Tournaments

16 Aug 2019

Ever present in Central American tournaments, Guatemala enjoyed one of their most successful days on the ITTF World Junior Circuit.

On Thursday 15th August at the 2019 El Salvador Junior and Cadet Open, Lucia Cordero and Hidalynn Zapata won the junior girls’ team event; Diego de la Cruz partnered Mexico’s Rogelio Castro to cadet boys’ team gold.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

The top seeds, after recording a 3-1 win against the combination of Chile’s Javiera Saavedra and Guatemalan colleague, Mercedes Mendizabal, Lucia Cordero and Hidalynn Zapata secured the title in style; a 3-0 success was the outcone in opposition to El Salvador’s Keren Constanza and Monica Mendoza.

Earlier at the semi-final stage, Keren Constanza and Monica Mendoza, the no.2 seeds, had secured a 3-0 win when facing Chile’s Miriam Ruiz and Natasha Ruiz.

Hard fought success

Success for Lucia Cordero and Hidalynn Zapata without ever being extended the full five match distance; it was somewhat different for Diego de la Cruz and Rogelio Castro.

At the quarter-final stage a 3-2 margin of victory was the outcome against the combination formed by Guatemala’s Jefferson Quino and Jayden Zhou of the United States; before, by the same margin, a semi-final success was recorded in opposition to Ecuador’s Jeremy Cedeño and Diego Piguave.

The players to cause the problems for the eventual champions were Jayden Zhou and Jeremy Cedeño. In hard fought contests, Jayden Zhou beat Diego de la Cruz (11-2, 11-8, 7-11, 8-11, 11-5) and Rogelio Castro (11-6, 4-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-9); likewise Jeremy Cedeño accounted for Diego de la Cruz (13-11, 12-14, 11-9, 13-11) and Rogelio Castro (6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 9-11, 11-8).

A place in the final booked, life was less dramatic; a 3-0 win was the outcome against Sweden’s Ludwig Erenius and Alve Sjoeveld. Earlier, Ludwig Erenius and Alve Sjoeveld had recorded a 3-1 quarter-final win when confronting Peru’s Alvaro Chavez and Renzo Zeballos, before reserving their place in the final following a 3-2 success in opposition to the United States combination of Ved Sheth and Aziz Zarehbin.

Gold for Canada

Success for Guatemala and Mexico; in the junior boys’ team competition it was gold for the top seeds, Canada’s Edison Huang and Terence Yeung.

Following a 3-1 win last eight win against Ecuador’s Matthias Lecarno and Neycer Robalino, a 3-0 margin of victory was recorded in opposition to the partnership of Christian Moran, also from Ecuador and Kai Zarehbin from the United States. A place in the final booked, a 3-0 success was the outcome in opposition to Chile’s Matias Pedraza and Jean Parra.

Silver for Matias Pedraza and Jean Parra but a finish beyond expectations; they commenced play the fifth seeds. At the quarter-final stage they posted a 3-1 win against the second seeds, Canada’s Alexander Bu and David Xu, prior to recording a 3-0 penultimate round success in opposition to the fourth seeds, the Dominican Republic’s Pedro Cabrera and Hiram Morillo.

Even more imposing

Impressive from Matias Pedraza and Jean Parra; in the cadet girls’ team event, it was even more impressive from Brazil’s Beatrix Fiore and Linda Shu of the United States.

Likewise they commenced play the fifth seeds. A 3-1 win was the outcome in the final against the top seeded pairing of Ecuador’s Maybelline Menendez and Chile’s Sofia Perez, after having progressed to the title decider in style.

Most imposingly a 3-0 quarter-final win was recorded against Sweden’s Hillevi Della Morte and Amelia Sirous Gunarsson, before by the same margin, victory was secured in opposition to Chile’s Romina Barrientos and Fernanda Araneda. In the opposite half of the draw, Maybelline Menendez and Sofia Perez, a direct entry to the semi-finals, secured a 3-0 win against El Salvador’s Christina Machado and Victoria Guevara to reserve their place in the gold medal contest.

Team events concluded; attention now turns to the individual events; play in El Salvador concludes on Sunday 18th August.

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