by Ian Marshall, ITTF Publications Manager
Currently listed at no.11 on the Men’s World Rankings, Hugo Calderano has raised the bar for not solely Brazil, additionally for Latin America and for the entire of Pan America.
Now the intriguing query is as as to whether Kanak Jha of the United States, 4 years youthful than Hugo Calderano and presently listed at no.72 on the Men’s World Rankings can emulate the Brazilian and reserve a spot amongst the very elite of the game.
Moreover, can each acquire locations in the forthcoming Liebherr 2018 Men’s World Cup to be staged in October? In Asuncion, Latin America and North America are every eligible for one place on the celebrated international match.
The no.three seed, behind Gustavo Tsuboi, additionally from Brazil and the winner one yr in the past in Costa Rica, Kanak Jha is the main title from North America. Also may he be in line for an early birthday current? He celebrates his 18th birthday three days previous to that of Hugo Calderano.
Memorably, in Costa Rica, in the group part of proceedings he beat Gustavo Tsuboi and in Asuncion is the one participant from north of the border who seems amongst the highest quartet.
The host nation’s Marcelo Aguirre completes the highest 4 names however though he has three Olympic Games appearances to his credit score he’s the odd man out; he’s solely member of the group to not have competed in a Men’s World Cup. Gustavo Tsuboi performed in 2011, 2015 and 2017, Kanak Jha in 2014, Hugo Calderano in 2016.
Play commences with the preliminary stage comprising 4 teams, three gamers in every teams. Players ending in first locations advance to the quarter-finals, the stage at which the highest 4 names – Hugo Calderano, Gustavo Tsuboi, Kanak Jha, Marcelo Aguirre – enter the competitors.
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