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Chung gets Pan Am festival bronze
Top T&T women’s player, France-based Rheann Chung had to settle for the bronze medal after losing in the Women’s Open Singles semifinal of the Pan American Sport Festival Table-Tennis Tournament at the National Centre for Talent Development and High Performance Sports in Mexico City, yesterday.
The 26-year-old Chung, a five-time Caribbean singles champion did not go out without a fight though as she stretched Puerto Rican Adriana Diaz to seven sets, before losing 8-11, 7-11, 11-3, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8, 5-11 while Mexico’s Yadira Silva defeated Cuban, Leisy Jimenez 11-3, 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 in the other final-four encounter of the tournament which concluded last night.
When the tournament resumed yesterday morning with round-of-32 play, Chung battled past El Salvadorean De Ying Wang, 11-9, 11-2, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5 and then brushed aside Guyana’s Trenace Lowe 11-5, 11-1, 11-5, 11-6 in the last-16 followed by an upset of second ranked Brazilian Bruna Takahashi in seven testing sets, 11-6, 8-11, 11-4, 6-11, 12-10, 12-14, 11-4 in her quarterfinal.
On Saturday, the sixth seeded Chung defeated Colombian Paloma Sarmiento 11–9, 11–7, 11–6 after she was taken the distance by Canadian Alicia Cote, 5–11, 11–6, 6–11, 11–4, 12–10 in her Group Six qualifying series.
However Chung team-mates, ten-time national champion and Ashley Quashie did not get past their round-robin groups.
Edwards was beaten in her Group Four curtain raiser 5–11, 7–11, 7–11 by Chile’s Paulina Vega and also by Dominican Republic’s Lineth Vila 10-12, 11-8, 6-11, 4-11. Quashie bowed to Brazilian Bruna Alexandre 8-11, 8-11, 8-11 and with a place in the main draw up for grabs she let a 2-0 sets lead slip against Peru’s Gabriela Soto, in an 11-8, 11-8, 3-11, 6-11, 6-11 loss.
Chung’s step-father, 46-year-old Dexter St Louis, also a five-time Caribbean singles champ, was ousted at the last-16 hurdle, losing 9-11, 3-11, 5-11, 9-11 by 36th ranked Andy Pereira of Cuba.
On Saturday, St Louis, seeded fifth, swept past Venezuelan, Marcos Rosas, 11–9, 11–8, 11–3 and Jamaica Ryan Peters, 11–9, 11–3, 11–4 in his Group Five matches to reach the main draw knockout stage where he was handed a round-of-32 bye.
Fellow national player, Curtis Humphreys was stopped at the round of 32, going under to Guatemalan Heber Moscoso 4-11, 5-11, 8-11, 10-12.
In his Group Seven round-robin series, Humphreys went under to Argentine, Pablo Tabachnik, 10–12, 5–11, 9–11 but took second spot via his come-from-behind 8-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4 win over Barbadian Kristian Doughty.
T&T’s other entrant in the men’s singles competition, Aaron Wilson was beaten in both his Group Two matches, first by Brazilian Vitor Ishiy, 9–11, 2–11, 4–11 and then Costa Rica’s Jeison Martinez, 5-11, 8-11, 10-12.
In the men’s doubles, St Louis and Humphreys brushed aside Tyrese Knight and Marcus Smith of Barbados 11-5, 11-4, 11-6 in the round-of-16, before losing in the quarterfinals to Argentine’s Gaston Alto and abachnik 5-11, 4-11, 7-11. In the women’s doubles Chung and Quashie were dumped by Canada’s Alicia Cote and Michelle Liaw 11-9, 6-11, 8-11, 11-5, 9-11.
On Thursday, the T&T men ended bottom of their round-robin Group Two series after losing to Canada and the Dominican Republic, both by 3–1 margins.
The local women’s team also suffered 1–3 losses against Brazil and Guatemala with St Louis and Chung getting both wins in each category.