by Wade Townsend
The competitiveness of the continents is close in the cadet category, and even more so in the doubles. This continued to be true today as the no.2 seeds feel in the quarter final of the Cadet Girls’ doubles.
Team Latin America’s Livia Lima and Valentina Rios has caused a sensational upset by knocking out Europe’s Elena Zaharia and Elizabeth Abraamian, the no.2 seed.
In a match that went the full distance, Lima and Rios played with passion as they hunted a place in the semi final. With the win they have guaranteed themselves at least a bronze medal. It’s a just reward for players that went down in the playoff for third place in the Team’s Event earlier in the week.
In the Boys’ Doubles it was mostly business as usual.
Feng Yi-Hsin and Niu Guankai survived a challenge from North America, but still look like heavy favourites to top the podium.
The event has its challengers and is a difficult task, with most players combining for the first time here in Fiji. So you can expect that by the time the final comes around the top seeded pairs will have found their stride.