25 Jan 2020

Bronze medallist at the European Para Championships in 2011 in Split, Florence Gossiaux-Sireau secured the first title to be decided at the 2019 Chile Para Open in Santiago.

She won women’s singles class 2-5 on a day when the most notable names on duty emerged unscathed; in fact she caused the biggest upset of the day the win her first such international title.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

A group organised event Florence Gossiaux-Sireau commenced matters the no.2 seed; she remained unbeaten, crucially in the concluding match accounting for the host nation’s Tamara Leonelli by the very narrowest of margins (5-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-6, 11-9) to claim the title.

The only reverse of the day for Tamara Leonelli, she finished in runners up spot.

A somewhat surprise outcome but not a major upset; otherwise, the leading names are all very much on course. In the one further women’s singles competition, class 7-10, Japan’s Nozomi Takeuchi, the top seed and Lucie Hautière, like Florence Gossiaux-Sireau from France, the no.2 seed, ended the day unbeaten. In an event that witnessed two groups in the initial phase, they duly booked semi-final places.

First place in the group for Lucie Hautière (Photo: Carlos Leon)
Prominent names advance

Similarly, in the men’s singles events the most prominent names progressed without blemish.

Flying the flag for the host nation, Luis Bustamente Flores, the top seed in class 1-2, finished in first place in his group, before ousting colleague, Alfonso Diaz (11-6, 11-3, 9-11, 9-11, 11-7) to reach the final where he faces Brazil’s Iranildo Espindola, the no.2 seed. Likewise, Iranildo Espindola remained unbeaten to reserve first place in his group, before recording a penultimate round success in opposition to Colombia’s Ramon Briceno (11-8, 11-8, 11-4).

Meanwhile, in class 4-5, three groups in the first stage, the leading names, Frenchman Nicolas Savant-Aira, alongside Chile’s Cristian Gonzalez and Maximiliano Rodriguez progressed to the semi-finals.

Nicolas Savant-Aira and Cristian Gonzalez advanced directly, Maximiliano Rodriguez was required to play a quarter-final contest; he beat Argentina’s Giuliano Balbi (11-8, 11-4, 11-8).

A successful day for Nicolas Savant-Aira (Photo: Carlos Leon)
Similar scenario

Likewise in class 6-7 it was three groups in the initial stage; Brazil’s Israel Stroh, Germany’s Jochen Wollmert and Frenchman Stéphane Messi, the respective top three seeds, all emerged successful, semi-final places being reserved as a result of group first place. Stéphane Messi was due to play a quarter-final round but received a walk-over when scheduled to oppose Chile’s Andres Lavanderos.

Three groups in the first stage, it was the same in class 8, first places finishing in the hands of the top three names, Frenchman Thomas Bouvais, Belgium’s Marc Ledoux and Brazil’s Luis Manara; the quarter-finals have yet to be played.

Safe progress for Marc Ledoux (Photo: Carlos Leon)
Progress as anticipated

Similarly, in class 9, two groups in the first stage, Sweden’s Daniel Gustafsson and Brazil’s Lucas Carvalho progressed to the semi-final round. Also in class 10, where there were three groups, the Spanish duo of José Manuel Ruiz and Jorge Cardona advanced alongside Brazil’s Carlos Carbinatti.

The no.3 seed, Carlos Carbinatti was required to compete in the quarter-final round; he duly overcame the host nation’a Gustavo Castro (11-6, 11-8, 11-7).

Play in the individual events concludes on Saturday 25th January when the team events commence.

Jorge Cardona, never in danger (Photo: Carlos Leon)


2020 Chile Para Open: Draw and Results

Paralympics Para Table Tennis 2020 Chile Para Open Florence Gossiaux-Sireau

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