01 Jun 2019

The day belonged to Cuba, in particular to Jorge Campos; he was very much the player centre stage on Friday 31st May at the 2019 Latin American Championships in Guatemala City.

Earlier in the week his was a member of the successful gold medal winning men’s team; on the penultimate day of play he added the mixed doubles title to his collection in addition to keeping hopes alive in the men’s doubles and men’s singles events.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Cuba totally dominated the men’s singles event, at the end of the day they provided all four semi-finalists.

Jorge Campos, the no.4 seed, reserved his place in the penultimate round courtesy of success against Chile’s Andres Martinez (11-4, 11-8, 13-11, 11-5); he now meets Livan Martinez, the no.8 seed and a player in form.

A determined Livan Martinez (Photo: Montserrat Mancilla)

 

He recorded a third round win, the round prior to the quarter-finals, against Nicolas Burgos the no.22 seed and also from Chile (13-15, 11-9, 11-6, 13-11, 6-11, 11-6). Significantly, one round earlier, Nicolas Burgos had accounted for the Dominican Republic’s Emil Santos, the top seed (11-8, 11-5, 11-4, 10-12, 5-11, 6-11, 11-0).

Impressive Cubans in the top half of the draw, it was the same in the lower half; in the penultimate round Andy Pereira, the no.3 seed, opposes Carlos Hernandez, a player with no current world ranking. Andy Pereira beat the host nation’s Heber Moscoso, the no.13 seed (11-7, 11-4, 11-4, 11-9), the surprise winner the previous round in opposition to colleague the Dominican Republic’s Samuel Galvez, the no.5 seed (11-4, 12-14, 5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8). Not to be overshadowed, Carlos Hernandez reserved his semi-final place courtesy of success in opposition to Guatemala’s Hector Gatica, the no.7 seed (11-7, 11-8, 10-12, 11-6, 6-11, 11-9) and Colombia’s Alexander Echavarria (11-7, 14-12, 15-13, 9-11, 11-8).

Andy Pereira beat Heber Moscoso to book his semi-final place (Photo: Montserrat Mancilla)

 

Gold for Cuba in the men’s singles event assured, in the mixed doubles already achieved. After accounting for Colombia’s Alexander Echavarria and Paula Medina (11-6, 10-12, 11-6, 11-5), Jorge Campos and Daniela Fonseca Carrazana overcame the Dominican Republic’s Isaac Vila and Esmerlyn Castro (15-17, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9) to secure the title. In the counterpart semi-final Isaac Vila and Esmerlyn Castro prevailed against Chile’s Nicolas Burgos and Paulina Vega (2-11, 11-8, 11-8, 11-7).

Success for Daniela Fonseca Carrazana and there was also success in women’s singles event. The no.16 seed, she beat Colombia’s Paula Medina, the top seed (11-8, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10, 11-8) to reserve her place in the semi-finals where another Colombian awaits. She meets Maria Perdomo, the quarter-final winner in opposition to the host nation’s Hidalynn Zapata, the no.17 seed (11-13, 11-4, 11-2, 8-11, 11-8, 11-9).

Mixed doubles gold and a place in the women’s singles semi-finals for Daniela Fonseca Carrazana (Photo: Montserrat Mancilla)

 

Defeats for Colombia, in the opposite half of the draw it was success; Corey Tellez, the no.13 seed, accounted for Paraguay’s Leyla Gomez, the no.24 seed, to book her place in the round of the last four where she meets Chile’s Paulina Vega. The no.2 seed, at the quarter-final stage, Paulina Vega ended the hopes of the Dominican Republic’s Eva Brito, the no.7 seed (11-9, 9-11, 5-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-9).

Progress for Paulina Vega, it is the same in the women’s doubles event; partnering Judith Morales, the pair accounted for El Salvador’s Keren Constanza and Monica Mendoza (11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 11-5) to book their place in the final where they meet Paul Medina and Maria Perdomo. In the counterpart semi-final Paula Medina and Maria Perdomo accounted for Paraguay’s Leyla Gomez and Lucero Ovelar (11-9, 11-2, 11-5).

Maria Perdomo and Paula Medina through to the women’s doubles final (Photo: Montserrat Mancilla)

 

Play in Guatemala concludes on Saturday 1st June.

Entry and Schedule of Play

2019 Latin American Championships: Participating National Associations
2019 Latin American Championships: Entry List

2019 Latin American Championships: Schedule of Play

Seeding

2019 Latin American Championships: Seeding – Men’s Team & Women’s Team
2019 Latin American Championships: Seeding – Men’s Singles & Women’s Singles
2019 Latin American Championships: Seeding – Men’s Doubles, Women’s Doubles, Mixed Doubles

Draws & Results – Team Events

2019 Latin American Championships: Men’s Team – Group Stage & Main Draw (Wednesday 29th May)
2019 Latin American Championships: Men’s Team – Full Results (Wednesday 29th May)

2019 Latin American Championships: Women’s Team – Group Stage & Main Draw (Wednesday 29th May)
2019 Latin American Championships: Women’s Team – Full Results (Wednesday 29th May)

Draws & Results – Individual Events

2019 Latin American Championships: Men’s Singles – First Stage (Wednesday 29th May)
2019 Latin American Championships: Men’s Singles – Main Draw – Results (Friday 31st May)

2019 Latin American Championships: Women’s Singles – First Stage (Wednesday 29th May)
2019 Latin American Championships: Women’s Singles – Main Draw – Results (Friday 31st May)

2019 Latin American Championships: Men’s Doubles – Results (Friday 31st May)
2019 Latin American Championships: Women’s Doubles – Results (Friday 31st May)
2019 Latin American Championships: Mixed Doubles – Results (Friday 31st May)

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