by Ian Marshall, Editor

One day earlier, Panama’s Jacobo Vahnish had beaten Peru’s Carlos Fernandez in the final of the Boys’ Singles event (11-8, 5-11, 6-11, 11-5, 15-13); having reached the final both gained selection.

Similarly Brazil’s Giulia Takahashi and Mexico’s Arantxa Cossion Aceves had contested the Girls’ Singles final. Thus they were automatically selected; Giulia Takahashi emerging as the champion (11-6, 11-5, 11-6).

Therefore, two places were on offer to complete the four members of each of team; the quarter-finalists in each of the Boys’ Singles and Girls’ Singles events, the previous day were called to order but with one added proviso. A national association is only permitted one player in each team.

Two knock-out tournaments were staged; the national association with the greatest reason to celebrate was Puerto Rico, both Angel Naranjo and Brianna Burgos reserved their places.

Angel Naranjo won the first Boys’ Singles knock-out event; after accounting for Argentina’s Lautaro Sato (11-5, 11-4, 11-9), he beat Chile’s Jeremias Paredes (11-4, 13-15, 11-4, 12-10) to reserve his team place.

Somewhat differently for Brianna Burgos, in the Girls’ Singles event, in the first knock-out tournament, she had reached the final, losing to Colombia’s Juliana Rodriguez (11-3, 11-3, 9-11, 11-6), the narrow winner in the previous round against Chile’s Macarena Montecino (11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 7-11, 11-9).

A second chance for both Brianna Burgos and Macarena Montecino; the Puerto Rican seized the opportunity. She beat Macarena Montecino in a contest that was closer than the straight games score line may suggest; each game decided by the minimal two point margin (11-9, 12-10, 11-9).

Places for Colombia and Puerto Rico; there was also success for the hosts; Alfredo Sanchez brought tears of joy to Costa Rican eyes.

In the second Boys’ Singles event, in dramatic fashion he beat Lautaro Sato in five games (11-6, 9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5), before by the very narrowest of margins booking his team place courtesy of success against Chile’s Jeremias Paredes (11-3, 11-4, 9-11, 9-11, 16-14).

Notably Puerto Rico is the one national association represented in both Latin American Boys’ Team and Girls’ Team.

Full Results

2018 Latin American Team (ITTF Cadet Challenge Selection): Cadet Boys’ Singles – Results – Event No.1 (Sunday 12th August)

2018 Latin American Team (ITTF Cadet Challenge Selection): Cadet Boys’ Singles – Results – Event No.2 (Sunday 12th August)

2018 Latin American Team (ITTF Cadet Challenge Selection):  Cadet Girls’ Singles – Results – Event No.1 (Sunday 12th August)

2018 Latin American Team (ITTF Cadet Challenge Selection): Cadet Girls’ Singles – Results – Event No.2 (Sunday 12th August)

2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Full Results (Sunday 12th August)

2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Cadet Boys’ Team – Results (Wednesday 8th August)

2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Cadet Boys’ Team – Results – Detail (Wednesday 8th August)

2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Cadet Girls’ Team – Results (Wednesday 8th August)

2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Cadet Girls’ Team – Results – Detail (Wednesday 8th August)

2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Cadet Boys’ Singles – Stage One – Results (Thursday 9th August)

2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Cadet Boys’ Singles – Main Draw – Results (Saturday 11th August)

2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Cadet Girls’ Singles – Stage One – Results (Thursday 9th August)

2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Cadet Girls’ Singles – Main Draw – Results (Saturday 11th August)

2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Cadet Boys’ Doubles – Results (Friday 10th August)

2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Cadet Girls’ Doubles – Results (Friday 10th August)

2018 Latin American Cadet Championships: Cadet Mixed Doubles – Results (Friday 10th August)

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