Adriana Díaz during her training in Puerto Rico prior to the tournament. (Jorge A Ramirez Portela)
Puerto Rican Adriana Díaz scored a victory in her debut in the Women's World Cup of Table Tennis over Canadian Mo Zhang in the restart of the sport in a 'bubble' format in Weihai, China.
The 20-year-old from Uttaa defeated her first international rival since last February 11-5, 7-11, 11-2, 11-9 and 12-10. The COVID-19 pandemic has paralyzed action around the world to date.
Díaz had already defeated Zhang in the final of the 2019 Pan American Cup held at the Mario “Quijote” Morales Coliseum in Guaynabo. The last Puerto Rican tournament before the break was the 2020 edition in the same facility, where she was proclaimed champion again.
Díaz, the best racket in America in the tournament at number 19 of the ITTF world step, will face during the early hours of Sunday, Puerto Rico time, Lily Zhang and Margaryta Pesotska as part of the group stage. All four athletes are in key 2.
A total of 21 athletes will be active in the tournament, including some of the best in the world.