Brazil Continues Good Form at Tennis World Team Cup

Brazil’s women’s doubles team competing (Photo: ITF/Akira Ando)

Brazil has continued their good form at the ITF World Team Cup as they managed wins in both the men’s and women’s events on Tuesday at Aghero in Italy with the Brazilians now topping both groups.

The men’s event saw a tight tie between Brazil and Sweden as the two singles ties were split in straight sets by Rafael Medeiros and Stefan Olsson. The doubles saw an impressive comeback as Daniel Rodrigues and Carlos Santos came from 6-4 down in the deciding tie break to win 6-3, 3-6, 10-6 to give Brazil the win.

France are also undefeated as they are the other undefeated team in the group following a 3-0 win over Australia. The singles were claimed easily by Nicolas Peifer and world number one Stephane Houbet before Frederic Cattaneo and Gaetan Menguy claimed the sweep in the doubles.

Two European teams managed 3-0 victories as Great Britain with Gordon Reid and Alfie Hewett easily accounting for China. Austria left the home fans upset as they easily accounted for Italy in their Pool B match.

In pool C two teams managed their first wins of the tournament as Poland and South Korea claimed wins. Poland managed to get past Thailand while South Korea won the all Asian affair against Japan.

The final pool saw a big match up as Belgium took on Argentina, world number three Joachim Gerard managed a tight win over world number four Gustavo Fernandez, 7-6, 6-4. That was part of a big win for Belgium as they won 3-0 to keep pressure on Spain at the top.

The women’s competition was almost all 3-0 with the all South American tie between Brazil and Chile the only tie coming down to the doubles.

Brazil had a dramatic come back in the first singles match as Mariycoll Duval defeated Francisca Mardones 0-6, 6-2, 6-3. But in the other singles match Macarena Cabrillana won after losing the first set again 5-6, 6-4, 6-3 over Natalia Mayara. That made Brazil have to win the doubles, 6-2, 6-4, to win the tie 2-1.

France managed their first win in the event as they defeated Italy comfortably, 3-0 setting up a tie against the United States to pick the winner. Netherlands cruised against Russia winning 3-0 after a 6-0, 6-0 doubles victory keeping the Dutch on track for their 30th title. Japan cruised to their win, only dropping three games as they won their match against Kenya 3-0.

The quad tournament only just got started on Tuesday with all three matches resulting in 2-1 margins. By far the biggest shock was as Israel beat the United States, while in other ties the Netherlands beat Italy, Japan beat South Korea and Great Britain beat Canada.

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