24 Jul 2018

Impressive performances, Cuba’s Livan Martinez and Venezuela’s Cecilio Correa emerged the unexpected names to reserve quarter-final places in the Men’s Singles event at the XXIII Central American and Caribbean Games in Baranquilla, Colombia, following the conclusion of the opening two rounds of play in the main draw on Monday 23rd July.

The success recorded of Livan Martinez, who commenced matters as the no.12 seed, was most noteworthy but pride of place went to Cecilio Correa; he commenced play occupying the no.36 seeds position.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

After recording an opening round success against Puerto Rico’s Yomar Gonzalez (11-7, 7-11, 11-6, 12-10, 11-5), Cecilio Correa caused an upset of note by ousting Guatemala’s Allan Gutierrez, the no.11 seed (11-5, 11-7, 7-11, 10-12, 11-7).

Outstanding from Cecilio Correa, it was very much the same from Livan Martinez. He emerged successful on what proved a very fruitful day for Cuba. In addition Andy Pereira, the defending champion and Jorge Campos, both reserved last eight places.

The no.12 seed, after recording an opening round success against Guyana’s Nigel Bryan, the no.34 seed (12-10, 11-5, 11-5, 11-3), Livan Martinez accounted for the Dominican Republic’s Samuel Galvez, the no.7 seed (11-6, 11-5, 11-8, 9-11, 11-1).

A second win in some style for Livan Martinez, it was the same from Andy Pereira, the no.3 seed and Jorge Campos, the no.5 seed; Andy Pereira beat Colombia’s Julian Ramos, the no.23 seed (11-4, 11-6, 11-4, 11-4), Jorge Campos, the no.5 seed, overcame Panama’s Omer Avi-Tal, the no.16 seed (11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 11-7).

Wins with moments of alarm; for major title contenders; for Puerto Rico’s Brian Afanador, the no.2 seed, life was somewhat different. He needed the full seven games to overcome Guatemala’s Hector Gatica, the no.14 seed (11-8, 11-6, 6-11, 9-11, 11-2, 7-11, 11-9) in order reserve his quarter-final place.

Nervous moments for Brian Afanador, for colleague, Daniel Gonzalez, the no.8 seed, life was less fraught as he booked his last eight place. He accounted for Venezuela’s Marco Navas, the no.18 seed, in four straight games (11-9, 11-6, 11-4, 11-9).

Success for Daniel Gonzalez; there were also successes for Mexico’s Marcos Madrid and the Dominican Republic’s Emil Santos as status advised. In the second round of proceedings, Marcos Madrid, the top seed, beat Colombia’s Joaquin Villegas, the no.10 seed (11-7, 11-6, 11-6, 9-11, 8-11, 11-2); Emil Santos, the no.4 seed, ended the hopes of Cuba’s Juan Rondon, the no.13 seed (11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 11-9).

At the quarter-final stage in the top half of the draw Marcos Madrid meets Daniel Gonzalez, Jorge Campos opposes Emil Santos; in the lower half it is Andy Pereira versus Livan Martinez, Cecilio Correa in opposition to Brian Afanador.

Play concludes in Barranquilla on Tuesday 24th July.

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