The most anticipated match, the second of the tie, between the Chilean Andrea Koch and the Puerto Rican Monica Puig, was as expected a nail-biting match that was decided after three sets, two of them in the tie-break.
Both players started the match making numerous unforced errors but as the match progressed the winners started to arrive to the delight of the crowd. Koch took the first set eventually without conceding a point in the tie break.
Chile looked on the path to straight-sets win when Koch broke Puig’s serve and held hers to get a 5-3 lead. The Chilean had then two match points with her serve to take the match and give Chile the overall victory in the tie. However, the nerves appeared in that precise moment in the form of an unforced error and a double fault. Puig then stepped up her pace and forced a tie-break that this time was favourable to her.
Koch had suffered a blow to her morale after being so close to practically seal the pass to the final for Chile and this was noticeable in a third set. Monica Puig was a lot more solid in the deciding third set and completed the victory with a score of 67(0) 76(1) 61 in 2 hours and 40 minutes.
In the first match, Chile’s Cecilia Costa had defeated Yolimar Ogando 62 62.
The doubles rubber saw a very consistent performance by the Puerto Rican pair Monica Puig/Yolimar Ogando against Cecilia Costa/Camila Silva that saw them seal the victory in the tie 76(0) 62.
Guatemala beats Ecuador 3-0
In the singles rubbers, Kiristen Weedon beat Joselyn Treyes 61 61 in 54 minutes and Daniela Schippers defeated Maria Paula Castro 62 76(3).
Camila Ramazzini/Daniela Schippers defeated Joselyn Treyes/Rafaela Gomez 76(3) 75.
Trinidad &Tobago beats Dominican Republic 3-0
Anna Liese defeated Luisana Rodriguez 61 60 in 51 minutes and Yolane Leacock defeated Michelle Valdez 60 60 in 47 minutes.
Both singles winners partnered to take the singles rubber against Valdez and Karla Portalatin 64 60.
Uruguay wins 2-1 against Costa Rica
Ana Lucia Migliarini defeated Juli Raventos 63 61 in 63 minutes and Sara Quiroga defeated Ximena Migo 63 63 in 75 minutes.
In the doubles rubber the victory was for the Costa Rican pair Juli Raventos/Mariela Haug over Uruguay’s Maria Jose Pintos/Virginia Sadi 64 75(5).