Tournaments

22 Nov 2018

First places assured for the top four seeds the previous day in the Women’s Team event at the Sparta 2018 ITTF Pan American Championships in Santiago; as the group stage of play concluded on Wednesday 21st November, the question posed was as to who would join the leading outfits – Brazil, the United States, Chile, Puerto Rico – in the quarter-final draw.

The answer after some two hours of play emerged: Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Canada and Argentina reserved places in the round of the last eight.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Represented by Lisi Castillo, Daniela Fonseca Carranza and Idalys Lovet; Cuba, the no.8 seeds, recorded a three-one win in opposition to the no.9 seeds, Mexico’s Marbella Aceves, Clio Barcenas and Yadira Silva; the one errant contest being the success of Yadira Silva in the second match of the fixture. She accounted for Lisi Castillo in three straight games (11-8, 11-6, 17-15).

Second place for Cuba behind Brazil, for the Dominican Republic, the end result was next in line to the United States; the no.10 seeds, the trio formed by Eva Brito, Esmerlyn Castro and Yasiris Ortiz caused somewhat of an upset. They posted a three-nil win when facing the no.7 seeds, Guatemala’s Lucia Cordero, Mabelyn Enriquez and Andrea Montufar.

Likewise, Canada upset the formbook; the no.11 seeds, selecting Alicia Côté, Ivy Liao and Zhang Mo, they beat the no.5 seeds, the Colombian outfit comprising Paula Medina, Maria Perdomo and Cory Tellez by three matches to one. The one success for the Colombians came in the third match of the engagement when Cory Tellez beat Ivy Liao (9-11, 11-6, 11-3, 11-9).

Notably, Zhang Mo beat both Paula Medina 11-6, 11-2, 11-7) and Maria Perdomo (11-3, 11-3, 11-5) but the key to the victory came in the very match of the engagement. In a full distance five games contest decided by the very narrowest of margins, Alicia Côté and Ivy Liao overcame Maria Perdomo and Cory Tellez (14-16, 7-11, 11-8, 11-2, 13-11).

Success for Canada meant runners up spot behind Chile; meanwhile, a three-nil success for the no.6 seeds, Argentina’s Camila Arguelles, Ana Codina and Candela Molero against, the no.12 seeds, Ecuador’s Nathaly Paredes, Emely Quinllin and Astrid Salazar, likewise reserved second position. The Argentine trio finished one place behind Puerto Rico.

At the quarter-final stage Brazil plays the Dominican Republic, Canada opposes Puerto Rico; in the opposite half of the draw Cuba meets Chile, Argentina faces the United States.

The fixtures will be played later in the day.

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