The defending champion, the winner just under one year ago in the Argentine capital city of Buenos, Gui Lin retained her title at the 2016 ITTF-Latin American Championships staged on Sunday 7th February in the Puerto Rican capital city of San Juan.
Occupying the no.2 seeded position in the event; she accounted for Caroline Kumahara, the no.3 seed, in an all-Brazilian final. Gui Lin won in six games (8-11, 13-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-5).
"It was very hard, because we know each other very well; we have trained together for a long time”, said Gui Lin. “I managed to win some vital points and Caroline lost some confidence; that helped me take the advantage and seize control.”
Undoubtedly the fact Gui Lin won the close second and fourth games was absolutely crucial; both successes meant she levelled matters.
"I began very badly in the second game; then I came back but Gui Lin won that games”, explained Caroline Kumahara. “I didn't take my chances; then I didn’t receive service well, conversely she received well and that was the key to my defeat.”
Eighth Time Won by Brazil
It was the eight time since the tournament was first staged in Mexico City in 1978 that a Brazilian player has won the Women’s Singles title.
Furthermore, having defending the title successfully, Gui Lin is one of only two players from the South American country to have secured the precious title on more than one occasion.
photos Janos Schmidt