21 Mar 2019

Eyes focused on Jordi Morales on the first day of play, Wednesday 20th March, at the 2019 Para Costa Rica Open; the hopes of a repeat performance when last year in Lasko he was crowned world champion were anticipated.

They did not accrue; in Girona it was disappointment.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Competing in men’s singles class 7, after finishing in first place in his group ahead of Japan’s Kasuko Hemmi, Denmark’s Henrik Brammer and Great Britain’s Theo Bishop, he experienced a quarter-final defeat at the hands of Masachika Inoue, like Kasuko Hemmi from Japan; he was beaten in four games (16-14, 9-11, 13-11, 11-9).

Defeat for Jordi Morales, not for his colleagues in the men’s singles events, players who likewise started the opening day in the top seeded position; the medal hopes of Alvaro Valera, Juan Bautista Perez and José Manuel Reyes remain very much alive.

On duty in class 6, Alvaro Valera finished ahead of Japan’s Junko Hai and Georgios Mouchthis of Greece before in the main draw overcoming Kazuki Shichino, also from Japan (11-7, 11-6, 11-2) to reserve his place in the penultimate round. Similarly, in the same category, colleague Alberto Seone, the no.3 seed, advanced to the semi-final stage. First place in the group secured, he overcame Junko Ito (15-13, 12-10, 11-3) in the quarter-final round, having in the group phase finished ahead of Japan’s Kazuki Shichino and Marios Chatzikyriako of Greece.

Also, in class 9, Juan Bautista Perez remained unbeaten to gain first place in his group ahead of the Czech Republic’s David Pulpan, Tonnie Heijnen of the Netherlands and Japan’s Hayamu Abe. Not to be upstaged it was top spot for José Manuel Reyes, he concluded his initial phase matches ahead of Great Britain’s Jack Stockdale, colleague Angel Garrido and India’s Jagannath Mukherjee. Both Juan Bautista Perez and José Manuel Reyes gained direct entries to the semi-finals.

Defeat for Jordi Morales; there was also defeat for Kim Youngun, the top seed in class 4, he suffered a quarter-final reverse at the hands compatriot, Lee Kyeongun (11-8, 11-2, 8-11, 11-9).

Otherwise, the medal hopes of the top seeds in the men’s singles events remain very much alive.

Additional to the Spanish contingent, Korea Republic’s Nam Kiwon enjoyed a trouble free day in class 1 as did the French duo of Fabien Lamirault in class 2 and Florian Merrien in class 3. Similarly it was a day of success for Korea Republic’s Kim Kiyoung in class 5, as it was for Belgium’s Marc Ledoux in class 8 and Frenchman Lucas Creange in class 11.

Play in the individual events in Girona concludes on Thursday 21st March.

2019 Para Costa Brava Open: Draws and Results

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