by Ian Marshall, Editor
In the morning session of play it was a full distance five match semi-final win against Guatemala’s Sergio Carillo, Jorge Chacon and Diego de la Cruz, as it was in the title decider when facing the Peruvian trio formed by Joel Cisneros, Carlos Fernandez and Adrian Rubinos.
Furthermore, against Guatemala, the Brazilians were very much on the brink of defeat. Shim Joon after winning the opening two games against Sergio Carrillo, experienced agonising defeat (7-11, 5-11, 11-5, 15-13, 11-9); rather more convincingly in the next contest Kenzo Carmo lost to Diego de la Cruz (11-9, 11-9, 11-9).
It was at that stage, the revival began. Henrique Noguti overcame Jorge Chacon (11-4, 11-7, 11-8), before by the narrowest of decisions Kenzo Carmo beat Sergio Carrillo (11-13, 12-10, 11-5, 9-11, 12-10). Shim Joon completed the recovery by overcoming Diego de la Cruz (11-7, 11-7, 11-7).
A close call in the penultimate round; arguably it was event closer in the final against Peru, an outfit with which the Brazilians were familiar. In the group stage they had recorded a three-one win; in the title decider it was very different.
“It was a very difficult the semi-final against Guatemala, we were down two-nil. Against Peru we never lost heart and achieved our goal, winning close games in high level matches. It was very important to fight; the win gives us confidence, we think can achieve more in this Latin American Championships.” Jorge Franck
Carlos Fernandez proved the thorn in the Brazilian side. He beat Shim Joon (11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 11-4), after Kenzo Carmo had accounted for Joel Cisneros (11-9, 11-2, 11-6); later following success for Henrique Noguti against Adrian Rubinos (8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9), he returned to the table to overcome Kenzo Carmo (10-12, 11-4, 11-8, 11-6) thus levelling matters.
The stage was set and sheer drama followed; Shim Joon prevailed, he beat Joel Cisneros in a titanic duel decided by the minimal two point margin in the fifth game (11-9, 7-11, 11-9, 5-11, 13-11).
“I am very happy to win this title we managed to play well and won because we had a good team spirit and good advice from our coach Jorge; we faced very strong opposition but in the end we made it.”Kenzo Carmo
Meanwhile, in the counterpart semi-final, Peru had recorded a three-one win against the Puerto Rican outfit comprising Pablo Figueroa Ortiz, Angel Naranjo and Jabdiel Torres. The one success for the Caribbean island was recorded by Angel Naranjo; in the second match of the fixture, he beat Joel Cisneros (11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 11-8).
Proceedings in the Cadet Boys’ Team events over, attention now turns to the individual competitions; play concludes 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)