Reigning Parapanam Games men’s singles gold medallist Jon Rydberg will meet top seed Gustavo Fernandez of Argentina in the quarterfinals of the 2011 Parapanam Games in Guadalajara, Mexico after the American defeated fifth seed Daniel Rodrigues of Brazil on Monday's second day of competition.
Rydberg, who went into this year’s event without a seeding, joins the top seven seeds in the quarterfinals after his 62 62 win over Rodrigues, while Fernandez eased his way into the event with a comfortable 62 61 victory over Joel Dembe of Canada.
After a first round byes five of the other seeded players progressed to the last eight in straight sets, third seed Robinson Mendez of Chile, Colombian sixth seed Elicier Oquendo and eighth seed Mauricio Pomme of Brazil each coming through their opening matches 60 60.
However, Brazil’s Carlos Santos had to battle his way through after slipping a set behind against Chile’s Cristian Aranda. Nevertheless, Santos prevailed 67(5) 60 64 and will now face Argentinean seventh seed Augustin Ledesma.
Mendez will play Oquendo in the quarterfinals, while Pomme takes on American second seed Stephen Welch, who was given a stern examination before overcoming Rolando Avila Valdes of Mexico.
Bernal and Soldan battle into last eight of women's singles
The three opening matches in the women’s singles saw Angelica Bernal of Colombia and Mackenzie Soldan of USA each needing three sets to book their places in the quarterfinals.
Seventh seed Bernal, the reigning Junior Masters champion, upset the rankings to edge past fifth seed Andrea Medrano of Argentina 64 46 64 and goes on to face top seed Maria Antonietta Ortiz of Chile.
Soldan faced a tough challenge from Mexico’s Claudia Taboada, but eventually clinched a 67(5) 64 62 victory to book her place in the quarterfinals against Colombian second seed Johana Martinez.
Brazil’s Natalia Mayara won the other women’s singles match to be played on the second day in Guadalajara as she also beat a Mexican opponent. Mayara defeated Esperanza Belmont 64 61 to set up an intriguing clash with American third seed Emmy Kaiser.
Brazil’s Rejane Candida had a walkover in her scheduled first round match and now plays Chilean fourth seed Francisca Mardones.