21 Feb 2019

Pedro Osiro from Switzerland is the no.11 seed in the junior boys’ singles event at the 2019 Swedish Junior and Cadet Open which commenced in Örebro on Wednesday 20th February.

A direct entry to the second round, he made the ideal start to his campaign; he beat Singapore’s Nicholas Ching in four straight games (11-6, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7).

by Per Hällström, Press Officer, Safir International

Success and the 17 year old is most certainly an ambitious young man; he has definite goals.

“Of course I would like to go as far as possible and at least a quarter-final place would be fine, I’m quite satisfied with my serve. He couldn’t read the spin and I stayed focused all the time.” Pedro Osiro.

Currently, he is playing in the fourth League in Germany and hopes that his team can reach the third division next season. His future goal is to play professionally but first he will continue playing more ITTF World Junior Circuit tournaments; next summer he hopes to play the European Youth Championships in Ostrava.

Notably, Pedro was born in Brazil; his grandparents are from Japan. Over the years many of Brazil’s leading players are descendants of families who immigrated to Brazil in the early years of the 20th century.

“I’m the only child and my family moved to Switzerland 2006. Table tennis is not the most popular sport in my country so it’s difficult to find players to compete against.” Pedro Osiro.

The highest listed Swiss player at the moment is Lionel Weber. He is named at no.148 on the current men’s world rankings. Pedro hopes to be the highest ranked player in the country; he presently stands at no.835.

His favorite player in the world is Fan Zhendong and he also likes another Brazilian player, a certain Hugo Calderano.

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