14 Apr 2018

Titles decided in Asuncion at the 2018 Paraguay Junior and Cadet Open, Brazil’s Guillermo Teodoro and Chile’s Valentina Rios emerged the surprise winners of the respective Junior Boys’ Singles and Junior Girls’ Singles events Friday 13th April.

Notably Guilherme Teodoro commenced play as the no.11 seed, Valentina Rios was the no.15 seed.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

After accounting for Argentina’s Martin Bentancor, the no.3 seed, at the quarter-final stage (11-8, 11-9, 11-4, 11-7); Guillerme Teodoro overcame Peru’s Rodrigo Hidalgo, the no.6 seed (11-3, 11-4, 11-5, 8-11, 11-9) and Thailand’s Yanapong Panagitgun, the top seed, to arrest the title (11-6, 11-4, 11-8, 11-7).

Notably Rodrigo Hidalgo was a player very much in form; in the round of the last eight he had beaten Austria’s Maciej Kolodziejczyk, the no.2 seed (11-8, 11-13, 11-5, 4-11, 8-11, 11-6, 11-5).

In the opposite half of the draw, at the latter stages, Yanapong Panagitgun beat Argentina’s Santiago Lorenzo (11-3, 11-8, 11-6, 11-3), prior to reserving his place in the final courtesy of success in opposition to Eduardo Tomoike, like Guilherme Teodoro from Brazil (13-11, 11-8, 8-11, 10-12, 11-8, 4-11, 11-9).

Success for Guilherme Teodoro (Photo: courtesy of Paraguay Table Tennis Federation)


Success against the odds for Guilherme Teodoro, it was the same for Valentina Rios.

At the quarter-final stage she caused a major upset by beating Kazakhstan’s Zuresh Akasheva, the no.2 seed (11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-6), before recording a semi-final win over Brazil’s Livia Lima, the no.9 seed (11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-6), very much a player in form.

One round earlier she had beaten Guatemala’s Lucia Cordero, the no.3 seed (8-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9). A place in the final booked, Valentina Rios maintained her form to beat Ecuador’s Nathaly Paredes, the no.4 seed (11-7, 4-11, 11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 8-11, 11-6).

Likewise, Nathaly Parades had caused a major upset en route to the final. After overcoming Singapore’s Gui Rui Xuan, the no.6 seed (5-11, 3-11, 13-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-9), she accounted for Italy’s Jamila Laurenti, the top seed (11-9, 9-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-6), at the semi-final stage to reserve her place in the final.

Gold for Chile there was more gold; Natasha Ruiz beat Mariam Ruiz (11-9, 4-11, 11-9, 11-8) to secure the Cadet Girls’ Singles title (11-9, 4-11, 11-9, 11-8).

Meanwhile in the counterpart Cadet Boys’ Singles event, the top prize finished in Peruvian hands; Carlos Fernandez beat Costa Rica’s Alfredo Sanchez in the title deciding contest (11-3, 11-7, 11-8).

Titles for the visitors and there were titles for the host nation; Axel Bertolo won the Mini-Cadet Boys’ Singles event beating Sweden’s Elias Sjögren in the final (11-7, 11-4, 11-5); in the corresponding Mini Cadet Girls’ Singles event, there was success for Rebecca Gomez, she beat colleague, Manuela Pereyra (11-9, 11-2, 7-11, 11-9) to reserve the top step of the podium.

Play completed in the ITTF World Junior Circuit event, attention now turns to the two day Road to Buenos Aires – Latin American tournament; play commences on Saturday 14th April

2018 Paraguay Junior & Cadet Open Guilherme Teodoro Valentina Rios

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