Bruna Takahashi advances to the quarterfinals of the WTT Contender de Lima



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Bruna Takahashi is Brazil in the Peruvian capital. The Brazilian, number 19 in the world, made a great showing this Friday (17) and managed to qualify for the quarterfinals of the WTT Contender Lima, being then the last green and yellow representative remaining in the competition. The day also had Hugo Calderano and two female duos saying goodbye to the tournament.

Bruna’s game in the round of 16 took place against Japanese Sakura Mori (90th in the world ranking), in which the Brazilian got a 3-1 comeback to take the win. Qualified, the paulista faces the North American Lily Zhang (43rd) in the quarterfinals, this Saturday, which will still have the disputes of the semifinals. The title decision is scheduled for Sunday. Times have not yet been announced by the event organizers.

The duel against the Japanese started with a lot of balance, which was maintained during part of the partial. Bruna only had a moment of leadership in the set, which was won by the Asian by 11 to 9.

Afterwards, the story was different. The Brazilian returned to the overwhelming table, broke several serves by the Japanese and ended the partial with seven points away from the opponent: 11 to 4 for Bruna.

The third set was the tightest of the entire game. With both athletes breaking the opponent’s serve on several occasions, the duel lasted longer than usual. Bruna needed 13 points to win the set, which ended 13-11.

In the fourth quarter, Takahashi stayed ahead for most of the game, with plenty of serve variations. The Brazilian took control of the shares and effectively achieved victory by closing the set at 11-8, securing her place in the quarterfinals in Lima.

Calderano loses to South Korean

Hugo Calderano (4th) had a tough time in the men’s singles round of 16: Dongsoo Kang, an athlete who has been returning to the Table Tennis World Tour since 2019. With his defensive style, the South Korean surprised the number 1 seed in the table. tournament and eliminated him by winning 3-1.

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The first half was pretty fierce from start to finish. Hugo Calderano found Kang’s style of play strange and had a hard time imposing his signature attacks on the table. Faced with this, the Asian ended up closing the game inaugural by 11 to 9.

In the second set, Calderano picked up the pace of the opponent and even had an advantage of 7 to 4, but the South Korean tied at 8 to 8 and, later, returned to apply 11 to 9 in the Brazilian.

Having to win the next three sets, Hugo changed his strategy and forced the attack of the defensive opponent. Tactic that made him take the lead. However, the South Korean had some “shells” and again complicated the game for the Brazilian. Calderano reached three set point chances, but missed two. After a timeout, the Brazilian closed the partial: 11 to 9.

Kang had a great start to the fourth set, opening 5-0 in the partial. Still counting on some mistakes from the Brazilian and with good variations from the Asian, the advantage was managed until the end, in which the South Korean triumphed by 11 to 4 in the game and 3-1 in the match.

Brazilian duos say goodbye in Lima

Brazil also had representatives in action at the women’s doubles tournament this Friday. Laura Watanabe and Giulia Takahashi played for the quarter-finals of the competition, but were bested by Taiwan’s Cheng Hsien-Tzu and Huang Yu-Wen. The Asians won by 3 sets to 0, with partials of 11/8, 11/9 and 11/7.

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The other Brazilian duo, formed by Bruna Takahashi and Caroline Kumahara, also fell to Japan’s Asuka Sasao and Sakura Mori by 3-1 (6/11, 11/9, 7/11 and 12/14).

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