Tennis: Menezes and Podoroska Win Singles Gold at Pan American Games

Menezes and Podoroska won gold in singles tennis after a three-set final at the 2019 Pan American Games. In terms of Olympic qualification, the two highest ranked eligible athletes qualify provided that they reached the semi-finals. Tennis at the Pan American Games was held in Lima, Peru from July 29th to August 4th 2019.

The women’s singles saw a big upset in the first round as Canada’s Rebecca Marino lost to Brazil’s Carolina Alves. Alves would make the most of her opportunity by making the semi-finals before losing to fourth seed Caroline Dolehide of the United States. The top seed Veronica Cepede Royg lost in the semi-finals to seventh seed Nadia Podoroska of Argentina. The final required a tie breaker as Dolehide and and Podoroska split the first two sets and ended the third set 6-6. Podoroska won the tie break 7-4 to win gold. The bronze medal was won by Cepede Royg whom defeated Alves 2-0 (6-3, 6-4).

Top seed Nicolas Jarry of Chile lost in the quarter-finals in the men’s singles to Brazil’s Joao Menezes whom then proceeded to defeat Argentina’s Facundo Bagnis to reach the finals. The other semi-final match also did not go Argentina’s way as Guido Andreozzi lost to Chile’s Tomas Barrios in a three-set match. The final went to a third set with Menezes winning over Barrios 7-5, 3-6, 6-4. The bronze medal was won by Andreozzi (6-4, 7-5).

As a reminder, all qualified athletes must have a ranking of at least 300 on June 8th 2020 in order to be eligible to compete. Additionally, the world rankings will have priority so should a nation qualify the maximum number of athletes through that method then the quota will also be reallocated. The next continental qualification tournament will be at the 2019 African Games.

Update: As the United States qualified four other women in the singles events via the WTA rankings, the quota won here was reallocated to bronze medalist Veronica Cepede Royg of Paraguay.

Qualified Nations

Men’s Singles
* Brazil
* Chile

Women’s Singles
* Argentina
* Paraguay

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