22 Mar 2019

Gold and silver, Brazil dominated proceedings in the junior girls’ team event at the 2019 Chile Junior and Cadet Open in Santiago on Thursday 21st March; at the final hurdle the combination formed by Tamyres Fukase and Livia Livia prevailed in opposition to colleagues Giulia Takahashi and Laura Watanabe.

A 3-1 margin of victory was the outcome, one that pays great credit to the runners up, Giulia Takahashi is only 13 years of age, being born in 2005, Laura Watanabe, 14 years old is one year the senior.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

In the final, Livia Lima proved the mainstay of success, she beat Laura Watanabe in the second match of the fixture (11-8, 11-5, 11-2), before bringing matters to a close by overcoming Guilia Takahashi in the fourth contest (9-11, 11-4, 11-9, 11-6).

Sandwiched in between she partnered Tamyres Fukase to doubles success (11-8, 10-12, 11-7, 6-11, 11-5); the one win for the defeated being recorded by Giulia Takahashi, in the opening match of the engagement, she accounted for Tamyres Fukase (11-7, 11-2, 13-11).

Success for Tamyres Fukase and Livia Livia; the title secured after hard fought quarter and semi-final victories. At the quarter-final stage a 3-2 win was recorded against the Chilean combination of Valentina Rios and Jerusalen Flores; the mainstay of the win being Tamyres Fukase, she accounted for Valentina Rios (15-13, 8-11, 14-12, 11-8) and Jerusalen Flores (13-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-3).

A place in the penultimate round booked, a 3-1 win was posted against Ecuador, the outfit against whom they had experienced defeat in the South American final. Star of the show was Livia Lima, she overcame both Mylena Plaza (12-10, 15-13, 11-3) and Nathaly Paredes (2-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-2).

Hard fought contests, it had been the same in the opposite half of the draw for Giulia Takahashi and Laura Watanabe. They recorded a 3-0 quarter-final success against Chile’s Claudia Infante and Natasha Rios, before being extended the full five match distance by the combination of Canada’s Benita Zhou and Brazil’s Amy Sekimoto.

The first two places for Brazil; in the cadet girls’ team event it was the same for Peru, Chile being the bronze medallists. After recording a 3-1 win against Sofia Perez and Romina Barrientos; Ana Aragon and Maria Maldonado secured a 3-0 success against colleagues Alejandra Prieto and Delia Soria to claim the title. In the counterpart semi-final, Alejandra Prieto and Delia Soria had recorded a 3-2 win when facing Sofia Vega and Constanza Mesas.

Play in the junior girls’ team and cadet girls’ team events concluded, attention now turns to the individual events.

World Junior Circuit 2019 Chile Junior & Cadet Open Giulia Takahashi Livia Lima Laura Watanabe Tamyres Fukase

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