The Cuban teams of table tennis They did not let up their rivals and won the two collective titles this Saturday in the Caribbean Table Tennis Championships, held in Georgetown, Guyana.
The teams from the island defeated their counterparts from Puerto Rico in the team finals for both sexes, successes classified as “resounding” by the Cuban sports press.
The girls beat the Puerto Ricans 3-0, who did not have the stellar Adriana Díaz in their ranks, although they did have other “well-seasoned players in international competitions,” such as Adriana’s sister, Melanie Díaz, according to review the digital site Hit.
Daniela Fonseca, Idalis Lovet, Lizdainet Rodríguez and Estela Crespo were part of the winning team, who previously led their elimination group with shutouts over the Dominican Republic and Trinidad and Tobago, and then in the same way they did not concede in any match against Guyana, reports the outlet.
Scepters and tickets in the Caribbean tournament of #Tennis table
The teams completed the harvest of six titles and eight medals in total. #Cuba #TABLETENNIS https://t.co/YeWEAqYNbV pic.twitter.com/fviR3rDHyT
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In this way, the Cubans also obtained tickets for the Santiago 2023 Pan American Games, places that their compatriots also reached in the men’s competition.
The experienced Andy Pereira and Jorge Moisés Campos, together with the young Adrián Pérez, swept Suriname and Guyana 3-0 in their knockout bracket and then did not allow Barbados any liberties in the semifinals.
Only against Puerto Rico, in the title discussion, Pérez gave way in a match against the most experienced to Ángel Naranjo, but this did not prevent the Cuban team from consecrating itself as Caribbean champion.
The collective crowns were added to the individual titles won a few days ago by Andy Pereira and Daniela Fonseca, as well as the gold medals for the male and female couples.
The Cuban athletes also achieved a silver and a bronze, and added points for the international ranking. In addition, they reached the quotas for the Pan American Games in Santiago de Chile, which join those already insured for the Central American and Caribbean Games in San Salvador 2023.