07 May 2013

Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia and Argentina through to Finals

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Bolivia at the South America Quailfying

South American teams added to the list of qualified nations for the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas, as the South American qualifying came to a close at the weekend.

Three places were up for grabs in the Finals in each event, with Peru, Argentina and Bolivia qualifying for the Junior Davis Cup Finals and Brazil, Bolivia and Colombia in the Junior Fed Cup Finals.

The Brazilian Junior Fed Cup team breezed through the week without the loss of a rubber.  The second seeds faced off against hosts Bolivia for first place and were untroubled as they eased through to straight set victories in all three rubbers for the loss of just a handful of games. 

Brazil’s Luisa Stefani got the hosts off to a fine start with a 61 60 win over Bolivia’s Natalia de Ugarte before Leticia Vidal sealed the win for the second seeds with a 64 60 win over Daniela Ruiz. The doubles rubber also went the way of the Brazilians so they could complete a clean sweep for the week.

It was all to play for in the third place play-off as fourth seeds Colombia took on third seeds Paraguay.  The tie was level at 1-1 after the two singles rubbers, as Colombia’s Maria Fernanda Herazo and Laura Arciniegas took to the court against Gabriela Ferreira and Lara Escauriza of Paraguay.  This was a closely fought rubber but with the Colombian duo ultimately coming out on top to take the win 64 75 and with it the third qualifying spot at the Finals.

The Junior Davis Cup competition saw third seeds Peru come out on top with a 2-1 win over top seeds Argentina in the final.  Franco Capalbo got the top seeds off to a winning start, after a shaky first set, to post a 06 63 64 win over Guillermo Cabrera. Juan Jose Rosas levelled the tie in a marathon match lasting over three and a half hours. Rosas fought back from a set down to win 67 76 76 to keep Peru in contention for the top spot.  Rosas and Cabrera teamed up to take on Capalbo and Juan Pablo Ficovich in the deciding doubles, in which the Peruvians prevailed 57 61 63.

The third place play-off was between hosts Bolivia and second seeds Brazil. This tie also went the distance with the Bolivian duo of Rodrigo Banzer and Stephan Koenigfest sealing victory in the deciding doubles to secure the third and final place at the Finals.

For a full breakdown of results click here