22 Mar 2019

The top step of the podium; Brazil won gold in both the junior boys’ team and cadet boys’ team events on Thursday 21st March at the 2019 Chile Junior and Cadet Open in the country’s capital city of Santiago.

Diogo Silva and Rafael Torino emerged the junior champions; the cadet title was secured by Shim Joon and Henrique Noguti.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Success but for Diogo Silva and Rafael Torino but there were testing times; after recording a three-nil win against the Canadian combination of Alexander Bu and David Xu in the penultimate round and in the final, they needed the full five matches to secure victory.

Lining up alongside Jorge Paredes, Nicolas Burgos presented the semi-final problems, he beat both Diogo Silva (11-5, 11-3, 11-5) and Rafael Torino (11-8, 11-8, 11-8).

Later in the final, facing the Argentine duo of Santiago Lorenzo and Matias Velarde, after the third match, the Brazilians faced the point of no return. Diogo Silva gave his team the perfect start by beating Matias Velarde (12-10, 11-7, 11-8), before Santiago Lorenzo accounted for Rafael Torino (11-9, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5) and the Argentine duo combined to win the doubles (8-11, 11-5, 11-1, 11-9).

Argentina ahead, it appeared they may well close the door. In the immediately ensuing match, Santiago Lorenzo led Diogo Silva by two games to nil, before losing the third by the very narrowest of margins, before the Brazilian recovered to level the overall score in the contest (9-11, 8-11, 12-10. 11-8, 11-7). Parity, Rafael Torino beat Matias Velarde (8-11, 11-5, 11-1, 11-9) to secure the victory.

In the opposite half of the draw at the quarter-final stage Santiago Lorenzo and Matias Velarde had recorded a 3-0 success against Peru’s Rodrigo Bejarano and Felipe Duffo, prior to reserving their place in the final courtesy of a 3-1 win in opposition to Brazil’s Lauro Sebold and Kenzo Carmo.

Gold for Brazil, in the cadet boys’ team event it was gold and silver. Shim Joon and Henrique Noguti emerged the champions recording a 3-1 win in the final when facing colleagues Luigi Yaname and Gustavo Gertsmann.

Earlier Shim Joon and Henrique Noguti had ended the hopes of Peru; at the quarter-final stage they posted a 3-0 win against Robert Puican and Alvaro Chavez, before by the same margin overcoming Adrian Rubinos and Rodrigo Viga.

Meanwhile in the opposite half of the draw, Ecuador had been the victims, a 3-1 result being the outcome on each occasion; in the round of the last eight they beat Paul Ponce Cedeño and Joseph Vasquez Hidalgo prior to overcoming Jeremy Cedeño and Diego Piguave.

The junior boys’ team and cadet boys’ team events concluded, attention now turns to the individual events.

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