On Friday, Brazilian Hugo Calderano beat Slovenian Darko Jorgic, 23rd in the world, in four sets to 1, partial 8/11, 11/6, 11/3, 13/11 and 11/2, and qualified for the quarter-finals. From the World Table Tennis Championships, which is held in Houston, USA. And now, the Caldenaro faces China’s Liang Jingkun, who is currently ranked 9th in the world. He eliminated England’s Liam Pitchford, No. 15 in the standings. The quarter-final duel will be held on Saturday. The schedule has not yet been announced.
Hugo Calderano made history at the Table Tennis World Cup – Photo: WTTGlobal / Divulgação
Last Tuesday, the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) updated the sport’s standings and confirmed Hugo Calderano in an unprecedented position for Brazil. After winning the double at the Pan American Championships, the 25-year-old Brazilian climbed to fourth in the world.
He became the first table tennis player in the Americas to be ranked fourth in the world in 83 years – a position that only American Sol Chef had reached in 1938, but before the official ranking was established. With a score of 8,964 points, it is trailed by only three Chinese: Fan Zhendong (12,494 points), Ma Long (12,212) and Xu Xin (10,356).
Farewell to the opening round of being seeded, Hugo Calderano made his World Championship debut Portugal’s Joao Monteiro (78) won 4-1 (Partial 8/11, 11/4, 11/5, 11/2 and 11/6). In the next round, is He beat Belgian Cedric Neutink (75th place in the world) 4-3 (Parties 6/11, 11/8, 6/11, 8/11, 11/7, 7/11, 11/5).
The 25-year-old from Rio de Janeiro is the only Brazilian still competing in Houston. Gustavo Tsuboi (38th place), Vitor Ishii (55th place), Thiago Montero (92nd place) and Bruna Takahashi (38th among the girls) were eliminated from the competition. Brazil also lost all doubles matches, remaining out of the competition.
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