Day three almost ended in disaster for the defending champion and home crowd at the 29th Copa Gerdau. Brazilian top seed Thiago Monteiro was pushed to the limit by Chilean qualifier Jamie Ignacio Galleguillos but eventually made it through to the last sixteen 36 63 76(3) in a match lasting three hours and fifty minutes.
Going in to the match Monteiro was aware of the challenge he faced having lost the only previous meeting of the two.
"I knew it would be hard. He has great skill and varies the game, while I prefer speed over the ball. But in the end, I left the court victorious"
The Brazilian was also taken to three sets in his first round match against another Chilean, Guillermo Nunez.
"They were two long, tough matches. I'll try to make the best possible recovery. These two matches have given me confidence to go as far as possible.”
In the quarterfinal, the top seed will face Peru’s Daniel Santos who saw off another Brazilian Guilherme Hadlick 63 63.
Top seed in the girls’ draw Kyle McPhillips from USA had much less trouble securing her place in the quarterfinal with a 64 61 victory over Argentina’s Stephanie Petit. Next up she faces Brazil’s big hope Laura Pigossi who progressed with a 75 36 63 win over Belgium’s Kimberley Zimmermann. Second seed Montserrat Gonzalez is also showing some great form progressing to the quarterfinal with 61 63 win over Guadalupe Perez Rojas from Argentina.
The highest seed to fall in the girls’ draw was fifth seed Ilka Csoregi from Romania who succumbed to American Denise Starr 46 75 62.