Follow Me! ITTF Front       Main Page        Back

TESte222       

To advertise here, please send email to cv@tmsin.com

To advertise here, please send email to cv@tmsin.com

To advertise here, please send email to cv@tmsin.com

Exultation and Exhaustion, at Last Good News for Alex Echavarria
By: Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Editor


Alex Echavarria, a placed reserved in the Men's Singles event at the Pan American Games  05/31/2011

 05/31/2011 Photo By: Armando Sanchez

Colombia’s 26 year old Alex Echavarria sank to the floor; he lay prone in exultation and exhaustion.

In the intense heat of Guadalajara, early in the afternoon of Tuesday 31st May 2011, he had beaten a most worthy opponent in the guise of Puerto Rico’s 17 year old Daniel Gonzalez to book his place in the Men’s Singles event at the Pan American Games to be held in the same city later in the year in October.

He withstood a spirited fight back by the Puerto Rican to win 9-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7, 5-11, 6-11, 12-10.

Tired
“I am so tired”, said Alex Echavarria trying to summon the energy to raise a smile.

He has been on duty from the very first day of proceedings, Monday 23rd May, for Colombia; furthermore, he has been his country’s best player and is well deserving of a place in the Pan American Games.

New Team
“Against both Venezuela and Peru in the ITTF-Latin American Championships I won my two matches and we lost three-two”, reflected Alex Echavarria. “We have a new team here in Guadaljara; Juan Restrepo has stopped playing and Mauricio Rivera who used to be a regular member of our team is now only the ninth ranked player in Colombia.”

Very much the Julian Arango and Jaime Valenciano, the other two members of the Colombian Men’s Team in Guadalajara, look towards Alex Echavarria as the team leader. He is the most experienced player having spent time in England at the London Progress Club and in Germany in Leipzig.

Fighting
“I know I must lead the team and I must fight, today is was so tough, I just had to keep going”, continued Alex Echavarria. “Against Daniel I went ahead three-one then I felt the pressure; he changed his tactics, he played well; it’s the first time I have ever played him, cedrtainly he is a good player.

It was a fine contest and if such matches exist, one where no-one deserved to lose; both gave total commitment.

Similar Altitude
“Now, I’m back home in Medellin”, concluded Alex Echavarria. “Medellin is similar in altitude to here so perhaps that’s helped and made the difference.”

On the previous day, Alex Echavarria, the no.4 seed in the event, had beaten Uruguay’s Jhon Hirata (11-8, 11-8, 11-4, 4-11, 11-5) before ousting Paraguay’s Alejandro Toranzos (11-6, 11-2, 11-8, 11-4); one day later he overcame Peru’s Bryan Blas (11-9, 11-7, 12-10, 11-9) before succeeding in his dramatic struggle against Daniel Gonzalez.

A Class Above
Success for Alex Echavarria and also there was success for Paraguay’s Marcelo Aguirre who was never seriously troubled at any stage of the event.

Seeded no.1 he overcame Panama’s Felipe Leon (11-4, 11-5, 11-6, 8-11, 11-6) and Aaron Baker of Barbados (11-4, 11-1, 11-5, 11-7) on the first day of the competition before beating Puerto Rico’s Elvin Rivera (11-7, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7) and Trevor Farley, also of Barbados (14-12, 11-9, 11-8, 11-8).
 

 
Read also
Off the Table: The Year of Marcos Freitas , 12/20/2014
 
Argentine Capital City Confirmed as Host for International Referees Conference , 12/20/2014
 
Invitation to Officiate at GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour German Open , 12/20/2014
 
Gu Gai and Matti Launonen at Copa Costa Rica Para Tournament , 12/20/2014
 
Complete Set for Tafida Abo-Seada, as Egypt Dominates in Sharm El-Shiekh , 12/20/2014
 
GAC Group 2015 ITTF World Tour Qatar Open; Entry Deadline Sunday 18th January , 12/19/2014
 
Passion, Vision and Activity Equals Success, the ITTF Hopes Programme , 12/18/2014
 
Rich in Talent, the Very Impressive Entry for the Copa Costa Rica , 12/18/2014
 
Liebherr Masters College Foundation Established to Support Emerging Talent , 12/18/2014
 
Dubai 2014 ITTF Star Awards Evening: Full List of Nominees Announced , 12/18/2014
 





© Copyright 2002 - International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF)
Webmaster: mo@ittf.com