21 Mar 2019

A first appearance of the year on the ITTF World Junior Circuit, the United States combination formed by Aziz Zarehbin and Kai Zarehbin emerged the surprise pairing in the initial phase of the junior boys’ team event at the 2019 Chile Junior and Cadet Open in Santiago on Wednesday 20th March.

The no.8 seeds, contrary to expectations, they finished in top spot in their group and in some style; they did not surrender a singles individual match.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Facing the Canadian combination formed by Alexander Bu and David Xu, the no.3 seeds, Aziz Zarehbin gave his team the best possible start; he beat Alexander Bu in three straight games (11-7, 11-4, 12-10). Kai Zarehbin extended the lead by overcoming David Xu (11-9, 11-8, 7-11, 8-11, 11-7), before an impressive doubles win ended matters (13-11, 11-7, 11-3).

Defeat for Alexander Bu and David Xu but a main draw place was secured. In a similar manner to the United States pairing, they accounted for the Peruvian duo of David Garces and José Zapata in an emphatic 3-0 manner to secure second place.

A surprise pole position; in the remaining groups it was top spot as status advised. The host nation’s combination of Nicolas Burgos, Andres Martinez and Jorge Paredes duly underlined their credentials, as did the second seeded combination of Argentina’s Santiago Lorenzo and Matias Velarde.

Likewise, the fourth seeds, Brazil’s Rafael Torino and Diogo Silva topped their group, a feat emulated by the fifth seeds, the Peruvian combination of Adolfo Cucho and Carlos Fernandez.

Meanwhile, in the cadet boys’ team event, where there were four groups in the initial phase, the top seeded pairing of Shim Joon and Henrique Noguti duly finished in first position, as did the next in line, the Ecuadorian partnership of Jeremy Cedeño and Diego Piguave.

Similarly, it was first place for Peru’s Rodrigo Vigo and Adrian Rubinos but not for the fourth seeds, the Chilean combination of Gabriel Flores and Alvaro Fuentes. They finished in fourth position without a win to their name; Brazil’s Gustavo Gertsmann and Luigi Yamane ended the day in first position ahead of Argentina’s Facundo de Leon and Franco Villarruel.

Play in the junior boys’ team and cadet boys’ team events concludes on Thursday 21st March.

World Junior Circuit 2019 Chile Junior & Cadet Open Diogo Silva Rafael Torino Kai Zarehbin Aziz Zarehbin

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