04 Nov 2021

Proceedings in the initial stage of the men’s singles event at the 2021 ITTF Ecuador International Open in Cuenca concluded on Wednesday 3rd November; notably Jeremy Cedeño, Geovanny Coello and John Espinoza gave the host nation reason to celebrate.

Alongside, Peru’s Moises Duffoo and Rodrigo Vigo, in addition to Guyana’s Shemar Britton, Mexico’s Juan Jesus Gomez and Puerto Rico’s Derek Valentin, the trio reserved quarter-final places.

by Ian Marshall

A qualification schedule in which players finishing in first and second positions in each of three groups advanced directly to the quarter-finals, the two further places being decided by a preliminary round involving the remaining players, Geovanny Coello and Juan Jesus Gomez were very much the players in form.

They emulated Shemar Britton who, the previous day, had completed the group phase unbeaten.

Concluding initial stage contests

Geovanny Coello accounted for Moises Duffoo (11-4, 11-6, 11-4, 12-14, 11-9) in his final initial phase contest, in a more exacting engagemnent, Juan Jesus Gomez overcame Jeremy Cedeño (12-10, 11-8, 11-4, 8-11, 8-11, 9-11, 11-4) to achieve the same feat.

“It was very hard, very difficult playing at high altitude. I think that affected my game” Moises Duffoo

Defeats for Moises Duffoo and Jeremy Cedeño but both recovered, both enjoyed preliminary round success.

Testing time for Moises Duffoo but eventually a main draw place (Photo: courtesy of the Ecuador Table Tennis Federation)


Moises Duffoo beat Ecuador’s Paul Ponce (11-9, 11-5, 6-11, 12-10, 11-7); Jeremy Cedeño accounted for Puerto Rico’s Yadier Lopez (11-8, 11-5, 5-11, 10-12, 11-4, 11-8).

Second places

Meanwhile, for John Espinosa, Derek Valentin and Rodrigo Vigo second positions were assured following a successful conclusion to their group phase matches.

Rodrigo Vigo beat Paul Ponce (11-7, 11-8, 11-6, 11-3), John Espinosa accounted Yadir Lopez (9-11, 11-2, 11-4, 11-8, 11-8); Derek Valentin gained a walk-over when duo to face the absent Julio Li of Peru.

“I am very happy for enter main draw. I think that I have played very well”, Derek Valentin

Derek Valentin, flying the flag for Puerto Rico (Photo: courtesy of Ecuador Table Tennis Federation)


Play in the main draw in all five events – men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, mixed doubles – now commences.

Matters conclude on Saturday 6th November.

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