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T&T quintet for Junior & Cadet Open in El Salvador
Luc O’Young and Derron Douglas will spearhead a T&T quintet who will compete in the boy's competition at the El Salvador Junior and Cadet Open International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) Junior Circuit from August 15 to 19.
Douglas, the reigning national Under-15 champion left on Tuesday night to attend a training camp at Lilly Yip Table Tennis Training Centre, in Dunellen, New Jersey, USA for a week and will link up with national Under-18 title-holder O’Young, in Miami, at the end of the training stint before heading over to El Salvador where they will join other players.
Last month, Douglas and O’Young were beaten in their respective Junior Boys Singles last-32 matches at the 2018 Pan American Junior Table Tennis Championship, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Douglas went under to Argentina’s Martin Bentacor 1-11, 10-12, 3-11, 8-11 and O’Young was beaten by USA’s Sharon Alguetti 2-11, 3-11, 3-11, 3-11.
The local duo was also ousted in the first round of the Boys Doubles, 11-9, 9-11, 6-11, 14-16 by Puerto Ricans, Angel Naranjo and Jabdiel Torres.
On Friday, both Douglas and O’Young had qualified from their round-robin singles group as second-placed finishers.
Douglas went under to Canada’s Terrence Yeung 4-11, 6-11, 8-11 in his four-player Group Ten opener.
However, the T&T ace rebounded with wins against Aruban Jean-Claude Hoek 12-10, 10-12, 11-5, 5-11, 11-9 and Brazilian, Sergio Bignardi, 11-5, 8-11, 11-4, 11-9 to end with a 2-1 pool record and second spot to qualify.
O’Young has also defeated in his Group Four opener by Chile’s Andres Martinez 3-11, 9-11, 8-11 but outplayed Dominican Republic’s Noel Almonte 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 in his other match for a 1-1 record and second in his three-player series.
Martinez defeats Almonte 11-8, 11-6, 5-11, 11-8 in the other match.
T&T’s other participant, Javier King did not manage to get out of his Group Eighth four-player pool after defeats at the hands of Uruguay’s Pablo Palou (6-11, 5-11, 7-11); Dominican Republic’s Omar Andujar (5-11, 7-11, 11-9, 7-11), and Canada’s Alexander Bu, (1-11, 5-11, 4-11).
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