Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina reach men's and women's semifinals in Rosario
Paraguay were the other semi-finalists in the women’s section, while Chile made the finals in the men’s section. The event features eight men’s and eight women’s teams.
In the La Florida resort in the city of Rosario, the Venezuelan women’s pair of Rio Olympian Norisbeth Agudo and Gabriela Brito overcame Argentine Olympic representatives Ana Gallay and Georgina Klug in a spectacular match on Friday that ended with a 21-19 tiebreak set. The Venezuelans then breezed past Chile’s Rivas/ Mardones in straight sets. On Saturday, they had no trouble defeating Colombians Andrea and Claudia Galindo 2-0.
For Paraguay, Erika Mongelos and Michelle Valiente beat Uruguay’s Fortunati/ Bausero and Peru’s Serna/ Serna without conceding a set, but they fell to the Brazil pair of Angela/ Val on Saturday. Angela/ Val had no trouble disposing of Peru and Uruguay on the first day.
Argentina recovered from their first match defeat to beat Andrea and Claudia Galindo 2-0 on Friday and the Peruvian pair by the same score on Saturday.
In Sunday’s semi-finals, Venezuela will face off with Peru, while the Brazilian pair will challenge the home side of Gallay/ Klug.
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Among the men, hosts Argentina, represented by Azaad/ Capogrosso, fought back from a 2-1 loss to Venezuela’s Charly/ Golindano to beat Paraguay’s Goyo/ Roger 2-0, Uruguay’s Vieyto/ Cairus 2-1 and Colombia’s Paternina/ Corredor 2-0.
The Venezuelans went on to beat the Uruguayan pair 2-0 and the Paraguayans by the same score to top Group A.
In Group B, Brazilians Oscar-Hevaldo stayed undefeated, while Chileans Esteban and Marco Grimalt won three out of their four matches 2-0.
As with the women, Argentina will clash against archrivals Brazil in Sunday’s semi-finals, while Venezuela will take on Chile.
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