Busy day in Buenos Aires, men create upheaval
Contrary to expectations, Cuban Yunier Fernandez proved to be the name of note on the opening day of the ITTF Copa Tango in Buenos Aires; a day later, on Saturday July 9, Brazilians Fabio Silva and Paulo Henrique, alongside Chileans Cristian Gonzalez and Manuel Echaveguren, followed suit.
All have upset the order of merit, all have emerged as surprise winners.
In men’s singles class 3, Fabio Silva represented Argentinian Maximiliano Medina, seeded number 1 (11-7, 11-2, 11-6), before winning the title at the expense of Brazilian Jean Carlos Padilha (11- 3, 13-11, 11-5).
Success against the leader on duty, for Paulo Henriques it was the same but one lap later; in the class 7 men’s singles final, he beat his colleague Paulo Salmin (11-8, 6-11, 11-5, 11-6).
Impressive performances, it was no different for Cristian Gonzalez. He counted for his compatriot Maximiliano Rodriguez (13-11, 11-6, 11-4) and the Brazilian Eziquiel Babes (13-11, 11-6, 12-10), the latter winner of the penultimate round against to his teammate Alexandre Ank, seeded (11-5, 11-2, 9-11, 11-6).
Likewise, Manuel Echaveguren took advantage of the disappearance of the top seed. He beat Brazilian duo Carlos Carbinatti (11-3, 4-11, 12-10, 11-8) and Claudio Massad (11-5, 4-11, 11-5, 7-11, 11-8) at the semi-finals and the final respectively. The day before, host nation Javier Russo, the number one seed, had finished third in his group and failed to qualify for the main draw.
Meanwhile, in the other men’s singles events, it was gold for the top seeds. The Chilean Luis Bustamente (class 2) justified his exalted position in the draw, as did the Argentinians Elias Romero (class 5) and Alejandro Perez (class 8).
In the same vein, the Briton Paul Karabardak (class 8) and the Brazilian Lucas Carvalho (class 9) reserved the first prize.
Unexpected winners in men’s singles, not in women’s singles; all three events were won by the top seeds, all three by Brazilians.
Thais Severo (class 2-5), Sophia Kelmer (class 7-8) and Bruna Alexandre (class 9-10) emerged victorious.
The men’s doubles, women’s doubles and mixed doubles events now continue; the game ends on Sunday, July 10.