21 Jul 2018

First place in the group secured on the opening day of action; on the second day of play, Friday 20th July; Cuba, the top seeds, duly booked their place in the final of the Men’s Team event at the XXIII Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla.

A direct entry to the semi-finals, a three-nil win was recorded against Mexico, the second seeds; an outfit that earlier in the day had finished in second place in their group behind Puerto Rico, the no.5 seeds.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Andy Pereira gave Cuba the ideal start by beating Marcos Madrid (11-7, 11-4, 11-5), before Jorge Campos accounted for Ricardo Villa (11-9, 11-5, 11-8); matters concluded with Livan Martinez and Andy Pereira joining forces to win the doubles in opposition to Dario Arce and Ricardo Villa (11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8).

In the final, Puerto Rico awaits.

Successful against Mexico the previous day by three matches to one; with Brian Afanador rested, the trio comprising Daniel Gonzalez, Yomar Gonzalez and Ricardo Jimenez concluded their group stage fixtures unbeaten. They recorded a three-one win in opposition to the Barbados outfit comprising Mark Dowell, Tyrese Knight and Marcus Smith.

First place in the group meant a direct entry to the semi-finals; Brian Afanador returned to action replacing Ricardo Jimenez, giving his team the perfect start against the Dominican Republic, the no.3 seeds.

He beat Samuel Galvez (11-8, 11-9, 11-7) to set Puerto Rico en route to a three matches to nil win. Daniel Gonzalez increased the advantage by overcoming Emil Santos (11-5, 5-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7), before partnering Yomar Gonzalez to a doubles success against Samuel Galvez and Isaac Vila (11-7, 11-6, 11-9).

The final is scheduled for 7.00pm (local time) on Saturday 21st July.

2018 Central American & Caribbean Games Jorge Campos Livan Martinez Any Pereira

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