07 Dec 2018

Play in the individual events at the 2018 Copa Costa Rica in San José concluded, in the wheelchair category competitions decided on Thursday 6th December, the surprise name to emerge successful was that of Cuba’s Carlos Diaz, he won Men’s Singles Class 5.

Otherwise it was the top seeds that prevailed. In the Men’s Singles events, Russia’s Vladimir Toporkov won Class 3; Chile’s Cristian Gonzalez clinched the top prize in Class 4. Similarly in the Women’s Singles competitions, Brazil’s Thais Fraga Severo justified her exalted position to claim the Class 2-3 title.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

In a group organized event, Carlos Diaz finished ahead of colleague Daniel Ramirez with Canada’s Muhammad Mudhassar in third place. Frenchman Philippe Durieux, the top seed, concluded matters in fourth position ahead of Guatemala’s Gerber Salazar.

A fine effort from Carlos Diaz, it was equally impressive from Vladimir Toporkov; after ousting Costa Rica’s Geovanni Rodriguez (11-4, 11-5, 11-3), he overcame Venezuela’s Roberto Quijada (12-10, 11-8, 14-12) to secure the top prize.

Success in style for Vladimir Toporkov, for Cristian Gonzalez life was more exacting. At the semi-final stage he needed the full five games to beat Brazil’s Ecildo Lopez de Oliveira, only emerging successful by the minimal two point margin in the decider (11-6, 11-7, 6-11, 7-11, 13-11). A place in the final booked; he overcame colleague Maximilian Rodriguez (12-10, 2-11, 11-8, 11-8) to claim the top prize.

Notably Maximilian Rodriguez was a player in form; in the penultimate round he had ended the hopes of Brazil’s Alexandre Macieira, the no.2 seed (11-7, 11-8, 10-12, 11-7, 11-8).

Likewise, there were testing times for Thais Fraga Severo; after accounting for colleague Marliane Amaral Santos in the semi-final round (11-8, 11-4, 11-9), in the final she needed the full five games to overcome Cuba’s Yanelis Silva (7-11, 11-8, 11-7, 7-11, 11-5).

The individual events concluded; the team competitions now start; play concludes on Friday 7th December.

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