02 Jun 2018

The second day of play in late April at the Liebherr 2018 World Team Championships, Brazil stunned Portugal. Following the efforts of Gustavo Tsuboi and Hugo Calderano, Eric Jouti beat Tiago Apolonia to secure a quite sensational three-nil victory.

Eric Jouti excelled all expectations; at the 2018 South American Games, which commence on Saturday 2nd June in Cochabamba, Bolivia, he is his country’s leading name.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

In the Men’s Team event, he lines up alongside Thiago Monteiro and Vitor Ishiy; they are the top seeds followed by Chile, Argentina and Paraguay.

Felipe Olivares, Juan Lamadrid and Gustavo Gomez form the Chilean selection, for Argentina, Horacio Cifuentes joins forces with the experienced duo of Pablo Tabachnik and Gaston Alto, whilst for Paraguay, the three players named are Marcelo Aguirre, Alendro Toranzos and Axel Gavilan.

Notably, in both the Men’s Singles and Men’s Doubles events, the name of Eric Jouti appears at the top of the list. In the former Felipe Olivares is the no.2 seed, followed by Marcelo Aguirre and Gustavo Gomez. Slightly lower down the order is Ecuador’s Alberto Miño, the no.7 seed, crowned South American champion in each of the past three years.

Meanwhile, in the Men’s Doubles competition, Gustavo Gomez and Juan Lamadid occupy the no.2 seeded position with Gaston Alto and Horacio Cifuentes being the next in line. Paraguay’s Marcelo Aguirre and Axel Gavilan complete the top four names.

Somewhat differently, in the Mixed Doubles event, the name of Eric Jouti does not appear but Brazil is at the head of the list. Vitor Ishiy and Bruna Takahashi occupy the top spot with Chilean combinations being next in the order of preference. Juan Lamadrid partners Paulina Vega, Felipe Olivares joins forces with Daniela Ortega; Gustavo Gomez and Judith Morales complete the top four pairings.

Likewise in the Women’s Team competition Chile is to the fore, with Paulina Vega, Judith Morales and Daniela Ortega on duty, they are the top seeds. Next on the list is the Brazilian trio of Gui Lin, Jessica Yamada and Bruna Takahashi. Argentina represented by Ana Codina, Camilla Arguelles and Agustina Iwasa occupies the no.3 seeded position ahead of Colombia’s Paula Medina, Luisa Zuluaga and Mauela Echeverry.

Chile, major contenders for honours; in the Women’s Singles and Women’s Doubles event, Paulina Vega is the top seed. Next in line in the Women’s Singles competition is Bruna Takahashi followed by Gui Lin and Daniela Ortega. In the Women’s Doubles, Paulina Vega partners Judith Morales, Bruna Takahashi and Jessica Yamada occupy the no.3 seeded position ahead of Camila Arguelles and Ana Codina.

Play commences with the Men’s Team and Women’s Team events.

2018 South American Games Eric Jouti

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