Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup Qualifying, Santa Cruz, Bolivia
Six South American nations became the first to qualify for the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in San Luis Potosi, Mexico on 23-28 September, at last week's South American qualifying event in Santa Cruz, Bolivia.
Three places were up for grabs into the Finals in each boys' and girls' event, with Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia qualifying for the Junior Davis Cup Finals and Paraguay, Peru and Ecuador sealing a spot in the Junior Fed Cup Finals.
The Argentine Junior Davis Cup team breezed through the week until coming up against some resistance from second seeds Brazil in the final.
The tie was level at 1-1 after the two singles rubbers, as Argentina’s Manuel Pena Lopez and Camilo Ugo took to the court against Orlando Luz and Lucas Koelle of Brazil. A closely fought rubber ultimately saw the Argentine duo come out on top, winning 63 64 and with it sealing top spot at the South America qualifying.
It was all to play for in the third place play-off as Paraguay took on host nation Bolivia.
Bolivia’s Eduardo Paz raced to a 60 lead before Joaquin Vallejo (PAR) upped his game to level at one-set all. Paz then proved too strong for Vallejo as he took the third set 63 to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
Juan Carlos Aguilar then needed the support of the home crowd to come back from one set down against Paraguay’s Bruno Benitez, eventually posting a 16 75 61 win to seal victory for the hosts and with it a place at the Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Finals in Mexico.
The Junior Fed Cup competition saw unseeded Paraguay come out on top with a 2-1 win over third seeds Peru in the final.
Maria Paula Torres got the third seeds off to a winning start with a 62 60 win over Cindy Oest. Lara Escauriza levelled the tie in a marathon match lasting just short of two and a half hours. Escauriza fought back from a set down to win 36 63 76 to keep Paraguay in contention for the top spot.
Eliane Matto and Cindy Oest teamed up to take on Torres and Camila Vargas in the deciding doubles, in which Paraguay prevailed 63 64.
The third place play-off was between Colombia and top seeds Ecuador. After a shaky start Ecuador recovered to take the tie 2-0 and with it the third place at the Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Finals.
For a full breakdown of results click here
Action continues this week in the Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup regional Qualifying, with the Asia/Oceania Final Qualifying event taking place in Kuching, Malaysia on 28 April-3 May. Sixteen nations in each event are competing for the four available spots at the Finals in September.