by Ian Marshall, Editor
Commencing play the third highest rated on duty, she remained unbeaten to collect her second such career title. In October 2017 she had clinched the class 1-3 title at the Para Belgium Open in Sint-Niklaas.
Notably Lucie Bouron, after accounting for Brazil’s Carla Azevedo, the no.2 seed, in a closely contested five games encounter (4-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-2, 11-4), overcame Mexico’s Edith Sigala, the top seed and reigning Para Panamerican Games champion (10-12, 11-9, 11-5, 11-6) to secure the top prize.
“I’m really pleased to win gold. I’ve had some good wins along the way and it’s great to see areas I’ve been working on in training being implemented in my matches. I’m hoping to carry this forward now into the team event.” Lucie Bouron
Edith Lopez finished in runners up spot followed by Carla Azevedo; in the concluding match of the event, Edith Lopez beat Carla Azevedo in straight games (11-3, 11-6, 11-5).
A surprise outcome; in the remaining women’s singles competitions, also organized on a group all-play-all basis, the outcome was as anticipated.
Moreover, there was success for the host nation. In class 4-5, Martha Verdin finished ahead Chile’s Tamara Leonelli with Colombia’s Nelly Sanchez in third place.
Meanwhile, in the one further event, class 7-10, it was success for Canada; Stephanie Chan concluded matters in first position ahead of the host nation’s Claudia Perez and Costa Rica’s Aneth Araya.
Play now continues with the team events, proceedings conclude on Friday 7th June.
ITTF Para Copa Cristina Hoffmann 2019: Full Results & Draws