With an inaugural act, where the ballboys, line judges, referee, umpires and the different delegations lined up in front of the crowd in Medellín, Americas Zone Group I started.
Canada, Colombia, Brazil and Paraguay are the first winners
Canada, Colombia, Brazil and Paraguay moved to the top of the Americas Zone Group I tables after victories over their opponents.
Sharon Fichman and Eugenie Bouchard
Canada, with Sharon Fichman against Katherine Miranda of Peru, claimed the first point of the day when Fichman triumphed 62 62. The next game between the two nations saw Eugenie Bouchard overcome Patricia Ku 64 63.
The doubles rubber pitted Gabriela Dabrowski and Sharon Fichman against Ferny Angeles and Ximena Siles. The Canadians triumphed 62 61.
Venezuelans valiant in defeat
Catalina Castano was first up for Colombia against Venezuela’s Andrea Gamiz. Castano won 75 61 in a match which shocked the fans because Gamiz had plenty of opportunities, including leading 4-1 40-0 in the first set.
Catalina said “I knew she would be quite a tricky opponent. Fortunately, things went my way. When I was behind I had to tell myself off because at times I felt asleep and so I had to say I’m serving so serve”.
Talking about the result, Andrea Gamiz, who gave a great account of herself in front of the fans, said: “I knew it would be a very hard match, I wasted a few opportunities and later I found it very difficult to create any chances. For me it was a shock to be leading Catalina but then she came back. I tried to play a little more organised and give myself a marker but my nerves got the better of me and I started to miss”.
The second rubber between Colombian Mariana Duque and Adriana Perez of Venezuela went the way of the Colombian in a 61 75 victory. “It was a competitive match. I tried to battle against the altitude which is quite difficult to control. I think I lacked a bit of experience and was a little bit cold on the court” said Perez.
In the doubles, Catalina Castano and Mariana Duque played Andrea Gamiz and Adriana Perez. The Colombians won 62 64.
Brazil and Paraguay start strongest in Group B
The Brazilian team sit atop Group B after overpowering Chile 3-0. In the singles rubbers, Paula Cristina Goncalves opened proceedings against Cecilia Costa, winning the rubber 46 63 61, and Teliana Pereira, Brazil’s No. 1, secured the tie, overcoming Fernanda Brito 75 61.
All four players played again in the doubles rubber and the Brazilian pair sealed a 3-0 victory, winning 62 62.
In the first rubber between Paraguay and Mexico, Marcela Zacarias gave Mexico the advantage after her victory over Paraguay’s Liz Camila Giangreco 63 36 63. In the second rubber, Veronica Cepede Royg levelled the tie when she defeated Ana Sofia Sanchez 75 75.
In the doubles rubber, Veronica Cepede Royg and Montserrat Gonzalez, representing Paraguay, took on the Mexican duo of Ximena Hermoso and Ana Paula de la Pena. Paraguay emerged victorious, winning the rubber 63 63, and, with it, the tie 2-1.
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