04 Feb 2020

A worthwhile journey from Europe, Belgium’s Marc Ledoux and Spain’s José Manuel Ruiz emerged the most successful players at the 2020 Chile Para Open in Santiago, when three days of action concluded in the Polideportivo Estadio Nacional on Sunday 26th January.

Gold in the individual events, one day later it was the same in the team competition.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Winner of men’s singles class 8, Marc Ledoux joined forces with Frenchman Thomas Bouvais and Germany’s Jochen Wollmert to secure the top prize in class 6-8.

On a day when all team events were held on a group all-play-all basis, the Europeans, the top seeds, finished ahead of the Chilean trio formed by Ignacio Torres, Claudio Bahamondes and Osvaldo Torres.

Good form maintained by Marc Ledoux, it was the same from José Manuel Ruiz. Partnering colleague Jorge Cardona, the player he had beaten in the class 10 final, the duo secured the men’s team class 9-10 title finishing ahead of the Brazilians Carlos Carbinatti and Lucas dos Santos.

Surprise outcome

Success as expected, it was the same in women’s team class 7-10 but not in men’s team class 1-5.

In the former, Japan’s Nazomi Takeuchi and Lucie Hautière of France finished ahead of the host nation’s Ailyn Espinoza and Francisca del Carmen Morales; in the latter Cristian Gonzalez and Maximiliano Rodriguez, like Ailyn Espinoza and Francisca del Carmen Morales from Chile, caused an upset.

The no.2 seed, they recorded a 2-1 win against the combination of Frenchman, Nicolas Savant-Aira who lined up alongside Brazil’s Ecildo Lopez de Oliveira and Iranildo Espindola, the top seeds, to seal the title.

The only defeat of the day, Nicolas Savant-Aira and Brazil’s Ecildo Lopez de Oliveira finished in second place.

Proceedings concluded in Santiago, attention now turns to Alexandria; the 2020 Egypt Para Open commences on Saturday 1st February.

2020 Chile Para Open: Draw and Results

Paralympics Para Table Tennis Jose Manuel Ruiz Marc Ledoux

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