25 Nov 2018

Defending champions, the winners in September 2017 in the northern Colombian resort of Cartagena de Indias and the top seeds in the Chilean capital city of Santiago, both Canada’s Alicia Côté and Zhang Mo, followed by Brazil’s Vitor Ishiy and Eric Jouti, each took one further step on the morning of Sunday 25th November in their efforts to retain their titles.

At semi-final stage of the Women’s Doubles event at the Sparta 2018 ITTF Pan American Championships, Alicia Côté and Zhang Mo beat Brazil’s Gui Lin and Jessica Yamada (11-4, 11-8, 11-8); in the immediately ensuing contest, in the Men’s Doubles penultimate round, Vitor Ishiy and Eric Jouti accounted for Argentina’s Gaston Alto and Horacio Cifuentes (11-9, 11-6, 11-5).

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Success for Eric Jouti and Vitor Ishiy, for Vitor Ishiy there was an element of revenge, the previous evening, the no.3 seed he had been beaten at the quarter-final stage of the Men’s Singles event by Horacio Cifuentes, the no.5 seed (8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 13-11, 11-9). Equally, to some extent for Vitor Ishiy, he had a point to prove; the no.10 seed, he had experienced a second round Men’s Singles defeat at the hands of Canada’s Eugene Wang, the no.22 seed (11-7, 11-7, 8-11, 14-12).

Impressive from Eric Jouti and Vitor Ishiy; in the opposite half of the draw it was equally imposing from Paraguay’s Marcelo Aguirre and Alejandro Toranzos, the no.2 seeds; they recorded a straight games win in opposition to Puerto Rico’s Brian Afanador and Daniel Gonzalez, the no.4 seeds (11-7, 11-9, 11-7).

Disappointment for Argentina in the Men’s Doubles semi-finals, it was the same in the Women’s Doubles penultimate round; Camila Arguelles and Ana Codina, the no.5 seeds, experienced defeat at the hands of the United States combination of Wu Yue and Lily Zhang, the no.2 seeds (11-7, 11-6, 7-11, 11-3).

Notably for Wu Yue, a final appearance once again beckons, last year in Cartagena de Indias in partnership with Crystal Wang she reached the title deciding contest; for Gui Lin it is once a semi-final farewell, last year when partnering Bruna Takahashi it was a bronze medal.

Meanwhile, for Marcelo Aguirre, it is progresses, in 2017, he concluded matters a bronze medallist in partnership with Axel Gavilan.

The finals of both the Men’s Doubles and Women’s Doubles events will be played later in the day.

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