09 Mar 2020

A total of four titles, a full house, Brazil’s Giulia Takahashi emerged the most successful player on duty, when proceedings closed on Sunday 8th March at the 2020 South American Junior and Cadet Championships in Lima; the perfect record, she remained unbeaten throughout the whole five days of play.

The younger sister of Bruna Takahashi, the 14 year old very much upheld family honour.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Competing in the cadet age group, in the girls’ team event, she had joined forces with Beatrix Kanashiro, Karina Shiray and Victoria Strassburger to claim gold, later she secured the girls’ doubles title in partnership with Beatrix Kanashiro, in addition to partnering Leonardo Ilzuka to mixed doubles success.

On the concluding day of play she continued her winning ways. In the later stages of the cadet girls’ singles event she beat Chile’s Constanza Mesas (11-7, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4) and Colombia’s Juliana Lozada (11-9, 11-5, 11-7), prior to claiming the title at the expense of her doubles partner, Beatrix Kanashiro (11-3, 11-3, 11-3).

The cadet girls’ singles podium (Photo: courtesy of 2020 South American Junior & Cadet Championships)


Earlier, at the quarter-final stage, Beatrix Kanashiro had overcome Ecuador’s Maria Borja (11-8, 7-11, 12-10, 11-3), followed by success in opposition to Chile’s Fernanda Araneda (14-12, 11-8, 10-12, 14-12).

More success for Brazil

Success for Brazil, there was further success; Diogo Silva won the junior boys’ singles title, Leonardo Kenzo emerged the cadet boys’ singles champion.

After accounting for Colombia’s Santiago Montes (11-8, 11-13, 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-4), Diogo Silva overcame colleagues Henrique Noguti (7-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-13, 11-6, 11-7) and Kenzo Carmo (12-10, 9-11, 14-12, 12-10, 11-7) to secure the top prize.

Diogo Silva keeping the pen-hold grip tradition alive (Photo: courtesy of 2020 South American Junior & Cadet Championships)


Notably, in the opposite half of the draw in the same rounds, Kenzo Carmo had beaten Chile’s Jean Parra (11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 11-9, 11-8), followed by success in opposition to Peru’s Carlos Fernandez (11-7, 3-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 5-11, 11-7).

Fine form

Good form from Diogo Silva, it was the same from Leonardo Ilzuka. He secured the cadet boys’ singles title at the expense of Ecuador’s Jeremy Cedeño (13-11, 11-7, 12-14, 11-6). In the immediate previous rounds, Leonardo Ilzuka had accounted for colleague Nicolas Nishimura (8-11, 11-5, 11-2, 11-7), prior to ousting Peru’s Alvaro Chavez (11-9, 11-6, 10-12, 11-8).

Leonardo Ilzuka, the winner of the cadet boys’ singles event (Photo: courtesy of 2020 South American Junior & Cadet Championships)


Meanwhile, in the opposite half of the draw, Jeremy Cedeño had reserved his place in the final courtesy of success against Peru’s Rodrigo Vigo (7-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-3) and Brazil’s Augusto Andrade (11-6, 4-11, 11-6, 11-5).

Gold for Chile

Three titles for Brazil, the one gold medal to escape accrued in junior girls’ singles event.

Valentiina Rios faces Laura Watanabe (nearest camera) in the junior girls’ singles final (Photo: courtesy of 2020 South American Junior & Cadet Championships)


Impressively in the opposite half of the draw, Laura Watanabe had ended Colombian hopes; in the round of the last eight she had ousted Manuela Echevarry (11-6, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9), followed by success in opposition to Alejandra Alzate (11-6, 11-9, 11-8, 12-10).

A break of one day, the 2020 ITTF World Junior Circuit Peru Junior and Cadet Open follows in the same venue in Lima on Tuesday 10th March.


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