by Ian Marshall, Editor
In the one women’s team event organised, for wheelchair players in class 2-5, the top seeded combination of the host nation’s Edith Sigala and Martha Verdin emerged unbeaten after their initial two fixtures.
Notably Martha Verdin, the class 4-5 winner the previous day, maintained her form as did Great Britain’s Lucie Bouron, the surprise class 2-3 women’s singles gold medallist; partnering Chile’s Tamara Leonelli, the second seeds, it was a day without defeat
Meanwhile, in the men’s team events, as in the men’s singles competitions, Thailand made its presence felt. The top seeds in each instance, in class 2-3 Yuttajak Glinbanchuen and Anurak Laowong secured first place in their group as in class 4-5 did Wanchai Chaiwut and Maitree Kongruang. Likewise it was pole position in class 6-7 for Rungroj Thainiyom, and Chalermpong Punpoo.
Similarly, for their major challengers, the second seeds, in the events in question where there were two groups in the first stage, it was first place. In class 2-3, Chile’s Luis Bustamente and Alfonso Diaz remained unbeaten, as in class 4-5 did Cristian Gonzalez and Maximiliano Rodriguez, also from Chile. Likewise in class 6-7, Japan’s Masachika Inoue and Kazuya Kaneko end the day, without defeat.
Meanwhile, in class 8, a group organized event, Japan’s Takumi Shukunobe and Hiromi Sato concluded the day unbeaten as did Canada’s Ian Kent and Curtis Caron. Success for Japan, it was the same in class 9-10; two groups in stage one, the top two pairs remained unbeaten; Koyo Iwabuchi and Takuya Nakajima headed their group, as did Chile’s Manuel Echaveguren and Gustavo Castro.
Play in Cancun concludes in Friday 7th June.
ITTF Para Copa Cristina Hoffmann 2019: Full Results & Draws