Even though Colombia and Canada are yet to face each other in the Americas Zone Group I, the spectators at the Country Club de Ejecutivos are treating them as finalists. After their matches on the first two days of the competition in Medellín, Colombia, because of their excellent results, they have increased the level of expectation surrounding the match that will take place on Friday at 10:00 local time.
Canada defeat Venezuela 3-0 and share top spot of Group A with Colombia, who defeated Peru
Canada had an easy tie and Sharon Fichman eased to victory over Andrea Gamiz 62 63 in the first rubber. There were fewer problems for Eugenie Bouchard in the second match as she dispatched Adriana Perez 61 63. The final rubber saw Gabriela Dabrowski and Stephanie Dubois of Canada take on Venezuela’s Carmen Blanco and Gabriela de Santis, with the Canadians winning 60 61.
Meanwhile, Catalina Castano of Colombia and Katherine Miranda of Peru were battling it out on court. However, the battle didn’t last long, with the Colombian winning 62 60.
After Colombia’s excellent start in the tie, it was assumed the second match between Mariana Duque and Patricia Ku would follow in much the same way, but this watch a much closer rubber.
The Colombian made a steady start, taking the opening set 64, but Ku fought back in the second set, winning it in a tiebreak. The rubber lasted an hour and forty minutes and, in a hard-fought third set, it was the Colombian Duque who won the final set 63, giving her a 64 67 63 victory.
Paraguay and Brazil fight for a place in the Group B final
Paula Cristina Goncalves of Brazil was given the responsibility of getting Brazil off to the best start possible against Mexico when she took on Ana Sofia Sanchez. Goncalves won 62 64, handing Brazil a 1-0 lead. Next up was Teliana Pereira, Brazil’s No. 1, against Ximena Hermoso in a match that followed much the same course, with Pereira winning 62 63. In the doubles, Paula Cristina Goncalves and Teliana Periera sealed a 3-0 victory when they defeated Ana Paula de la Pena and Marclea Zacarias 60 63.
In the tie between Paraguay and Chile, the opening match between Paraguay’s Montserrat Gonzalez and Cecilia Costa of Chile eventually went the way of Montserrat with a 46 61 63 victory. “We had never played against Paraguay, it was a match full of ups and downs, however, she played very well” said Costa after the match.
Motserrat said “This victory was very important. It was my first singles match here in Fed Cup. I played well and I am very happy. I had never played against Cecilia but I know her very well and I knew she would be a tough opponent”.
The second match saw Veronica Cepede take on Fernanda Brito. Cepede won 60 46 62. “Fortunately, we’re going well and have won all our matches. Next up is Brazil who we thought from the start would be harder. Tomorrow, we will see”.
In the doubles, Veronica Cepede and Montserrat Gonzalez defeated the Chileans Cecilia Costa and Andrea Koch 60 61.
Colombia v Canada
Peru v Venezuela
Paraguay v Brazil
Chile v Mexico