Cummings suffers straight-sets defeat to Cordero
Guyana’s national champion Natalie Cummings endured a 4-0 defeat on Tuesday in the Latin American Singles and Mixed Doubles Table Tennis Championship, which serves as a qualification event for the Tokyo Olympics.
Cummings lost 9-11, 6-11, 7-11, 8-11 to Lucia Cordero of the host nation Argentina.
Earlier in the day, Portugal-based Chelsea Edghill put up Guyana’s best effort, narrowly losing to Mexican Monica Munoz in a seven-set thriller in the Women’s Singles Round of 32 match. Edghill lost the contest 3-4 after an intense battle with Munoz.
Munoz took the first two sets 11-5, 11-8 before the Guyanese stormed back to level the game 2-2 with 11-9, 11-4 successes. Munoz took the lead with an 11-6 win in the fifth set, but Edghill maintained her focus to again draw level with an 11-8 win.
The final set was hotly contested, with Munoz emerging winner with an 11-9 scoreline.
National Table Tennis player Shemar Britton and Joel Alleyne were also on the losing end on Tuesday.
Britton lost 4-2 to Alejandro Toranzos of Paraguay and Alleyne succumbed 4-0 to Gustavo Gomez in the Round of 32.
Britton won the second and fourth sets 11-8, 11-8, while Toranzos win the others 11-5, 11-2, 11-3, 11-3. Gomez meanwhile, was dominant against Alleyne, winning 11-6, 11-5, 11-8, 11-2.