September)

2017 Latin American Under 13 and Under 11 Championships: Draw – Under 11 Boys Singles (Stage One)

2017 Latin American Under 13 and Under 11 Championships: Draw – Under 11 Girls’ Singles (Stage One)

2017 Latin American Under 13 and Under 11 Championships: Draw – Under 13 Boys’ Singles (Stage One)

2017 Latin American Under 13 and Under 11 Championships: Draw – Under 13 Girls’ Singles (Stage One)

2017 Latin American Under 13 and Under 11 Championships: Results – Under 11 Boys’ Doubles (Friday 29th September)

2017 Latin American Under 13 and Under 11 Championships: Results – Under 11 Girls’ Doubles (Friday 29th September)

2017 Latin American Under 13 and Under 11 Championships: Results – Under 11 Mixed Doubles (Friday 29th September)

2017 Latin American Under 13 and Under 11 Championships: Results – Under 13 Boys’ Doubles (Friday 29th September)

2017 Latin American Under 13 and Under 11 Championships: Results – Under 13 Girls’ Doubles (Friday 29th September)

2017 Latin American Under 13 and Under 11 Championships: Results – Under 13 Mixed Doubles (Friday 29th September)

2017 Latin American Under 11 & Under 13 Championships Brazil Mexico

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