14 Jul 2018

Pivotal to the success of the United States in the Boys’ Team and Girls’ Team events at the 2018 Pan American Junior Championships in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Sharon Alguetti and Crystal Wang added to their list of successes on the afternoon of Saturday 14th July.

The no.3 seeds, they won the Mixed Doubles title in an event totally dominated by players wearing the emblem of the Stars and Stripes; a clean sweep of medals being secured.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

At the final hurdle they beat Kanak Jha and Amy Wang, the top seeds (11-3, 7-11, 15-13, 3-11, 11-5) to seal the title.

“It was a hard five games, the third game was crucial. We won that 15-13; that was a source of motivation. Yesterday we started slowly but as the tournament progressed we communicated better, high fives every point! We kept the ball on the table and we were able to exploit weaknesses. We had to play against our colleagues but the team spirit is very good, everyone is supporting each other; there is a real air of confidence in the camp.” Sharon Alguetti

Earlier at the semi-final stage, Sharon Alguetti and Crystal Wang had beaten Nikhil Kumar and Rachel Yang, the no.14 seeds (11-2, 11-4, 11-7), in the opposite half of the draw, Kanak Jha and Amy Wang had ended the hopes of Nicholas Tio and Rachel Sung, the no.12 seeds (11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6).

Success for the United States and earlier in the day there was further success. Nikhil Kumar and Nicholas Tio, the no.9 seeds, made a fine start to their Boys’ Doubles campaign; in the opening round they beat Aruba’s Jean-Claude Hoek and Donald Yarzagaray, the no.20 seeds (11-4, 11-5, 11-3).

Sharon Alguetti and Kanak Jha, the top seeds, have yet to start their Boys’ Doubles quest for honours, a situation the applies in the Girls’ Doubles event to Amy Wang and Crystal Wang, the top seeds as well as to Rachel Sung and Rachel Yang, the no.7 seeds.

The Boys’ Doubles and Girls’ Doubles events will be played to a conclusion on Sunday 15th July.

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