Photo: Otto SarquisBrazil Junior Fed Cup team - Winners at 2012 South America Qualifying
Ten teams go head-to-head at the South American Qualifying event in La Paz, Bolivia this week with an eye on the prize of featuring at September’s Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals.
The event, which runs on 29 April – 4 May, sees South American nations bidding to become one of three boys’ and three girls’ teams to win a spot into the world’s premier team competition for Under 16s in San Luis Potosi, Mexico on 24-29 September.
The event follows the conclusion of last week’s Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying event in Gimcheon, which saw Australia, India, Japan and hosts Korea, Republic qualify for the Junior Davis Cup Finals and Australia, Korea and New Zealand seal spots in the Junior Fed Cup Finals.
Brazil, seeded second in both Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup competitions this week, will be one of the favourites to join them in September.
Argentina, the top seed in the Junior Davis Cup event, was the last South American nation to go all the way to the final of the competition, losing to USA in San Luis Potosi in 2008, and is expected to mount a strong challenge in the competition again this year. Third seeds Peru and fourth-seeded Bolivia should also pose a threat in the boys' event.
Like the boys’ team, Argentina’s girls have also done well at the year-end Finals in the past and the nation was the last South American team to win the Junior Fed Cup Final, defeating Canada in Barcelona in 2004.
They are, however, unseeded at this year’s qualifying event, with top seeds Ecuador, second seeds Brazil, third seeds Paraguay and fourth seeds Colombia tipped to challenge for a spot in the Junior Fed Cup Finals ahead of them.
This week’s format sees 10 teams in each boys’ and girls’ event contest one of two round robin groups, with the best three teams overall from each event earning a spot at the prestigious Finals.
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