Photo: Gino SalinasColombia at the WJT South America Qualifying
Colombia capped a fine week in Lima, Peru after fighting past the hosts in the first place play-off to finish undefeated and win the World Junior Tennis South American Qualifying event.
The strongest two teams throughout the event, Colombia and Peru, had already guaranteed themselves spots at the World Junior Tennis Finals in Prostejov, Czech Republic on 5-10 August before going head-to-head on Saturday.
Colombia continued its impressive run to end the week with a 100 per cent winning record after securing victory over Peru after the two singles rubbers. Emiliana Arango got the top seeds off to a fine start with a 64 63 win over Peru’s Anastasia Lamachkina before Sofia Munera delivered the final blow, fighting back from a set down to defeat Maria Gracia Koo 57 63 63 and secure first place for the top seeds. The doubles rubber was not played.
In the boys' event three spots were up for grabs at the World Junior Tennis Finals in August. Argentina and Brazil qualified top of their round-robin groups to go through to the first place play-off and therefore guarantee themselves a spot at the Finals. First place was taken by Argentina who sealed the win in the deciding doubles. Camilo Ugo and Juan Bautista Otegui dismantled Brazil’s Gabriel Decamps and Lucas Cruz 60 62 to take victory and the top spot.
The all-important third place play-off saw second seeds Chile take on third seeds Peru. Javier Rodriguez drew first blood for Peru, posting a 64 76 win over Felipe Escalona before Chile’s Matias Soto levelled the tie with an impressive 64 76 win over Andres Donayre. The doubles went the way of the second seeds with Chile's Soto and Escalona enjoying a straight sets victory over Donayre and Rodriguez to take third place and with it a place at the World Junior Tennis Finals.
For a more details breakdown of results from the week and the other play-off ties click here