08 Jun 2018

Winner earlier in the week of the Women’s Team title in partnership with Gui Lin and Jessica Yamada at the 2018 South American Games in Cochabamba, Bolivia; Brazil’s Bruna Takahashi emerged as the most successful player in the six day tournament which concluded on Thursday 7th June.

She completed a clean sweep of all titles available.

by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager

On the concluding day of action, the no.2 seed, she won the Women’s Doubles event beating colleague, Gui Lin in the final (7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 8-11, 11-8, 11-5), having in the penultimate round accounted for Chile’s Daniela Ortega, the no.4 seed (11-3, 11-13, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4, 11-8).

In the opposite half of the draw, at the semi-final stage, Gui Lin had beaten Colombia’s Luisa Zuluaga, the no.7 seed (11-7, 11-5, 7-11, 6-11, 12-10, 11-9), the player who at the quarter-final stage had ousted Venezuela’s Gremlis Arvelo, the shock first round winner in opposition to Chile’s Paulina Vega, the top seed (8-11, 11-7, 18-16, 11-5, 11-9).

Success in the Women’s Singles event, one day earlier it had been Women’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles success; in the former Bruna Takahashi partnered Jessica Yamada to gold beating Chile’s Judith Morales and Paulina Vega at the final hurdle (7-11, 11-8, 14-12, 6-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-3), in the latter she joined forces with Vitor Ishiy. In the title deciding contest they accounted for Colombia’s Joaquim Villegas and Paula Medina (12-10, 9-11, 11-4, 11-7, 10-12, 11-5).

The top step of the podium for Vitor Ishiy in the Mixed Doubles event, it was the same in the Men’s Singles competition.

Occupying the no.8 seed position, at the final hurdle he beat Chile’s Juan Lamadrid, the no.9 seed (11-4, 11-6, 6-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7) to reserve the top step of the podium. Earlier at the quarter-final stage he had ousted Peru’s Bryan Blas, the no.16 seed and first round winner in opposition to Chile’s Felipe Olivares, the no.2 seed (11-7, 11-5, 11-4, 2-11, 11-8) to secure his semi-final place where he overcame Chile’s Gustavo Gomez, the no.4 seed (9-11, 4-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6).

Meanwhile, in the opposite half of the draw, at the semi-final stage Juan La Madrid had accounted for Paraguay’s Marcelo Aguirre, the no.3 seed (7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-13, 11-7, 9-11, 11-7), the player who at the quarter-final stage had beaten Brazil’s Eric Jouti, the top seed (7-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-8).

Titles for Brazil added to the success gained by Vitor Ishiy, Eric Jouti and Thiago Monteiro in the Men’s Team event; the one top prize to elude the Brazlians came in the Men’s Doubles competition when Argentina struck gold.

Gaston Alto and Horacio Cifuentes emerged successful beating Paraguay’s Marcelo Aguirre and Axel Gavilan in the final (11-8, 11-3, 11-6, 11-8).

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