07 Nov 2021

A long journey but most worthwhile, India’s Manush Utpalbhai Shah and Reeth Tennison won the respective men’s singles and women’s singles titles at the 2021 ITTF Ecuador International Open on Saturday 6th November.

Gold for India, there were also titles for Mexico; Arantxa Cossio and Clio Barcenas emerged the women’s doubles champions. Immediately following Dario Arce and Juan Jesus Gomez won the men’s doubles event.

by Ian Marshall

Notably, Mexico departed the most successful nation on duty; the previous day Juan Jesus Gomez and Arantxa Cossio had secured the mixed doubles title accounting for colleagues Dario Arce and Clio Barcenas in the final (11-8, 6-11, 11-5, 11-8).

Moreover, on the concluding day of play, they proved more than worthy opponents for Indian opposition, a nation enjoying halcyon days, enjoying outstanding success at recent World Table Tennis tournaments.

In the men’s singles event, at the semi-final stage Dario Arce stretched Manush Utpalbhai Shah to the limit (11-6, 9-11, 9-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-13, 11-3), before in the final Juan Jesus Gomez extended the champion elect to five games (11-7, 11-9, 11-13, 11-7, 11-9).

Perhaps it was just one match too far for Juan Jesus Gomez, his only defeat in the whole tournament.

Earlier in the day he had prevailed in a titanic seven games duel against Ecuador’s Rodrigo Tapia (7-11, 14-12, 8-11, 11-8, 6-11, 13-11, 11-9), prior to partnering Dario Arce success in men’s doubles final when facing Manush Utpalbhai Shah and compatriot Sanil Shetty (11-7, 4-11, 3-11, 11-9, 11-8).

Dario Arce and Juan Jesus Gomez, the men’s doubles champions (Photo: courtesy of the Ecuador Table Tennis Federation)


Similar experience

Meanwhile, for Clio Barcenas it was a somewhat similar experience when confronting Indian opposition.

She was beaten by Ankita Das at the semi-final stage of the women’s singles event (13-11, 11-2, 11-6, 13-11), before later in the day combining with Arantxa Cossio to overcome Ankita Das and Reeth Tennison to claim women’s singles gold (11-4, 6-11, 11-7, 15-13).

Arantxa Cossio and Clio Barcenas, the women’s doubles winners (Photo: courtesy of the Ecuador Table Tennis Federation)



Success against Ankita Das and Reeth Tennison was no mean feat; they emerged the women’s singles finalists.

At the semi-final stage Reeth Tennison ended the hopes of the host nation’s Nathaly Paredes (11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-7, 11-4), prior to overcoming her colleague to seal the top prize (6-11, 11-4, 11-6, 16-18, 11-1, 11-6).

Reeth Tennison, the women’s singles winner (Photo: courtesy of the Ecuador Table Tennis Federation)



Focus on Lima

Eyes in the continent now turn towards the Peruvian capital of Lima.

The seven day ITTF Pan American Championships commence on Saturday 13th November; a tournament with a special significance, six men’s teams and six women’s teams will qualify for the 2022 World Team Championships in Chengdu.

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