11 Mar 2020

The boys enjoyed success, the girls hit trouble, such was the outcome for Ecuador on the first day of play, Tuesday 10th March, at the 2020 Peru Junior and Cadet Open in Lima.

Mathias Lecaro, Neycer Robalino and Diego Piguave alongside Jeremy Cedeño were very much the players to fly the flag for the country of sandy beaches, rain forests, mountains and volcanoes.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

Diego Piguave and Jeremy Cedeño duly topped their group in the cadet boys’ team event, it was as expected they were the top seeds; however they did experience troubled times, they need the full five matches to overcome Chile’s Benjamin Alfaro and Benjamin Suarez.

Mainstay of the victory was Diego Piguave, in the opening match of the fixture he beat Benjamin Suarez (11-7, 11-7, 11-9), before in the crucial fifth contest accounting for Benjamin Alfaro (12-10, 11-6, 11-7).

Similarly, in the junior boys’ team event, the star turn was Neycer Robalino but there was a difference; the Ecuadorians upset the order.

Neycer Robalino, the star turn for Ecuador (Photo: Rinna Sansotta)


Facing the no.4 seeds, the Chilean combination of Jeremias Paredes and Matias Pedraza; in the second match of the fixture he beat Matias Pedraza (11-8, 11-9, 11-6), prior to overcoming Jeremias Paredes to seal the victory (11-3, 11-4, 8-11, 11-9). The one further win for Ecuador was secured in the fourth match of the engagement when Jeremy Cedeño overcame Matias Pedraza (11-7, 4-11, 11-7, 11-4).

Third place

Conversely for Ecuador in the junior girls’ team event, the no.3 seeds, Mylena Plaza and Alejandra Vientimilla finished in third place in their group behind Brazil’s Barbora Marroque and Lhays Stolarsky with Peru’s Alessandra Cisneros and Maria Maldonado.

Likewise in the cadet girls’ team, the no.4 seeds, the Ecuadorian combination of Maria Borja and Keimy Anchundia experienced a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Peru’s Luanna Becerra and Alessia Colter. However, the end result was more positive than for their senior counterparts; second place and thus progress to the main draw was achieved.

Second place in the group for Juliana Lozada in partnership Anie Rubio (Photo: Rinna Sansotta)


A notable performance from Peru in the cadet girls’ team event, it was not just one notable performance, it was two; Karla Mendoza, Cecilia Zea Huacan topped their group contrary to expectations. They finished ahead of Brazil’s Victoria Strassburger and Karine Shiray with Colombia’s Juliana Lozada and Ecuador’s Anie Rubio, the no.3 seeds, in third place.

Brazilians excel

Unexpected first group places; it was similar in the cadet boys’ team event where Brazil caused the upsets.

Leonardo Ilzuka and Nicolas Nishimura secured top spot ahead of Argentina’s Gaston Tresca and Ignacio Jaimovich; third place finished in the hands of the no.2 seeds, Peru’s Rodrigo Vigo and Juan Luna. Similarly, Thiago Motizuki and Nicolas Duarte upset the order of merit and added to Brazilian success; they recorded a 3-1 win against Chile’s Alvaro Fuentes and Josthyn Miranda. The Chileans duly ended the day in second position and thus advanced to the main draw.

A successful day for Nicolas Nishimura (Photo: Rinna Sansotta)


Disappointment for Chile, it was very different in the cadet girls’ team event. Constanza Mesas and Fernanda Araneda, the top seeds, finished in first place in their group, as did their colleagues, Sofia Perez and Romina Barrientos, the no.2 seeds.

Leading pairs secure first place

First place for the leading cadet girls’ team, it was same in the junior boys’ team event. Top seeds, Peru’s Carlos Fernandez, Adolfo Cucho and Henrique Noguti, secured first position in their group, as did the no.2 seeds, the Argentine combination of Matias Velarde, Matias Guadalupe and Andres Villalba.

However, life was not easy for the second seeds, they were stretched the full distance by Peru’s José Zapata and Adrian Rubinos. The Peruvians duly finished in second place and thus advanced to the main draw.

First place in the group for Matias Guadalupe alongside Matias Velarde and Andres Villalba (Photo: Rinna Sansotta)


Head of the order for Peru and Argentina as anticipated; it was the same for the no.3 seeds, the Brazilian partnership of Kenzo Carmo and Shim Joon. They finished the day ahead of Tomas Sanchi and Lautaro Sato, also from Argentina.

All team events conclude on Wednesday 11th March.


World Junior Circuit 2020 Peru Junior & Cadet Open Ecuador

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