by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
Against Brazil ‘A’, Yanapong Panagitgun beat both Sergio Bignardi (11-6, 11-3, 11-6) and Guilherme Teodoro (13-11, 11-8, 13-11) whilst also teaming with Singapore’s Dominic Song Jun Koh to secure the doubles (11-5, 11-7, 11-7) in a three matches to one success.
Similarly, Oskar Danielsson was the backbone of success for Sweden in opposition to the Argentina ‘C’ Team duo of Luciano Alto and Matias Guadalupe. He beat Luciano Alto (11-8, 11-8, 11-7) before accounting for Matias Guadalupe (11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 12-10), whilst in between joining forces with Lee Larson to secure the doubles (12-10, 6-11, 11-7, 11-7).
Three matches to one wins, it was the same for Argentina’s Martin Bentancor and Santiago Lorenzo against the Chilean combination of Andres Martinez and Jorge Paredes. Comprehensive performances, for the Argentine pairing of Alexis Orencel and Leandro Fuentes the performance was even more complete; they recorded a three-nil in opposition to the combination formed by Kazakhstan’s Aidos Kenzhgulov and Pablo Palou.
The results mean that Argentina is guaranteed a place in the final; in the penultimate round Alexis Orencel and Leandro Fuentes meet Martin Bentancor and Santiago Lorenzo; Yanapong Panagitgun and Dominic Song Jun Koh oppose Oskar Danielsson and Lee Larson.
Meanwhile in the Cadet Boys’ Team event, the finalists are known; Peru’s Joel Cisneros and Carlos Fernandez meet Costa Rica’s Alfredo Sanchez and José Perez.
At the semi-final stage three matches to one results were the verdict in both contests; Joel Cisneros and Carlos Fernandez beat the Swedish duo of Linus Keraenen and Alve Sjoevold, Alfredo Sanchez and José Perez accounted for the host nation’s Diego Hermosilla and Elias Apud.
Play in both the Junior Boys’ Team and Cadet Boys’ Team events with be played to a conclusion on Wednesday 11th April.