Colombia produced a stunning victory over Chile in a final set tiebreak in their deciding doubles rubber as the first of the women’s round-robin ties came to a thrilling climax on Monday at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup Pre-qualifying Event for the Americas in Mexico City.
Reigning Junior Masters champion Angelica Bernal edged a fascinating opening singles rubber against Chile’s Francisca Mardones 63 57 64, but Maria Antonieta Ortiz kept Chile’s hopes alive with a comfortably 61 62 victory over Johana Martinez.
With all four singles players lining up for the doubles decider 2011 Bernal and Martinez edged the first set, but Ortiz and Mardones hit back in the second set before a pulsating contest ended 75 26 76(5) in favour of Bernal and Martinez, who gave Colombia an overall 2-1 victory on their return to Mexico following their Parapanam Games doubles silver medal last November.
With Colombia and Chile both now scheduled to meet host nation Mexico in their remaining round-robin ties, the two nations could be on course to meet again in the play-off to decide which nations gains the qualification place for the Women’s World Group at May’s BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Seoul, Korea.
The opening tie in the men’s event brought victory for the host nation of Mexico.
Margarito Bautista got Mexico off to a confident start as he beat Guatemala’s Macario Ramas 61 61, while Rolando Avila Valdes put the tie beyond Guatemala after easing past Oscar Oliva Quinonez 60 60.
Bautista and Avila Valdes subsequently completed a 3-0 victory for Mexico, defeating Julio Rueda Chacon and Macario Ramas Chun 61 60.
Guatemala will now play Puerto Rico in Group 1 of the men’s event on Tuesday, while second seeds Canada will face El Salvador in Group 2.