Hugo Calderano beats Alexis Lebrun and wins WTT Contender de Tunis



Hugo Calderano with his powerful backhand (Photo: Disclosure/WTT)

Hugo Calderano is champion of the WTT Contender de Tunis! After an impeccable campaign, the Brazilian defeated French promise Alexis Lebrun by 4 sets to 1 (11/7, 11/6, 11/7, 10/12 and 11/3) in the grand final, played this Saturday morning (06). ). This is his second title on the new Table Tennis World Tour.

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Sixth place in the world ranking, Hugo Calderano entered the WTT Contender in Tunis as the number 2 seed. Before reaching the final, he beat four opponents, all Asian, and without losing a set. The Brazilian had defeated Taiwanese Chen Chien-An (116th), Chinese Liu Dingsho (47th), Taiwanese Liao Cheng-Ting (102nd) and South Korean Jang Woojin (31st).

Alexis Lebrun, on the other hand, did not arrive at the WTT Contender in Tunis as one of the great favorites for the title. At just 18 years old and in 37th place in the world rankings, he gained strength throughout the competition, winning his matches with authority. He was even responsible for eliminating Japan’s Tomokazu Harimoto, number 4 in the world, by 3 sets to 0, still in the round of 16.

Alexis Lebrun WTT Contender from Tunis
Alexis Lebrun vibrates with victory at the WTT Contender in Tunis (Photo: WTT)

In addition to all these ingredients, the fact that Calderano and Lebrun had already faced each other in May of this year, at the Brazil vs France Table Tennis Challenge, played in Rio de Janeiro. On the occasion, the Brazilian got the better after a game and got the victory by 3 sets to 2.

the grand finale

As expected, the decision of the WTT Contender Tunis started well balanced. Common backhand potent, Calderano opened the gap in the middle of the first set and stayed ahead until it closed at 11 to 7. In the second half, the Frenchman started better and opened 3 to 1. However, Hugo soon reacted, scoring seven points in a row to make 8 to 4, managed the advantage and won the set by 11 to 6.

Hugo Calderano WTT table tennis Contender de Tunis
Hugo Calderano in action in Tunisia (Photo: WTT)

As in the previous partial, Lebrun started better in the third set, but Calderano reacted. The Frenchman scored 5-2 and the Brazilian equalized, which forced the young European to ask for a time-out. It was no use. Lebrun seemed to have sensed the power of the Brazilian and made several mistakes. Calderano took advantage and closed the set at 11 to 7.

The fourth set was the most balanced. After exchanging points, Calderano opened up a 9-6 lead, but Lebrun equalized. The Brazilian still had a match point and the Frenchman scored three points in a row to close at 12-10. Calderano didn’t get discouraged with his first set lost in the competition and came back with everything for the fifth partial. Impeccably, he opened from the start and closed at 11-3.

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Second title on the circuit

This is Hugo Calderano’s second title on the new World Table Tennis Tour (WTT), implemented in 2021. In September last year, just after the Tokyo Olympics, the Brazilian won the WTT Star Contender in Doha after beating Slovenian Darko Jorgic in the final. During this almost a year after the conquest, Hugo, now 26 years old, reached the third place in the world ranking, the best position of an athlete in the Americas in history.

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