16 Nov 2011

Top seeds exit at Parapanam Games in Guadalajara

Match Report

Mackenzie Soldan (USA)

The top two seeds, Maria Antonieta Ortiz of Chile and Colombia’s Johana Martinez, saw their bids for women’s singles medals at the 2011 Parapanam Games come to an end on Tuesday when they were beaten by Angelica Bernal and Mackenzie Soldan respectively.

Three engrossing women’s quarterfinals included reigning Junior Master Champion Bernal’s 46 63 63 victory over Ortiz, while Soldan, a world top 20 player in 2010, recovered from a slow start to defeat Martinez 16 60 62.

Fourth seed Francisca Mardones also had a tough match against Brazil’s Rejane Candida, but after the exit of Ortiz, Martinez maintained the Chilean challenge 64 76(4).

The other women’s quarterfinal match saw Emmy Kaiser progress to give USA two semifinalists after she eased past Brazil’s Natalia Mayara 60 61.

Bernal and Kaiser will meet in the last four, with Mardones and Soldan going head-to-head in the other semifinal. 

Fernandez ends Rydberg’s title defence

Argentinean top seed Gustavo Fernandez ended Jon Rydberg’s hopes of winning a second success Parapanam Games men’s singles gold medal after defeating the American 64 62 in the quarterfinals.

Argentina will have two men’s singles semifinalists after seventh seed Augustin Ledesma won the big points in his quarterfinal to upset Brazilian fourth seed Carlos Santos 75 75.

While Rydberg is now out of the hunt for men’s singles medals, the American challenge still remains thanks to former world No. 1 Stephen Welch, who won his last eight contest against eighth seed Mauricio Pomme of Brazil 62 76(4).

Chilean third seed Robinson Mendez will play Fernandez in the semifinals after defeating Colombia Elicier Oquendo 62 64.

The men’s doubles semifinalists are also decided after top seeds Fernandez and Ledesma needed three sets to prevail against the Chilean partnership of Cristian Aranda and Mendez.

After their 36 63 63 three set victory Fernandez and Ledesma play Pomme and Santos for a place in the final, while second seeds Rydberg and Welch take on Colombia’s Oquendo and Mauricio Vega. 

The singles and doubles semifinals all take place during Wednesday’s fourth day of play in Guadalajara.