11 Jul 2018

Success for the top seeds, the United States quartet formed by Kanak Jha, Sharon Alguetti, Nicholas Tito and Nikhil Kumar secured first place in their group but the opening day of play, Tuesday 10th July, at the 2018 Pan American Junior Championships in Santo Domingo, belonged to their North American compatriots, Canada.

In particular, the day belonged to Jeremy Hazin.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

He beat both Eduardo Tomioke (11-5, 8-11, 11-4, 11-7) and Guilherme Teodoro (3-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-7, 11-4), as Canada posted a surprise three-one when facing Brazil, the no.3 seeds.

The one remaining success came from Edward Ly in the third match of the fixture when he accounted for Enzo Nakashima (10-12, 11-6, 11-6, 11-7). The one win for Brazil was secured in the second match of the engagement; Guilherme Teodoro overcame Terence Yeung (11-9, 11-3, 11-9).

Success for the Canadians came after, when fielding the same trio, a three-nil win had been recorded against Aruba’s Benny Chung, Jeandry Mathilda and Donald Yarzagary. Likewise, Brazil had made a convincing start; with Sergio Bignardi preferred to Enzo Nakashima, the South Americans had secured a three-one success in opposition to the Dominican Republic’s Noel Almonte, Mariano Lockward and Pedro Cabrera.

In the concluding contests Canada faces the Dominican Republic, Brazil opposes Aruba; teams finishing in first and second positions in each group advance to the main draw.

Impressive from Canada, it was the same from the United States. Selecting Kanak Jha, Sharon Alguetti and Nicholas Tito, a three-one win was recorded against Peru’s Rodrigo Hidalgo, Jhon Lou and Asolfo Cucho, before with Nikhil Kumar replacing Nicholas Tito, victory by the same margin was posted against the Chilean combination of Andres Martinez, Nicolas Burgos and Jorge Paredes.

Peru and Chile now meet to determine second place in the group and progress to the main draw.

Success for the top seeds in an imposing manner; it was even more imposing from Argentina, the no.2 seeds. Fielding Santiago Lorenzo, Martin Bentancor and Leandro Fuentes, a three-nil victory was clinched against Costa Rica’s Bryan Solis, Daniel Araya and Steven Roman, before with Alexis Orencel preferred to Leandro Fuentes, the same margin of success was the end result when facing Puerto Rico’s Francisco Matias, Gabriel Perez and Angel Naranjo.

In the concluding fixture in the group, Argentina face Trinidad and Tobago; on the opening day of play selecting Luc O’Young, Javier King and Derron Douglas, the Caribbean outfit experienced a three-nil defeat at the hands of Puerto Rico, before narrowly losing to Costa Rica by three matches to two.

Star of the show for Costa Rica was Daniel Araya; he beat both Derron Douglas (11-7, 11-4, 9-11, 11-8) and Javier King (11-4, 11-6, 11-7). Costa Rica now meets Puerto Rico in the contest that realistically will determine second place.

The Boys’ Team event concludes on Thursday 12th July.

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