by Ian Marshall, Editor
However, lower down the order there were surprises, pride of place going to Peru’s Juan Luna Nuñez; notably he beat Aziz Zarehbin of the United States, the no.7 seed (11-8, 10-12, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9) to secure first place and direct progress to the main draw.
Similarly, Sweden’s Jens Holmqvist excelled; he accounted for Ecuador’s Mathias Lecaro, the no.12 seed (9-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7). Disappointment for Ecuador but Jeremy Cedeño more than balanced the books for the country that takes its name from the Equator; the lowest ranked player in his group, he remained unbeaten, the key match being the success against Chile’s Cristian Carrillo, the no.13 seed (1-11, 11-9, 12-10, 12-14, 11-4).
Second place was the lot of Aziz Zarehbin as it was for Mathias Lecaro and thus progress to the main draw. Alas for Cristian Carrillo it was third position, a situation that applied also to Guatemala’s Luis Ton, the no.14 seed; the player to excel being Nanden Naresh of the United States. He posted a straight games win against the Guatemalan (11-9, 11-3, 11-8) to reserve top spot.
United States duo attracts attention
Noteworthy performances; in the initial phase of the junior girls’ singles event, the players to catch the eye were Nicole Deng and Linda Shu of the United States, both remained unbeaten to end the day in pole position. The lowest rated player in her group, Nicole Deng excelled to beat Guatemala’s Mercedes Mendizabal, the no.7 seed (11-3, 11-6, 11-8); the second highest listed, Linda Shu overcame Chile’s Natasha Ruiz, the no.8 seed (11-6, 11-4, 18-16).
Defeats for Mercedes Mendizabal and Natasha Ruiz; however, it was their only defeats and thus progress to the main draw.
Top four secure first positions
Similarly, in the cadet boys’ singles event, the leading names in the guise of Alve Sjoeveld, Mexico’s Rogelio Castro, Sid Naresh of the United States and Ecuador’s Diego Piguave all topped their respective groups as their top four status advised. Success as predicted but there were unexpected names that ended the day as group winners, Chile providing the players to exceed expectations. Sebastian Castro, Benjamin Alfaro and Jaime Lama alongside Canada’s David Mandelstam all reserved first positions contrary to status.
Equally, in the cadet girls’ singles event there were somewhat surprise first places. Chile’s Sofia Perez and Fernanda Arenda finished the day in top spots as their highly rated status advised; conversely, Linda Shu and Nicole Deng in addition to El Salvador’s Angie Orellana and Victoria Guevara upset the odds.
Successful in youngest age group
Meanwhile, in the mini cadet boys’ singles event, Nanden Naresh of the United States, Sweden’s Elias Sjögren and the Dominican Republic’s Eduardo Darley topped their groups; a situation that applied also to El Salvador’s Diego Quinteros. Likewise in the mini cadet girls’ singles event, it was first place for Nicole Deng, Chile’s Sofia Perez, Ecuador’s Maybelline Menendez and Peru’s Alessia Colfer.
Play in El Salvador concludes on Sunday 18th August.