Photo: Paul ZimmerShoes on clay
Host nation Bolivia enjoyed a fine start to its Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas South America Qualifying campaign after beating Ecuador on day one of the competition.
The fourth seed scored a 3-0 win over Ecuador in a fairly one-sided battle to confidently launch its bid to become one of three boys' teams to win a spot into the Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas finals in San Luis Potosi, Mexico on 24-29 September.
Stephan Koenigfest set the under 16s on their way with an impressive 61 60 win against Camilo Ponce, before Rodrigo Banzer secured the tie win with a 64 60 victory against Simon Bustamante. The Bolivian duo of Banzer and Daniel Arrien polished off the tie with a 60 62 win in the doubles.
The only other seed to play on day one of the Junior Davis Cup competition was third-seed Peru, who had a tough battle against Chile. Guillermo Cabrera of Peru got his team off to the perfect start with a straight sets win over Rodrigo Budnik, before Chile’s Marcelo Barrios levelled the tie with a 64 61 win over Juan Jose Rosas. The third seeds went on to take the tie with a 75 63 victory in the doubles, to see off a battling Chilean side.
Colombia also achieved a 2-1 win, securing victory after the two singles rubbers before Uruguayan duo Lucas Monterroso and Federico Lopez won the consolatory doubles rubber. Paraguay enjoyed an emphatic win over Venezuela, dropping just a handful of games en route to a 3-0 whitewash victory.
In the Junior Fed Cup competition third and fourth seeds Paraguay and Colombia both enjoyed wins on day one. Paraguay emulated the success of the boys’ team with a 3-0 win over Venezuela, although the battle was far more evenly contested than the scoreline suggests. Cindy Oest posted the first victory for the third seeds with a 62 75 win over Mary Cancini, but Gabriela Ferreira had to dig deep to see off Daniela Ramirez 67 62 60 in the second singles tie. Oest and Ferreira then teamed up to take the doubles rubber 63 63.
Two further encounters required a tense deciding rubber, with the participating nations’ thoughts already firmly focussed on the prize of winning one of three spots at the Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in September.
Fourth seeds Colombia won just four games more than Argentina as the nation scraped to a 2-1 victory in the deciding doubles rubber. Bolivia claimed a 2-1 win over Chile by more of a margin, taking the second and third rubbers in straight sets, with the deciding doubles taking under an hour as Bolivia’s Daniela Ruiz and Natalia de Ugarte raced to a 64 62 win over Daniela Lopz and Catalina Obrecht.
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