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A Good Morning for Puerto Rican Girls in Guadalajara
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor

Jerica Marrero performed arguably the recovery of the whole tournament to beat Ana Codina  05/31/2011

05/31/2011        Photo By: Gabriel Munguia

It was success for Puerto Rico, success for Jerica Marrero and Carelyn Cordero, as they booked places in the Women’s Singles event at the Pan American Games on the morning of Tuesday 31st May 2011 in Guadalajara.

Following success against Andrea Hoppert of Honduras one day earlier (11-7, 12-10, 11-8, 9-11, 11-3), Jerica Marrero became involved in two titanic struggles to book her place in the main draw.

She overcame Trinidad and Tobago’s Rheann Chung (4-11, 11-6, 12-14, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-9) before recovering from a three games to nil deficit to overcome Argentina´s Ana Codina (9-11, 11-13, 3-11, 11-9, 11,7, 11-8, 11-8).

Down and Out
Against Ana Codina, Jerica Mareno appeared down and out; in the fourth game she trailed but reduced the arrears to 6-7, the Argentine camp called “Time Out”.

It proved be the pause that changed the complexion of the contest.
Jerica Marrero recovered, she won the game and then gained in confidence as the match progressed; poor Ana Codina was left to reflect a missed opportunity.

Thinking Astray
“In those first two games I was thinking more about qualifying for the Pan American Games than playing table tennis”, said Jerica Marrero. “After the Time Out in the fourth game I tried to relax; I tried to serve short and to control the play from my backhand by blocking the ball.”

Second Close Contest
It was the second nail-biting duel of the morning for Jerica Marero who been forced to recover from a three games to one deficit one round earlier against Rheann Chung.

“I was nervous against her”, smiled a relieved Jerica Marrero. “I really felt the pressure.”

Felt Pressure
Equally, Carelyn Cordero confessed she felt the pressure.

Having beaten Angie Araya of Costa Rica the previous day (11-8, 11-7, 11-9, 7-11, 11-5) she overcame Argentina’s Paula Fukuhara (11-4, 11-7, 11-7, 9-11, 4-11, 11-7) and Kim Hae Ja (11-7, 5-11, 11-7, 4-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-5) to book her place in the Pan American Games.

“I was nervous before the match against Kim Hae Ja”, admitted Carelyn Cordero. “She is one of the few defensive players in the whole tournament; it was difficult to read the spin on the ball and really hard to find a rhythm.”

Difficult but both Jerrica Marrero and Carelyn Cordero succeeded, it was a good morning for Puerto Rico.



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