2/1/2010 YOG Continental Qualification Event - Pan America
Brazil’s 15 year old Eric Jouti and 14 year old Ariel Hsing from the United States booked their places in the Youth Olympic Games to be held in August 2010 in Singapore, following success on the opening day of action, Monday 1st February 2010, at the Pan American Continental Qualification Tournament in San Salvador.
Both players were in sparkling form in El Salvador's prinicipal city.
They finished the day with bright smiles across their faces and justified their highly seeded places in the draw.
Eric Jouti, the no.2 seed in the Boys’ Singles competition, beat Cuba’s Hector Solja, Puerto Rico’s Brandon Echevvaria and Chile’s Gustavo Gomez to book his place in the final where he accounted for top seed, Argentina’s Pablo Saragovi.
The latter had impressed en route to the final with wins over Guatemala’s Gabriel Orellana, America’s Michael Landers and Ecuador’s Rodrigo Tapia.
Similarly, Ariel Hsing, seeded no.1, was in fine form; her victims en route to the top place being Mexico’s Emilia Ortega, Argentina’s Agustina Iwaa, Peru’s Maria Soto and Brazil's Caroline Kumahara.
One place in each of the Boys’ and Girls’ Singles events have therefore been decided; two more remain for the boys and two for the girls.
A second knock-out competition will be held on Tuesday 2nd February and a third on Wednesday 3rd February 2010.