The tenimesista Puerto Rican managed to advance after a triple draw in the group stage. (Jorge A Ramirez Portela)
After three intense matches, Adriana Díaz managed to advance this morning to the main key of the Women's World Cup, reported the Puerto Rican Table Tennis Federation .
He added that it is the second time that Díaz participates in the World Cup, but it is the first time that he enters the “main draw”, which he achieved after three intense matches in the tournament that takes place in a 'bubble format. 'in Weihai, China.
Díaz returns to compete this Sunday at 11:45 pm, Puerto Rico time, for the first round of the main draw against the Chinese Sun Yingsha, who is the third classified in the world. This stage, which is played in single elimination, represents the round of 16. The utuadeña is the tenth classified.
Commenting on the day, the coach and father of the 20-year-old athlete, Bladimir Díaz, acknowledged that they were intense matches in which his pupil was able to get ahead thanks to his physical and mental strength.
“Wow. Today was very intense. They were games to the death, and thanks to the fact that Adriana had a pretty good physique. His offense was also there along with defense. But the offense was what helped us the most, and – as always – the mental part. I would say that the key was that, to keep fighting, ” said Díaz.
Talking about Adriana's next match, he acknowledged that the chances of prevailing are slim. However, he insisted that they will go with the same approach and with an eye on things that can improve in the face of their next commitments.
“Tomorrow we are going with a Chinese who has just won here (in China) in an event. She was the youth Olympic champion in Buenos Aires, and the chances are really few of us to win, but I want to see how we are, “he said.
“I always say that we are going to fight, we are not going to wait to be beaten, but we know that it is very uphill. Tomorrow's game (Monday) is going to be watched by 20 million Chinese on the national network ”, he added.
Díaz and China's Yingsha have no previous confrontations, according to the files of the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF).
The World Cup is the first event in which the Puerto Rican competes since sports action stopped in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. At that time, Adrian was forced to return to Puerto Rico from Europe, where she was competing.
In the 'bubble', Diaz will also play in the ITTF Finals event, as well as a World Tour tournament.
The group stage culminated in a triple draw between Diaz, American Lili Zhang and Ukrainian Margarite Pesotska.
In the early hours, Pesotska beat Zhang with a score of 4-2. In the next game, Adriana beat Mo Zhang 4-1, but fell 2-4 to Lily Zhang.
For his part, Pesotska beat Mo Zhang 4-1, but fell 2-4 to Adriana. Then in the last match Mo Zhang fell 4-3 to Lily.
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After the group stage, Díaz, Lili and Pesotska finished with two games won and one lost, each.
While the Canadian Mo Zhang, culminated with 0-3, although in her match with Lily she was only one point in the seventh to win the match.
To achieve the tiebreaker, there was a count of sets won and lost between Díaz, Lily and Pesotska. In this line, the players were also tied, since each one had won their games 4-2.
Given the tie in the sets, it was necessary to go to the points of each match. The Puerto Rican tenimesista obtained 121 accumulated points, followed by Lili Zhang with 119 and Pesotska with 116.
In points allowed, Diaz had a total of 120, Lili had 116 and Pesotska finished with 120.
After averaging these points, it was concluded that Díaz and Lily Zhang advanced the main bracket in first and second position, respectively.