The utuadeña Adriana Díaz participated in her second Women's Table Tennis World Cup, in the city of Weihai, China. (Archive)
Puerto Rican tennis player Adriana Díaz was defeated early Monday morning by Chinese rival Sun Yingsha in the round of 16 of the Women's Table Tennis World Cup in Weihai, China.
The backhand of the utuadeña arose in four sets after having, in the past few days, three fiery matches in the group round to go for the first time in his career to the 'main draw' of the World Cup. The sets were for the local 11-5, 11-5, 11-8, 8-11 and 11-7.
Yingsha easily took the first two sets and looked en route to a shutout. The third was also won but the Puerto Rican put up greater resistance and the difference was only three points. In the fourth, about to lose, the Puerto Rican drew strength and managed to dominate her rival.
But the Asian managed to regain her rhythm to take the fifth 11-7 and come out with the victory.
Yingsha, who according to Bladimir Díaz, Adriana's father and coach, has just won a tournament in China and was a youth Olympic champion at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, is classified as the third racket in the world in the female branch.
Diaz, 20, is ranked nineteenth in the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) ladder.
To qualify for the 'main draw', the Utuadeña had to compete for the pass with the Canadian Mo Zhang, the American Lili Zhang and the Ukrainian Margarite Pesotska. Diaz and Lili Zhang were the ones who advanced to the main key.