Mexico and Puerto Rico capture gold medals in Rosarito
In the women’s competition, Garcia and Candelas defeated the Mexico-2 team of Martha Revuelta and Vanessa Virgen in straight sets (25-23, 21-17) while Underwood and Rodriguez edged Mexico’s Aldo Miramontes and Juan Virgen 2-1 (21-15, 18-21, 15-11) to claim the title.
The United States teams finished with bronze medals after winning Men’s and Women’s third place matches. Andrew Mcguire and Avery Drost defeated Guatemala’s Andy Blanco and Erick Garrido 2-0 (21-13, 21-14) while Kelly Schumacher and Angela Bryan defeated Susana Alvarado and Lourdes Ramirez of Guatemala 2-0 (21-17, 21-16).
For the Puerto Rican duo, winning a gold medal in Baja had a special feeling, because Underwood and Rodriguez had struggled a lot in previous matches against Miramontes and Virgen.
“We have worked hard and waited so long for this moment, and fortunately we made just a few mistakes”, said both players after the final match.
In the case of García, she won her third crown at home along with Candelas.
“We are very happy for this result, now we have to keep working hard for our near future”, said Garcia who is preparing with her partner for the Pan American Games.