24 Mar 2013

Top seeds prevail in El Salvador

Match Report

The victorious team from Dominican Republic

The top seeds emerged victorious in both the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup pre-qualifying tournaments in El Salvador.

The opening rubber of the final round of the Junior Davis Cup saw Jose Olivares of the Dominican Republic take on Cristian Zeron of Honduras. Zeron took the opening set 7-5 but Olivares fought back taking the second set 6-4, before going on to clinch the tie 57 64 61 in an incredible 2 hours 43 minutes.

The second rubber saw William Kirkman of Dominican Republic play Honduras' Andres Argenal. Kirkman was in exceptional form and managed to defeat the battling Argenal 64 61 to secure victory for Dominican Republic. The dead doubles rubber was not played.

In the Junior Fed Cup final round, top seeds Cuba played unseeded Puerto Rico. Amanda Gomez got the top seeds off to the perfect start when she defeated Paola Maza 61 64, and, when Claudia Carrera won the first set of her rubber against Chantal Martinez 6-1, it appeared as though Cuba would ease to victory.

Martinez, however, would have something to say about that. She showed excellent fighting spirit to take the second set 6-3 before taking the deciding set 7-5 to level the tie at 1-1.

This then forced the final into a deciding doubles rubber. Cuba's two singles players teamed up in the doubles, whereas Puerto Rico brought in Clary Rodriguez to play with Martinez. It was the Cubans who triumphed, taking the rubber 62 61.

This means that Dominican Republic and Cuba have earned a spot in the North/Central American & Caribbean Final Qualifying event in Montreal on May 2-4, with the ultimate goal being a place in the Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas/Junior Fed Cup Finals on 24-29 September.

All of Saturday's results can be found here.