05 Dec 2021

A third round departure in the men’s singles event earlier in the proceedings at the Cali 2021 Pan American Junior Games, it was not the result for which Nicolas Burgos had hoped; on the concluding day of play, Sunday 5th December, it was more than he could have hoped.

He was the hero of the hour.

by Ian Marshall

The young man who will celebrate his 20th birthday later this month on Friday 17th December, guided Chile, the no.7 seeds, to a 3-1 success against Brazil, the top seeds, in the men’s team final.

Following defeat for colleague Andres Martinez, when facing Rafael Torino (8-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-4), Nicolas Burgos responded.

Fighting for the cause, he beat Diogo Silva (11-6, 11-9, 4-11, 11-6) to level the overall score in the fixture, before partnering Andres Martinez to doubles success (11-8, 11-5, 11-5).

The balance in favour of Chile, Nicolas Burgos secured the title, beating Rafael Turrini in a pulsating five games full distance duel by the very narrowest of margins (6-11, 11-6, 8-11, 11-6, 11-9).

Gold for Brazil

Defeat for Brazil, earlier in the day it had been success, the partnership formed by Giulia Takahashi and Laura Watanabe, the no.3 seeds, recording a 3-1 margin of victory in opposition to Mexico’s Clio Barcenas and Arantxa Cossio, the no.6 seeds.

Laura Watanabe gave her team the ideal start, she beat Arantxa Cossio in a closely fought five games contest, the minimal two point margin determining the outcome (11-13, 11-9, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9).

Brazil ahead, Giulia Takahashi overcame Clio Barcenas (11-8, 11-6, 11-7) to increase the lead before the Mexicans responded to secure the doubles (11-6, 6-11, 13-11, 11-5).

Possibilities of a recovery, such an option was thwarted by Giulia Takahashi; she beat Arantxa Cossio (11-8, 5-11, 11-9, 11-6) to bring matters to a conclusion, the title duly claimed.

Laura Watanabe and Giulia Takahashi, the women’s team champions (Photo: Luiza Moraes, Brazilian National Olympic Committee)


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