21 Feb 2012

Canada, Puerto Rico and Colombia ease to wins

Match Report

Photo: Reg CaldecottPhilippe Bedard (CAN)

Canada and Puerto Rico won their first ties off the week in the men's event at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup Pre-qualifying event for the Americas on Tuesday, while Colombia booked their place in the final women's play-off contest.

Top seeds Canada confirmed their semifinal berth in the men's event after a 3-0 win over El Salvador in their Group 2 round-robin tie.

Phillipe Bedard got Canada off to a fine start with a comfortable 61 60 victory over Mario Lucero, while Joel Dembe put the victory beyond doubt after his 60 60 win over Cristobal Rivera in the second singles rubber. Eric Gilbert subsequently partnered Bedard to a 61 60 win over Lucero and Pedro Perez in the doubles rubber..

Canada will now face the runners-up in Group 1 in the semifinals after Puerto Rico joined host nation Mexico on one victory apiece after the second day of competition in Mexico City.

Miguel Lozada gave Puerto Rico the lead in their round-robin tie against Guatemala, defeating Macario Ramas 63 62, while Hector Maldonado gave Puerto Rico an unassailable 2-0 lead after beating Oscar Oliva 62 61. Lozado and Maldonado beat Oliva and Rueda 60 61 to win the doubles.

Mexico and Puerto Rico meet on Wednesday’s third day of play to decide the outcome of Group 1.

Colombia will face either Chile or Mexico in the final play-off in the women's event after securing  their second victory in successive days against Mexico.

Angelica Bernal retained her unbeaten singles record for the week as she eased past Esperanza Belmont 60 61, but Johana Martinez had to battle hard for her first singles win. Martinez finally saw off Mexico's Claudia Taboada 75 76(3) before partnering Bernal to beat Belmont and Rosalba Vasquez 60 61 61 63 in the doubles.

Chile and Mexico will complete the round-robin phase of the women's event on Wednesday.