10 Apr 2018

Top seeds Thailand’s Yanapong Panagitgun and Singapore’s Dominic Koh ended the opening day of play, Monday 9th April, at the 2018 Paraguay Junior and Cadet Open in Asuncion unbeaten; it was the same for the next two partnerships in the order of merit.

Both from Argentina, Martin Bentancor and Santiago Lorenzo remained unbeaten as did Leandro Fuentes and Alix Orencel.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

However, for the next two outfits in the order of merit there were problems. The Chilean combination formed by Jorge Paredes, Tomas Minder and Andres Martinez experienced a three matches to one defeat at the hands of the Argentine duo comprising Luciano Alto and Matias Guadelupe.

Architect of the victory was Martin Guadelope; he accounted for both Jorge Paredes (10-12, 11-6, 9-11, 12-10, 12-10) and Tomas Minder (11-3, 8-11, 8-11, 15-13. 11-7).

Likewise, the combination formed by Peru’s Rodrigo Hidalgo and Argentina’s Nicolas Polo experienced a three-two defeat at the hands of Brazil’s Lucas Paiva and Kenzo Carmo, prior to suffering the same fate when confronting the duo formed by Oskar Danielsson and Lee Larson.

Notably, Rodrigo Hidalgo remained unbeaten; against Brazil he beat Lucas Paiva (11-1, 11-6, 11-5) and Kenzo Carmo (8-11, 11-9, 12-14, 11-5, 11-4), prior to overcoming Oskar Danielsson (11-9, 11-8, 11-4) and Lee Larson (10-12, 11-9, 11-4, 11-1) in the contest against Sweden.

Problems for the fourth and fifth seeds in an event that witnessed six groups in the initial stage, for the sixth in the order of merit there was success. The formation of Uruguay’s Pablo Palou and Kazakhstan’s Aidos Kenzhigulov ended the day without defeat.

Two casualties amongst the seeded outfits in the Junior Boys’ Team event, in the counterpart Cadet Boys’ Team competition, one prominent pair experienced an unexpected defeat.

The Swedish duo of Tom Holmqvist and Love Iwarsson suffered a three-one defeat at the hands of Argentina’s Ignacio Marino and Christian Azcoago.

Defeat for the fourth team in the order of merit but not for the top three outfits. Peru’s Joel Cisneros and Carlos Fernandez, the highest rated pair remained unbeaten as did Costa Rica’s José Perez and Alfredo Sanchez in addition to Sweden’s Linus Keraenen and Alve Sjoeveld.
The team events conclude on the morning of Wednesday 11th April.

World Junior Circuit 2018 Paraguay Junior & Cadet Open Leandro Fuentes

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