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Hopes Remain Alive for Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Puerto Rico
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Johanna Araque unbeaten for Colombia  05/30/2011

 05/30/2011 Photo By: Enrique Jiménez

Argentina, Colombia, Peru and Puerto Rico are the four women’s teams, for whom hopes of competing in the table tennis events at the Pan American Games in October, remain alive after the first day of the qualification process to decide the two teams who will join the ten already qualified.

On Sunday 29th May 2011, in the group stage of proceedings, Colombia finished in first place in Group One followed by Argentina and Honduras. Meanwhile, in Group Two, Peru concluded the day in first place ahead of Puerto Rico and Barbados.

Honduras and Barbados cannot now qualify for the Women’s Team competition at the Pan American Games.

Clear Cut Results
Represented by Paula Medina, Johana Araque and Luisa Zuluaga, Colombia post three-nil wins against Honduras (Andrea Herrera, Andrea Hoppert, Rebeca Ayestas) and Argentina (Paula Fukuhara, Ana Maria Codina and Kim Hae Ja).

A reverse for Honduras and it was not to be their day. They suffered a three-nil defeat at the hands of Argentina.

Somewhat Different
Convincing results but in the corresponding group matters were somewhat different.

Puerto Rico (Jerica Marrero, Carelyn Cordero, Daniely Rios) and Peru (Maria Soto, Angela Mori, Francesca Vargas) both recorded three-nil wins against Barbados (Angela Reid, Nicole Alleyne, Julia Morris) but when faced with each other it was a tense affair.

Carelyn Cordero’s Efforts in Vain
Carelyn Cordero, who was a semi-finalist in then Junior Girls’ Singles event at the Iraq Junior Open in January, beat both Maria Soto and Francesca Vargas but that was the sum total of Puerto Rican success.

Angela Mori overcame Jerica Marrero and in the last match of the contest Daniely Rios with Francesca Vargas and Maria Soto combining in the third match of the contest to secure the doubles at the hands of Jerica Marrero and Daniely Rios.

In the semi-finals Colombia meets Puerto Rico with Argentina confronting Peru.

The two winning teams qualify to compete in the Women’s Team and Women’s Singles events at the Pan American Games.

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