Photo: © 2014 María T. OrroNatalia Mayara and Rejane Candida (BRA)
Brazil’s women and Chile’s men made winning starts to the BNP Paribas World Team Cup Americas Qualification in Caguas, Puerto Rico on Tuesday as the first pool round-robin pool tiles took place, contested by four of the eight teams from six countries that are taking part in the event.
The opening women’s tie between Brazil and top seed Chile was the undoubted highlight of the day as seocnd seed Brazil edged to a 2-1 victory after all three rubbers went to a deciding set.
Chilean No. 2 Macarena Cabrillana fought back from a slow start to beat Brazil’s Rejane Candida 16 64 62 in the opening singles rubber, but Brazil’s Natalia Mayara held on in a thrilling contest to upset world No. 15 Francisca Mardones 75 46 64 to force the deciding doubles rubber.
There was even more excitement to come as the tie came down to a championship tiebreak in the crucial doubles, with Mayara and Rejane beating Cabrillana and Mardones 64 46 (10-6) to give Brazil a fine opening victory in the three-way women’s event.
Brazil will now play Colombia on Wednesday’s second day of competition before Colombia faces Chile later in the week after both countries were involved in two exciting ties during the Americas qualification in 2012.
Chile’s men beat host nation Puerto Rico
Francisco Cayulef and Wladimir Rodas combined to secure a 3-0 win for second seed Chile against host nation Puerto Rico in the opening pool 1 round-robin tie in the men’s event.
Cayulef had the toughest task against Puerto Rico’s Hector Maldonado, eventually winning 61 16 62 before Rodas defeated Oscar Marrero 62 62 to put the result of the tie beyond doubt. Cayulef and Rodas eased past Maldonado and Miguel Lozada 60 61 to complete Chile’s victory.
Chile, Guatemala and Puerto Rico make up the three countries in pool 1, with Guatemala and Puerto Rico set to go head-to-head on Wednesday, when the two countries in pool 2, top seed Brazil and Canada, also meet.
Canada has won the men’s event at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup Americas Qualification for the last two years.