20 Oct 2021

Players new to the international arena made their presence felt on the second day of action, Wednesday 20th October, at the 2021 ITTF Pan American Under 11 and Under 13 Championships in the Ecuadorian city of Cuenca.

Aspiring talents acclimatised as the quarter-finalists in the under 13 team events were unveiled and in the corresponding under 11 competitions the semi-finalists realised.

by Ian Marshall

In the under 11 boys’ team event, the United States pairing formed by Du Mu and Stanley Hu secured first place in their initial stage group and thus advanced directly to the last eight, a situation that applied also to their colleagues Krish Gandhi and He Xianyao.

Similarly, both Colombia’s Sebastian Bedoya and David Muñoz reserved top place in their group as did Guatemala’s Ian Morales and Carlos Castillo.

Both required to feature in opening round contests, both halted Peruvian hopes. The Colombians recorded a 3-0 win against Luciano Noriega and Diego Takeda, the no.4 seeds; the Guatemalans the same margin of success in opposition to Carlos Blanco and José Perales).

Notable performance from players making their first footsteps in international waters, it was the same for Argentina’s Franco Varela and Agustin Asmu.

Juan Vila, President of ITTF Americas keeps a watchful eye on proceedings (Photo: courtesy of Ecuador Table Tennis Federation)


Second place in their initial stage group behind Puerto Rico’s top seeded Steven Moreno and Enrique Torres, they recorded a 3-1 success against the Dominican Republic’s Dariel del Rosario and Alexander Tejada to reserve their quarter-final place.

Attracting attention

Somewhat similarly, in the under 13 girls’ team event, Colombia’s Luciana Cadavid and Mariana Rodriguez, alongside the United States pairing of Aria Shu and Mandy Yu, pairs not seeded, attracted the attention.

First place in their respective groups, Aria Shu and Mandy Yu, gained a direct entry to the last eight, Luciana Cadavid and Mariana Rodriguez booked their place courtesy of success in opposition to Peru’s Luciana Granados and Isabella Leon.

International debut

Meanwhile, in the under 11 team events, where virtually all players are on international debut, teams finishing in first positions in their group phase contests advanced to the penultimate round.

Colombia’s Emanuel Otalvaro and Juan Pineros face Brazil’s Frederico Martins and Theo Tadima at the semi-final stage of the boys’ competition; in the opposite half of the draw Maxim Mouchinski and Brian Wu of the United States confront Argentina’s Mateo Carranza and Matias Zeniquel.

An under 11 girls’ team semi-final place for Abigail Yu in partnership with Tiana Piyadasa (Photo: courtesy of Ecuador Table Tennis Federation)


The United States prominent; it is even more so in the girls’ team semi-finals. In the top half of the draw Greetha Krishna and Tashiya Piyadasa meet Puerto Rico’s Iana Gonzalez and Naymaris Hernandez; in the opposite half Tiana Piyadara and Abigail Yu face Ecuador’s Karolayn Maldonado and Zarahys Rivadeneira.

Top seeds advance

New names to the fore; however, in the under 13 events, those with some experience of international play, although minimal, advanced to the quarter-finals.

Additional to Puerto Rico’s Steven Moreno and Enrique Torres in the boys’ event, Brazil’s Davi Fujii and Hamilton Yamane, the no.2 seeds, progressed to the quarter-finals as did their colleagues Felipe de Lara and Vicenzo Nakashima.

Progress as anticipated, it was the same for the top four outfits in the girls’ event.

Ecuador’s Nohelia Ortiz and Anie Rubio, the top seeds, reserved their last eight place as did colleagues Maybelline Menendez and Belen Pacheco, the no.2 seeds. Likewise, Lin Yishiuan and Amber Liu, the no.3 seeds, advanced, a situation that applied also to the next in line, the Dominican Republic’s Arianna Estrella and Dafne Sosa.

All team events conclude on Wednesday 20th October.



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