08/25/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 08/25/2019 03:55
Peruvian players won three of the four matches on Centre Court during Saturday's first day of wheelchair tennis action at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games, with the host nation's fans able to celebrate Jesus Mayhua's victory in the first three-set match at the regional Games, which has ITF 2 status on the UNIQLO Wheelchair Tennis Tour.
Mayhua defeated Jonathan Tremblay of Canada 6-4 4-6 6-2 after an hour and 48 minutes to become the second player representing Peru to advance to the second round of the men's singles. Countryman Ysabelino Apaza needed just 34 minutes to defeat Eric Deras 6-0 6-1 and progress to a meeting with fourth seed Alexander Cataldo of Chile.
It was a mixed day for several countries as Thomas Venos of Canada eased past Raul Ortega of Mexico 6-2 6-2. A good opening day for Colombia's men's singles players saw Manuel Sanchez defeat Sergio Naduville of Mexico 6-0 6-1, while Eliecer Oquendo beat Ecuador's Eduardo Lopez 6-3 6-2.
There a win and a loss for Venezuela as Miguel Godoy bat Cuba's Oriel Hernandez 6-4 6-3, but USA's Chris Herman proved much too strong for Venezuela's Guillermo Delfino, winning 6-0 6-0 to advance to a second round match against Argentinian third seed Agustin Ledesma.
Godoy now meets world No. 1 Gustavo Fernandez as the Argentinian begins his quest for a third successive Parapan American Games men's singles gold medal. Fernandez has already played a significant tole at the Lima 2019 Parapan American Games after being Argentina's flag bearer at the opening ceremony.
Pedro Perez of El Salvador beat Jose Giron of Guatemala 6-1 6-1 and will now play sixth seed Diego Perez of Chile.
Castillo, Dhers, Kaiser among early women's singles winners
Maria Castillo provided Peru with early success in the women's singles after beating Sofia Fuentes of Chile 6-4 6-3, but there was little for the home fans to cheer in the last match on Centre Court as USA's Emmy Kaiser swept past Carolina Moreno 6-0 6-0.
Next for Castillo is a meeting with USA third seed Dana Mathewson, while Kaiser faces second seed Maria Florencia Moreno of Argentina.
The closest of the four women's singes matches on the first of the seven days of wheelchair tennis competition in Lima saw former world No. 1 junior Nicole Dhers of Argentina beat Brazil's Rejane Candida 6-3 7-5.
Dhers goes on to play Colombian top see Angelica Bernal.
With Candida having come into the Brazilian team following the withdrawal of Toronto 2015 gold medallist Natalia Mayara, Brazil's hopes of again having a women's singles medallist now rest with Meirycoll Duval, who won her opening match against Colombia's Johana Martinez 6-1 7-6.
Duval now plays fourth seed Macarena Cabrillana of Chile.
Sunday's second day of play will feature another 12 matches as the men's and women's singles seeds all begin their medal campaigns.