Photo: © 2014 María T. OrroAngelica Bernal (COL)
Chile’s men’s team and Colombia’s women’s team earned their respective places in Friday’s finals at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup Americas Qualification during Thursday’s third and last day of round-robin ties in Caguas, Puerto, when there was another thrilling deciding doubles rubber in the women’s event.
Former Junior Masters champion Angelica Bernal again gave Colombia the early advantage in its crucial women’s tie again top seed Chile, with the winner set to earn the right to play Brazil in the final. Bernal defeated world No. 24 Macarena Cabrillana 63 61 and Colombia looked to be on course to win both singles rubbers after wold No. 38 Johana Martinez comfortably took the opening set against Francisca Mardones 6-2
However, world No. 15 Mardones battled back to take the second set by the same score and then kept Chile’s hopes alive by the narrowest of margins after winning a final set tiebreak for a 26 62 76(6) victory.
When Chile and Colombia met in the BNP Paribas World Team Cup Americas Qualification in 2012, they met in both the round-robin phase of the event and in the final, with both teams winning one tie apiece, each in a deciding doubles runner.
On that occasion it was Chile that crucially edged Colombia in the final, but this time Bernal and Martinez ensured Colombia edged Chile 2-1 after defeating Cabrillana and Mardones 62 36 (10-8).
With Brazil having already won both its round-robin ties, Brazil and Colombia will now meet to decide which team qualifies for the women’s World Group for the 2014 BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Alphen, Netherlands in May.
Chile eases past Guatemala to reach men’s final
While Colombia’s women’s team out Chile out in a thrilling encounter, Chile could not have had a much more comfortable passage into the men’s final after a 2-0 victory over in its final round-robin tie against Guatemala.
Francisco Cayulef powered to a 60 61 win over M Ramas 60 61before Wladimir Rodas beat Oscar Oliva by the same score to complete victory for second seed Chile, with the dead doubles rubber not played.
Top seed Brazil awaits Chile in the final.