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Thu, Aug

- TEAM TTO THRIVE - 

France-based top T&T women's table tennis player, Rheann Chung earned a ticket to this summer's Pan American Games Table Tennis Tournament when she qualified on the third attempt at the Latin American Table Tennis Union and North American Table Tennis Union Qualifying Tournament for the Pan American Games in Guatemala City, Guatemala, yesterday.

TABLE TENNIS

France-based top T&T women's ta­ble ten­nis play­er, Rheann Chung earned a tick­et to this sum­mer's Pan Amer­i­can Games Ta­ble Ten­nis Tour­na­ment when she qual­i­fied on the third at­tempt at the Latin Amer­i­can Ta­ble Ten­nis Union and North Amer­i­can Ta­ble Ten­nis Union Qual­i­fy­ing Tour­na­ment for the Pan Amer­i­can Games in Guatemala City, Guatemala, yes­ter­day.

An emo­tion­al Chung, a five-time Caribbean women's cham­pi­on, who is still reel­ing from the pass­ing of her step-fa­ther and men­tor, for­mer na­tion­al and five-time Caribbean men's sin­gles cham­pi­on Dex­ter St Louis re­cent­ly, out­classed Cos­ta Ri­can Fiorel­la Val­le­cil­lo 11-4, 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 in the round-of-16 fol­lowed by an 11-5, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 whip­ping of Paraguay's Lucero Over­lar in the quar­ter­fi­nals.

With one of two spots at stake for the Pan Amer­i­can Games card­ed for Li­ma Pe­ru in Ju­ly/Au­gust at stake, Chung then brushed aside Guyana's Tre­nace Lowe 11-4, 8-11, 11-5, 11-2, 11-9.

In the oth­er half of the draw, two-time T&T na­tion­al women's cham­pi­on, Brit­tany Joseph beat Hon­duran, Re­bec­ca Ayestas 8-11, 11-7, 9-11, 11-3, 11-8, 9-11, 15-13 but was then oust­ed by Paraguay's Ley­la Gomez 3-11, 7-11, 7-11, 4-11.

Joseph then con­test­ed the play­offs for fifth to the sixth spot, beat­ing Bar­ba­di­an, An­thonette Ri­ley 11-6, 11-1, 11-5, 11-4 on­ly to fall to Paraguay's Over­lar, 6-11, 8-11, 4-11, 6-11.

Among the men, T&T duo, Aaron Wil­son, the na­tion­al cham­pi­on and Cur­tis Humphreys, both failed in their at­tempt to qual­i­fy.

In the first knock­out com­pe­ti­tion, France-based Rheann Chung was beat­en by Ley­la Gomez of Paraguay 8-11, 11-9, 8-11, 5-11, 16-18 while two-time T&T na­tion­al women's cham­pi­on, Brit­tany Joseph was beat­en in her first match by Ecuadore­an Myle­na Plaza 12-10, 9-11, 8-11, 8-11, 8-11.

On the men's side, Cur­tis Humphrey was beat­en by Cos­ta Ri­can Mauri­cio An­gu­lo 1-11, 11-9, 8-11, 8-11, 10-12, 4-11, 1-11 and Aaron Wil­son was hum­bled by Venezue­lan Ce­cil­lio Cor­rea 5-11, 11-8, 6-11, 5-11, 9-11, both in the last-16.

In the sec­ond knock­out com­pe­ti­tion, Chung start­ed with an 11-9, 11-7, 10-12, 11-5, 8-11, 11-7 win against Hon­duran Re­bec­ca Ayestas but then suf­fered a shock 0-11, 11-5, 10-12, 11-7, 11-8, 4-11 loss to Guyanese ri­val, Chelsea Ed­hgill in the quar­ter­fi­nal stage.

Mean­while, Joseph did not get past her open­ing match, los­ing 5-11, 5-11, 7-11, 5-11 to Venezue­lan Ner­idee Ni­no.

Wil­son was stopped by Guatemalan Hec­tor Gat­i­ca 7-11, 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 7-11, 5-11 while Humphreys beat Cos­ta Ri­ca's Os­car Ma­ta 5-11, 8-11, 11-13, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5, 13-11 be­fore los­ing to Pana­ma's Omer Avi-Tal, 4-11, 5-11, 6-11, 11-8, 6-11.

And in the third knock­out se­ries, Wil­son de­feat­ed Haiti's Rafael Neposiano 11-4, 11-5, 11-1, 8-11, 11-8 but was then halt­ed by Venezuela's Mar­co Navas 11-9, 5-11, 8-11, 9-11, 7-11 while Humphreys came up short against Avi-Tal, 10-12, 5-11, 11-5, 14-12, 6-11, 6-11.

nigel.si­mon@guardian.co.tt

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