Raro event confirms Youth Olympics participants

Monday June 11, 2018 Written by Published in Other Sports

In the last tournament in the Road to Buenos series, Philippines’ Jann Nayre kept his nerve to cause upset after upset on Saturday at the Bluesky Sports Arena.

He accounted for Jordan’s Khaled Khader, the number-three seed, by the very narrowest of seven games margins (15-13, 10-12, 13-11, 11-1, 8-11, 8-11, 14-12), before being involved in an equally close encounter at the semifinal stage when facing Canada’s Jeremy Hazin, the top seed (9-11, 6-11, 11-6, 11-8, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9).

These were both hard-fought, full-distance encounters, and in the final life was only marginally less fraught.

Nayre needed six games to end the hopes of Panama’s Jacobo Vahnish (8-11, 11-4, 5-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-6).

In the opposite half of the draw, at the quarter-final stage, Vahnish had beaten Belgium’s Laurens Devos, the number-two seed (11-8, 11-7, 11-4, 7-11, 4-11, 11-8), prior to ousting Ireland’s Owen Cathcart, the number-six seed (11-7, 11-6, 11-6, 11-8).

One round earlier, Cathcart had accounted for Kazakhstan’s Aidos Kenzhigulov, the number-four seed (11-8, 11-6, 8-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-4).

Meanwhile, for Alice Li Sian Chang, the number-four seed, life was testing but not so dramatic.

She beat Turkey’s Ozge Yilmaz, the number-five seed, in the final, having earlier accounted for Australia’s Michelle Wu, the number-six seed (12-10, 12-10, 7-11, 11-8, 11-7) and Kazakhstan’s Zauresh Akasheva, top seed (11-2, 11-2, 11-8, 6-11, 12-10).

Notably, Yilmaz had reached the final courtesy of success against Iran’s Mahshid Ashtari, the number-three seed (6-11, 11-5, 11-6, 8-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-5) and the non-seeded Jannah Maryam Romero of the Philippines (11-5, 11-7, 11-6, 11-4), very much a player in form.

At the quarter-final stage she had beaten Canada’s Ivy Liao, the number-two seed (9-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9, 11-6).

On Friday, the number-three seed Pang Yew En Koen accounted for Belgium’s Devos in the final of the men’s singles event (4-11, 11-9, 11-8, 3-11, 11-7, 7-11, 11-6) to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games.

India’s Archana Girish Kamath made it through to the event after winning the women’s singles event.

            - ITTF

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