Photo: © 2014 María T. OrroDaniel Rodrigues (BRA)
Brazil and Colombia won the men’s and women’s events respectively on Friday’s final day of the BNP Paribas World Team Cup Americas Qualification in Caguas, Puerto Rico.
Brazil has now qualified for men’s World Group II at the 2014 BNP Paribas World Team Cup, which will be held in Alphen, Netherlands in May, while Colombia has qualified for the women’s World Group.
Brazil comfortably took the lead in the men’s final courtesy of Daniel Rodrigues, who secured a 61 61 win over Chile’s Wladimir Rodas.
Former world No. 11 and current world No. 31 Robinson Mendez did his best to keep Chile’s hopes alive as he took the second set of the second singles rubber against Carlos Santos for the loss of just one game, but Santos regained the momentum in the deciding set to seal a 2-0 win for Brazil after completing a 76(3) 16 62 victory.
Brazil will now have a men’s team in the BNP Paribas World Team Cup finals for the 19th time and for the first time since 2011. Brazil’s previous two World Group II efforts ended in victory on home soil in Brasilia in 2006 and a third place in Great Britain in 2009.
Canada, winner of the Americas Qualification in 2012 and 2013, finished third this time after Joel Dembe and Eric Gilbert combined to earn a comprehensive 3-0 win over host nation Puerto Rico.
Colombia claims doubles to beat Brazil in women’s final
Angelica Bernal ensured a comfortable start to the women’s final for Colombia after beating Brazil’s Rejane Candida 60 61. However, Colombia’s Johana Martinez exceeded the time limit that was allowed for her to arrive on court for the second singles rubber and Colombia was therefore defaulted, leaving the tie level at 1-1.
But, as in Colombia’s crucial deciding doubles rubber of its last round-robin tie against top seed Chile, Bernal and Martinez combined to win the doubles, earning a 61 63 win over Candida and Natalia Mayara to reverse their loss to the same Brazilian duo in a championship tiebreak in the deciding doubles rubber in Colombia’s first round-robin tie on the opening day of competition.
The 2-1 victory means that Colombia has now qualified to contest the women’s World Group for just the third time after a 13th place finish in 2010 and an eleventh place finish in 2011.