18 Apr 2021

Another mixed doubles pair secured qualification to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games on Saturday 17th April after Cuba’s Jorge Campos and Daniela Fonseca Carrazana combined to perfection on the final day of play at the 2021 Latin American Singles and Mixed Doubles Qualification tournament in Rosario, Argentina.

by Simon Daish

Competing against the odds, no.10 seeds Jorge Campos and Daniela Fonseca Carrazana saw off higher seeded opposition for the fourth fixture in a row with Chilean no.5 seeds Juan Lamadrid and Paulina Vega feeling their wrath at the final hurdle (9-11, 7-11, 11-7, 11-6, 14-12, 11-7).

Responsible for the notable elimination of Argentine no.3 seeds Horacio Cifuentes and Camila Arguelles in the last four (11-6, 7-11, 11-7, 7-11, 16-14, 6-11, 11-8), Lamadrid and Vega actually enjoyed the better of the match’s opening exchanges and looked in good stead: two games played, it was the Chileans who held the advantage.

Their luck, however, was about to take a turn for the worse as Campos and Fonseca Carrazana hit back with a marvellous response!

The comeback should come as no surprise for Fonseca Carrazana had been responsible for multiple comeback surprises in the women’s singles draw, while Campos was a man in form. Pulling level with back-to-back game wins, the Cuban pair then saved two game point opportunities in the crucial fifth to move ahead for the first time in the contest. Sitting 3-2 in front with momentum firmly in their grasp, Campos and Fonseca Carrazana made sure of the win soon after with another mighty effort in game six bringing proceedings to a close.

Victory assured, Campos dropped to his knees in disbelief before embracing Fonseca Carrazana and his compatriots. The Cuban pair achieved exactly what they set out to on a day they’ll never forget!

Cruel luck but the Chileans can leave Rosario with their heads held high (Photo courtesy of organising committee)

Earlier, Campos and Fonseca Carrazana had accounted for the no.7 seeds from Paraguay, Marcelo Aguirre and Leyla Gomez (11-7, 11-4, 11-7, 7-11, 11-7), prior to a straight games victory over Brazil’s Vitor Ishiy and Bruna Takahashi, seeded second (11-6, 11-9, 11-7, 17-15). In the semi-finals the Cubans were at it again, beating Mexican no.4 seeds Marcos Madrid and Yadira Silva (12-10, 13-11, 5-11, 11-8, 12-10).

Congratulations to Jorge Campos and Daniela Fonseca Carrazana on a successful campaign in Rosario, their ticket to Tokyo 2020 has been secured.

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