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Carelyn Cordero leads the Puerto Rican
Junior Girls' Team in Puebla
Photo By: Claudia Venegas
Courtesy of ITTF
Winners of the respective Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ Team titles at the Latin American Junior and Cadet Championships on Wednesday July 11, 2012; Brazil and Puerto Rico, head the seeding at the Mexico Junior and Cadet Open.
Proceedings commence on Tuesday July 17th.
The tournament takes place in the same venue in the town of Puebla as the continental event, the team events take place on the first two days with the final three being earmarked for the individual competitions.
Play concludes on Saturday July 21st.
Leading Junior Teams
Hugo Calderano and Eric Jouti comprise the Brazilian first team outfit in the Junior Boys’ Team event, with the trio of Carelyn Cordero, Daniely Rios and Melanie Diaz forming the Puerto Rican squad in the Junior Girls’ Team competition.
Argentina, with Juan Daher and Pablo Saragovi on duty, occupy the second seeded spot in the Junior Boys’ Team event followed by Brazil ‘B’ led by Vitor Ishiy, the surprise winner of the Junior Boys’ Singles title at the Latin American Junior and Cadet Championships. He is supported by Massao Kohatsu.
Silver Medalists, Fourth Seeds
Chile ‘A’, the runners up in the Junior Boys’ Team event at the Latin American Junior Championships, represented by Gustavo Gomez and Sebastian Roman, are the fourth seeds.
Dominican Republic and Uruguay Combine
In the Junior Girls’ Team competition, the Dominican Republic’s Eva Brito and Uruguay’s Mari-Pia Lorenzotti are the second seeds with Venezuela’s Latin American silver medalists, Gremlis Arvelo and Winberly Montero being the third seeds.
Guatemala ‘A’ with Mabelyn Enriquez and Analdy Lopez in action are the fourth seeds.
Argentina Seeking Repeat Success
Meanwhile, in the Cadet Boys’ Team event, Argentina ‘A’, the recently crowned Latin American champions, with Horacio Cifuentes and Fermin Tenti in action lead the field.
Hong Kong (Hung Ka Tak, Tsoi Ka Wai), Brazil ‘A’ (Erick Yamaguti, Gustavo Yokota, Isaac Zauli) and Brazil ‘B’ (Luis Felipe Mello, Gustavo Nakagome, Gabriel Pereira, Thomas Uno) complete the top four in the Cadet Boys’ Team event.
Third and fourth seeded places in the Cadet Boys’ Team event for Brazil but in the Cadet Girls Team competition, the continent’s largest land mass, has the top seeded spot reserved.
Leticia Nakada and Tathiane Pimentel are the top seeded Brazilians with Venezuela’s Neridee Nino and Josmary Lucena being the second seeds.
Ecuador Links with Peru
Ecuador’s Eunice Galvez joins Peru’s Janina Nieto to form the third seeded outfit with Argentina’s Camila Kaizoji and Candela Molero being the fourth seeds.
An impressive total of 62 teams will be in action on the first two days of play; 18 in the Junior Boys’ Team event, 19 in the Junior Girls’ Team competition, with the Cadet Boys seeing 14 outfits in action and the Cadet Girls witnessing 11 teams in action.
A total of 103 boys and 90 girls representing 14 countries are participating in the five day event.