Photo: Miguel IrigoyenMiguel Coronado and Brayan Tapia (CHI)
Chile’s Miguel Coronado and Mexico’s Lizbeth Soto won the boys’ and girls’ gold medals at the 2013 Youth Parapan American Games as four days of competition featuring 17 players from five nations came to a close on Saturday in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Mexico’s Carlos Muro clinched victory in the only three-set match in the first round of the boys’ singles, winning a thrilling encounter against Chile’s Brayan Tapia 64 67(5) 64, while Brazilian second seed Fabio Bernardes edged the closest of the quarterfinals to defeat Argentina’s Ignacio Colotta 75 75 as all four seeds advanced to the semifinals.
However, Bernardes then saw his quest for a place in the final come to an end as 18-year-old Muro guaranteed himself a medal with a 60 75 victory over his Brazilian opponent.
However, Muro, currently No. 17 in the Cruyff Foundation junior boys' singles ranking, had to settle for the silver medal as 17-year-old top seed Coronado, ranked No. 16, completed a sequence of three successive straight sets wins to clinch the gold medal 62 61. Coronado's 61 75 quarterfinal victory over Argentina’s Facundo Palacio having been the Chilean’s toughest challenge.
While Tapia went on to win the boys’ consolation singles after a 40 40 victory over Brazil’s Pedro Fernandes, Coronado and Tapia dropped just three games as they claimed Chile’s second gold medal In the boys’ doubles.
With the top two seeded partnerships having byes into the semifinals, Coronado and Tapia eased to a 60 60 win over Brazil’s Caio Goncalves and Vinicius Valentim, while Argentinian duo Colotta and Palacio upset Brazilian top seeds Bernardes and Fabio Bernardes 62 62 to guarantee Argentina’s only silver medal. Coronado and Tapia completed a dominant performance to win the gold medal after defeating Colotta and Palacio 61 62.
Soto in women’s singles and mixed doubles wins
Both the girls’ singles and mixed doubles were won in three-way round-robin events.
Fourteen year-old Soto, currently No. 8 in the Cruyff Foundation junior girls' singles ranking, dropped just two games en route to the girls’ singles gold medal as she secured a 60 62 win over Brazil’s Milena Santos, while also defeating Argentina’s Antonella Pralong without dropping a single game.
Muro and Soto were also dominant in the mixed doubles and beat Argentina’s Lucas Scarazzini and Antonella Pralong 60 61, while another 60 60 victory over Bernardes and Santos ensured victory.