by Ian Marshall, Editor
However, particularly in the Cadet Boys’ Doubles event, life was testing; outfits from the host continent, Latin America, rose to the challenge and caused their illustrious visitors from East Asia, more than food for thought
At the final hurdle, Wang Chen-You and Yang Tsan-Wei needed the full five games to beat the combination of Costa Rica’s Ricardo Azofeifa and Peru’s Carlos Fernandez (5-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-2, 11-7), having likewise at the semi-final stage emerged successful in an even closer contest when facing Puerto Rico’s Angel Naranjo and Jabdiel Torres.
They clinched victory by the minimal two point margin in the decider, the Puerto Ricans being so near yet so far from clinching a memorable four games win (11-9, 2-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-9).
Similarly, in the counterpart semi-final, it had been a narrow defeat for Puerto Rico; Axel Torres and Hector Vicens had given Ricardo Azofeifa and Carlos Fernandez a torrid time, as with Wang Chen-You and Yang Tsan-Wei, emerging successful by the very minimal two point margin in the deciding fifth game (11-7, 11-5, 11-13, 11-13, 11-9).
Tense times, in the Cadet Girls’ Doubles, life was less fraught with Puerto Rico again proving most competitive. At the final hurdle, after beating Chile’s Macarena Montecino and Sofia Perez (11-6, 13-11 14-12), Kassandra Maldonado and Zulnamy Soto experienced defeat in the title deciding contest when facing Chen Tsai-Ni and Liu Ru-Yun (9-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-2).
In the counterpart semi-final, Chen Tsai-Ni and Liu Ru-Yun had beaten Brianna Burgos and Sonelis Gonzalez, also from Puerto Rico (11-8, 11-5, 11-5).
Play in El Salvador concludes on Sunday 19th August.