06 Mar 2020

Time and again in continental events, the most successful, Brazil added to their list of titles at the 2020 South American Championships in Lima on Thursday 5th March; they struck gold in three of the four events on offer, the one errant title being in the junior girls’ team event when Chile secured the top step of the podium.

Macarena Montecino, Valentina Rios and Jerusalen Flores combined to prevent a Brazilian clean sweep.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Furthermore, they succeeded in style, at the semi-final stage they secured a 3-0 win against Argentina’s Isabella Fragapane, Divina Ding and Florencia Chirino, before recording the same margin of victory in the final when opposing Brazil’s Laura Watanabe, Lhays Stolarski and Livia Lima.

In the counterpart semi-final with no changes to the selection, Brazil had posted a 3-1 success in opposition to Colombia’s Manuela Echeverry, Alejandra Alzate and Juliana Rodriguez.

Close decision

Silver for Brazil, in the remaining events it was gold but only just. At the semi-final stage selecting Diogo Silva, Kenzo Carmo and Shim Joon were extended the full five match distance by Argentina’s Matias Velarde, Matias Guadalupe and Lautoro Sato.

Hero of the hour was Kenzo Carmo, after in the second match of the fixture beating Matias Guadalupe (11-8, 11-6, 11-7), in the decisive fifth encounter of the engagement, he recovered from a two games to nil deficit and the brink of defeat in the third, to overcome Matias Velarde (8-11, 7-11, 12-10, 11-8, 11-9). The one further win for the Brazilians was recorded in the fourth match of the fixture when Diogo Silva narrowly beat Matias Guadalupe (12-14, 8-11, 11-3, 11-4, 11-5).

Kenzo Carmo, the Brazilian hero (Photo: courtesy of 2020 South American Junior & Cadet Championships)


A place in the final, a 3-1 margin of victory was the outcome against Peru’s Carlos Fernandez, Adolfo Cucho and Adrian Rubinos. In the adjacent half of the draw, Peru has posted a 3-1 win against the Chilean combination of Eusebio Vos, Jeremias Paredes and Matias Pedraza.

Less dramatic

Hard earned success it was same in the cadet boys’ team event but not so dramatic. After recording a 3-0 penultimate round success against Argentina’s Alan Weiss, Nicolas Callaba and Ignacio Jaimovich, the same three players on duty in the guise of Leonardo Ilzuka, Nicolas Nishimura and Augusto Saki, a 3-1 win against Ecuador’s Diego Piguave, Jeremy Cedeño and Joseph Vasquez secured the title.

Silver was the colour of the medal for Diego Piguave (Photo: courtesy of 2020 South American Junior & Cadet Championships)


Earlier in the penultimate round, Ecuador had gained a 3-2 win in opposition to Peru’s Rodrigo Vigo, Eduardo Mendoza and Renzo Zeballos; the player to cause the Ecuadorian problems was Rodrigo Vigo, he beat both Diego Piguave (14-12, 11-7, 11-9) and Jeremy Cedeño (13-11, 7-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7).

Standards maintained

Impressive performances; in the cadet girls’ team event, standards were maintained.

Selecting Giulia Takahashi, Beatrix Kanashiro and Victoria Strassburger, at the semi-final stage, a 3-0 win was posted against Peru’s Cecilia Zea, Andrea Becerra and Karla Mendoza, before with Karina Shiray replacing Victoria Strassburger a 3-1 margin of victory was the result in the final when opposing Chile’s Fernanda Araneda, Constanza Mesas and Romina Barrientos.

Gold for Kristina Shiray in the cadet girls’ team event (Photo: courtesy of 2020 South American Junior & Cadet Championships)


One fixture earlier, with Sofia Perez on duty as opposed to Romina Barrientos, a 3-0 success had been the outcome against Colombia’s Maria Monroy, Juliana Lozada and Mariana Ruiz.

Attention now turns to the individual events.

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