Tournaments

06 Jun 2018

Mixed doubles, the flavour of the month, now included in select tournaments on the ITTF World Tour for the first time in the concept’s history; at the 2018 South American Games in Cochabamba, Bolivia, on Tuesday 5th June, it proved the event to witness the greatest level of upsets.

The top seeds, Brazil’s Vitor Ishiy and Bruna Takahashi survived to reach the semi-final round but there were no shortage of upsets; in fact of the top four pairings they were the only duo still alive at the end of the day. The other three, all from Chile stumbled.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

Juan Lamadrid and Paulina Vega, the no.2 seeds, experienced defeat in their opening contest; they were beaten by Peru’s Bryan Blas and Angela Mori, the no.12 seeds (13-11, 11-4, 10-12, 6-11, 11-8). Alas the euphoria was short-lived. In the very next round, the quarter-finals, they departed at the hands of Colombia’s Joaquin Villegas and Paula Medina, the no.10 seeds (9-11, 11-6, 10-12, 11-5, 11-3).

Likewise compatriots, Gustavo Gomez and Judith Morales, the no.4 seeds, did not progress beyond their opening engagement; they lost to Venezuela’s Cecilio Correa and Neridee Niño (11-3, 11-6, 6-11, 11-6) who, like Bryan Blas and Angela Mori, suffered defeat in the round of the last eight pairs. They were beaten by Ecuador’s Emiliano Riofrio and Astrid Salazar, the no.13 seeds (13-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-5).

Troubled times for noteworthy pairings, it was the same for Felipe Olivares and Daniela Ortega, the no.3 seeds; after accounting for Guyana’s Shemar Britton and Chelsea Edghill, the no.15 seeds (11-5, 11-5, 11-8), they suffered a quarter-final defeat at the hands of Argentina’s Horacio Cifuentes and Camila Arguelles, the no.5 seeds (11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 13-11).

At the semi-final stage Vitor Ishiy and Bruna Takahashi meet Horacio Cifuentes and Camila Arguelles; Emiliano Riofrio and Astrid Salazar oppose Joaquin Vanegas and Paula Medina.

The semi-finals and final will be played on the evening of Wednesday 6th June.

2018 South American Games Bruna Takahashi Vitor Ishiy Horacio Cifuentes Camila Arguelles
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