12 Aug 2018

Much travelled, a familiar face on the ITTF World Junior Circuit, Panama’s Jacobo Vahnish was rewarded for his efforts on Saturday 11th August in San José, Costa Rica.

At the 2018 Latin American Cadet Championships, he won the Boys’ Singles title, the winning coming immediately after Brazil’s Giulia Takahashi, a member of last year’s ITTF Hopes Programme, secured the top step of the Girls’ Singles podium.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Success for Jacobo Vahnish but it was hard earned success; at the final hurdle he was stretched to the very limit by Peru’s Carlos Fernandez in a thrilling encounter (11-8, 5-11, 6-11, 11-5, 13-11).

Earlier, in the later stages he had accounted for Argentina’s Christian Azcoaga (11-8, 12-10, 10-12, 11-9), prior to reserving his place in the final courtesy of success against Puerto Rico’s Angel Naranjo (11-6, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7). In the opposite half of the draw, in the quarter-finals Carlos Fernandez had also ended Argentine hopes, he beat Lautaro Sato (12-10, 11-1, 11-13, 11-3), prior to overcoming the host nation’s Alfredo Sanchez (11-5, 11-6, 11-0).

Meanwhile, in the Girls’ Singles event, there were also tense moments for Giulia Takahashi.

At the quarter-final stage she was extended the full five games distance by Chile’s Macarena Montecino (11-5, 11-4, 7-11, 3-11, 11-7), prior to rather more comfortably ending Mexican hopes. In the penultimate round, she accounted for Marbella Aceves (11-4, 9-11, 11-4, 11-3), before securing the top prize at the expense of Arantxa Cossio Aceves (11-6, 11-5, 11-6).

In the opposite half of the draw, in the round of the last eight, Arantxa Cossio Aceves had beaten Colombia’s Juliana Rodriguez (8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-8), prior to recording a five games success in opposition to Ecuador’s Karen Muñoz (12-14, 11-3, 7-11, 11-2, 11-7).

Draws and Results

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 – Results (Thursday 9th August)

2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Cadet Boys’ Singles – Main Draw – Results (Saturday 11th August)

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

2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Cadet Girls’ Singles – Main Draw – Results (Saturday 11th August)

2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Cadet Boys’ Doubles – Results (Friday 10th August)

2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Cadet Girls’ Doubles – Results (Friday 10th August)

2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Cadet Mixed Doubles – Results (Friday 10th August)

2018 Latin American Cadet Championships Jacobo Vahnish Giulia Takahashi