06 Dec 2018

Winner earlier this year at the Spanish Open in Almeria, Russia’s Aleksandra Vasileva emerged successful in the first Women’s Singles event to be decided at the 2018 Copa Costa Rica in the country’s capital city of San José on Wednesday 5th December.

She won the Class 4-5 title to add to her ever growing collection of honours.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

The 20 year old finished ahead of Germany’s Lisa Hentig, Venezuela’s Evelyn Garcia and Brazil’s Raiza da Silva in a group organized event. Furthermore she won in style; she succeeded without surrendering a single individual game.

She beat Evelyn Garcia in her opening contest (11-2, 11-2, 11-8), before accounting for Raiza da Silva (11-5, 11-2, 11-6) and Lisa Hentig (11-7, 12-10, 11-8) to seal the title.

Success for Aleksandra Vasileva, in Class 6-8, it was also a successful day for her colleagues, Victoriya Safanova and Maliak Alieva both remained unbeaten to secure first places in their respective groups. Victoriya Safanova finished ahead of the host country’s Aneth Araya; Maliak Alieva ahead of Brazil’s Elem da Silva.

In the penultimate round it is Victoriya Safanova versus Elem da Silva, Maliak Alieva in opposition to Aneth Araya.

Meanwhile in Class 2-3, also organized in two stages, a group phase with first and second in each group advancing to the semi-finals, there was somewhat of a surprise. Brazil’s Thai Fraga, the top seed, concluded matters in first place in her group ahead of Venezuela’s Ana Carrillo but there was defeat for compatriot; Marliane Amaral, the no.2 seed. She suffered at the hands of Cuba’s Yanelis Silva (9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-1).

However, it was to prove her only defeat; thus second place and progress to the main draw was secured. Yanelis Silva duly remained unbeaten to top the group.

At the semi-final stage Thais Fraga meets Marliane Amarel, Yanelis Silva opposes Anna Carrillo.

Play in the individual events concludes on Thursday 6th November.

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