Photo: Gino SalinasColombia at the WJT South America Qualifying
There were no problems for favourites Colombia as they breezed through to a third consecutive 3-0 win. The top seeds romped to victory, disposing of Bolivia for the loss of just ten games across its three rubbers. They will face fourth seeds Brazil on Friday in the last of the round robin ties. The winner of this all-important tie will qualify for the World Junior Tennis Finals in Czech Republic in August.
In Group B of the girls’ competition the two seeds,Paraguay and Ecuador, are now out of the running for the World Junior Tennis Finals and the battle now lies between Peru and Venezuela. Both teams have won three out of three ties and will face off tomorrow for a chance to claim top spot in their group as well as one of two places at the Finals.
Venezuela took on second seeds Paraguay in Thursday’s tie and, after a shaky start and a loss in the first rubber, then fought back to straight set wins in the following two rubbers to post a 2-1 victory. Peru sealed their win against Uruguay after the two singles rubber, racing to an unassailable lead for the loss of just four games. The Peruvian duo of Alejandra Garmendia and Anastasia Iamachkine denied Uruguya’s Maria Zanella and Agustina arias of a consolatory doubles win, battling to a 63 26 63 win in just under two hours.
The boys’ competition sees the four seeds locked in battle for the three available spots at the Finals.
Top seeds Argentina and second seeds Chile were the only two seeded nations in action on Thursday as they took on Paraguay and Colombia respectively.
Chile’s Felipe Escalona and Matias Soto cleaned up in their tie easing to a 3-0 straight sets victory against Colombia in just over three hours. Argentina’s Juan Bautista Otegui was tested in the opening rubber against Paraguay’s Alexis Leguizamon, needing three sets to put the top seeds ahead. Argentina’s Camilo Ugo delivered the final nail in the coffin as he eased to a 64 61 win over Alan Benitez (PAR). He then teamed up with Tomas Etcheverry for a straight sets victory in the doubles.
Friday sees the seeds go head-to-head as Argentina will take on Peru in Group A and Chile takes on Brazil in Group B. A win on Friday would secure a place in the first place play-off, along with a spot at the World Junior Tennis finals. Depending on the score lines in tomorrow's ties the losers will then most probably face off in the third place play-off for the last available spot at the Finals.
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