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  • 25Mar

    Brazil captured both the Men’s and Women’s Doubles titles at the
    Latin American Championships in San Salvador on Monday 23rd March 2009
    with experience a key factor in the successes.

    Certainly that
    was the situation in the Men’s Doubles final, where Hugo Hoyama and
    Cazuo Matsumoto defeated surprise finalists, Ecuador’s Alberto Miño and
    Dino Suarez.

    Both are in their first year out of the junior ranks.
    Meanwhile, in the Women’s Doubles final the experience of Mariany
    Nonaka and Ligia Silva told; at the final hurdle they overcame
    compatriots Carina Murashige and Jessica Yamada, like the Ecuadorians,
    players who are finding their feet in the senior international arena.

    Tested
    Victory
    for Hoyama and Matsumoto but they were tested; they experienced few
    problems en route to the semi-finals but at that stage they had to draw
    deep into their reserves of know-how to secure victory.

    They were extended the full five games distance by Argentina’s Rodrigo Gilabert and Diego Temperley.

    Revelation
    However, the revelation in the Men’s Doubles event was the performance of Alberto Miño and Dino Suarez.

    Guided
    Gustavo Ulloa, Ecuador’s head coach, the two young men from Guayaquil
    displayed a splendid attitude, their second round win over second seeds
    Argentina’s Gaston Alto and Pablo Tabachnik being of particular note.

    Both
    Alberto Miño and Dino Suarez performed well in the team event, they are
    young players and they have set an example; give youth a chance and
    they may well surprise you. In San Salvador Alberto Miño and Dino
    Suarez did just that.

    Familiar Names
    Alas,
    many of the names on duty are of players who have been there for years,
    no doubt they have earned their place but I see too many young
    absentees; some players who have benefited from the ITTF Global Junior
    Programme are not present.

    Surely it is time for a re-think of selection policies in some Latin American countries?

    Similar Vein
    In
    similar vein to Alberto Miño and Dino Suarez, the fact that young
    players were seen in the Women’s Doubles final is a great boost for
    table tennis in Brazil; certainly pairing the more experienced Carina
    Murashige with the teenager Jessica Yamada was a shrewd move by the
    Brazilian coaches.

    They rewarded the faith displayed; in the
    semi-finals, they ousted the no.2 seeds, the much more experienced
    Chileans, Berta Rodriguez and Paulina Vega.

    Threatened
    At
    the end of the day, compatriots Ligia Silva and Mariany Nonaka proved
    that degree too consistent but the duel went the full distance and it
    was the only occasion that the champions elect were seriously
    threatened.

    Furthermore, the pair they beat in the semi-finals
    had the element of youth; they overcame Colombia’s Paula Medina and
    Aura Ocampo at the penultimate stage.

    Source: www.ittf.com

    Posted by ttfan @ 8:43 am

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