09 Aug 2018

Favourites for gold, Mexico, the top seeds, endorsed their standing in San José, Costa Rica on the afternoon of Wednesday 8th August; they won the Girls’ Team title at the 2018 Latin American Cadet Championships.

Advised by Alexis Agüero, the national coach and represented by Marbella Aceves, Aurora Andrade and Arantxa Cossio Aceves; at no stage of the event were they extended the full five match distance.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Safely through the group phase of proceedings without a single individual match being conceded, at the semi-final stage a three-one win was recorded against the Puerto Rican outfit comprising Sonelis Gonzalez Cartagena, Kassandra Maldonado and Zulnamy Soto; the backbone of the victory being Marbella Aceves.

She beat both Zulnamy Soto (14-12, 11-9, 4-11, 11-3) and Kassandra Maldonado (11-2, 13-11, 11-9); the one further Mexican win was secured in the second match of the engagement when Arantxa Cossio Aceves overcame Kassandra Maldonado (10-12, 11-8, 11-5, 11-5).

“I think there is a very high level in Latin America in the Under 15 category at the moment; it gives us great pride to start the tournament with a gold medal. I have been working for eight years with young players; so as a coach this medal is a great reward.” Alexis Agüero

A place in the final booked, the performance from the Mexican trio was even more impressive; a three-nil win was posted against Colombia. Marbella Aceves gave her team the perfect start by beating Juliana Rodriguez (11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9), before Arantxa Cossio Aceves overcame Alejandra Alzate (11-8, 10-12, 11-3, 11-9) and Aurora Andrade closed the curtain by defeating Sofia Varela (7-11, 11-8, 11-7, 4-11, 11-6).

“My teammates are younger than me. I am the most experienced. I have also played at junior level; that has helped me. The players that gave me the most trouble were the players from Puerto Rico and Colombia; it was very difficult to beat them.” Marbella Aceves

In the counterpart semi-final, Colombia had recorded a three-two win against the Brazilian trio comprising Giulia Takahashi, Fabiana Shintate and Laura Watanabe.

Notably Giulia Takahashi overcame Alejandra Alzate in the fourth match of the fixture (11-6, 11-6, 11-5), having in the opening encounter narrowly beaten Julia Rodriguez (9-11, 11-9, 12-10, 8-11, 11-9). Defeat for Julia Rodriguez but she had the last laugh; in the concluding match of the fixture, she accounted for Laura Watanabe (12-10, 11-5, 7-11, 6-11, 11-6) to seal the victory.

Play in the Cadet Girls’ Team events over, attention now turns to the individual competitions; proceedings conclude on Sunday 12th August.

2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Cadet Boys’ Team – Results (Wednesday 8th August)
2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Cadet Boys’ Team – Results – Detail (Wednesday 8th August)

2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Cadet Girls’ Team – Results (Wednesday 8th August)
2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Cadet Girls’ Team – Results – Detail (Wednesday 8th August)

2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Cadet Boys’ Singles – Stage One (Thursday 9th August)
2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Cadet Girls’ Singles – Stage One (Thursday 9th August)

2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Cadet Mixed Doubles – Main Draw (Thursday 9th August)

2018 Latin American Cadet Championships Marbella Aceves Arantxa Cossio Aceves Aurora Andrade