01 Jun 2019

A direct entry to the second round of the main draw in the men’s singles event at the 2019 Latin American Championships in Guatemala City for the top eight names; on Thursday 30th May, the task for those who had negotiated the qualification group stage was to join their illustrious colleagues.

Plenty of impressive performances caught the eye.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

The previous day, contrary to ranking, Chile’s Nicolas Burgos, Andres Martinez and Manuel Moya, alongside Colombia’s Alexander Echavarria and Puerto Rico’s Angel Naranjo had all secured first places in their group contrary to expectations.

One day later, all maintained their form, all emerged successful in their opening round encounters.

Most impressively Nicolas Burgos beat Guatemala’s Kevin Montufar (11-8, 11-6, 11-4, 11-9), in a similar vein Angel Naranjo overcame Costa Rica’s José Perez (11-4, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6). Equally imposing, Manuel Moya was in no mood for charity, likewise he prevailed in opposition to Guatemala’s Diego de la Cruz (11-5, 11-6, 11-4, 11-3).

Nicolas Burgos booked his second round place in an emphatic manner (Photo: Montserrat Mancilla)

 

Straight games wins, authority imposed; rather differently for Alexander Echavarria and Andres Martinez life was more testing. Both needed the full seven games to secure victory. Alexander Echavarria overcame the Dominican Republic’s Isaac Vila (11-8, 9-11, 11-6, 3-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-8), Andres Martinez ended the hopes of Puerto Rico’s Gabriel Perez (9-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 13-15, 11-6, 11-8).

The second round decided, in the men’s doubles the semi-finalists are known. In the top half of the draw Cuba’s Jorge Campos and Andy Pereira face Guatemala’s Allan Gutierrez and Kevin Montufar; in the lower half it is Hector Gatica and Heber Moscoso, also from Guatemala, in opposition to the Dominican Republic’s Samuel Galvez and Emil Santos.

Samuel Galvez (left) and (right) Emil Santos face Hector Gatica and Heber Moscoso (Photo: Montserrat Mancilla)

 

Play in Guatemala City 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 (Thursday 30th May)

2019 Latin American Championships: Women’s Singles – First Stage (Wednesday 29th May)
2019 Latin American Championships: Women’s Singles – Main Draw (Thursday 30th May)

2019 Latin American Championships: Men’s Doubles – Results (Thursday 30th May)
2019 Latin American Championships: Women’s Doubles – Results (Thursday 30th May)
2019 Latin American Championships: Mixed Doubles – Results (Thursday 30th May)

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