How Latinos did in the first week of Wimbledon


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How Latinos did in the first week of Wimbledon

The first week of action at Wimbledon concluded, with a wide variety of Latin American exhibitions that left some wins and other losses. A review of who follows and the performance of their performances in the highest annual event on grass.

The only one of the 12 classified in the men’s branch who is still in the race is the Chilean Cristian Garín, 25 years old and number 20 in the world, who advanced for the first time in his career to the round of 16 of the British Grand Slam, after beating Spaniards Bernabé Zapata and Pedro Martínez, and Australian Marc Polmans.

Your next appointment? It will be against Serbian Novak Djokovic this Monday. Thanks to his performance, he became the first of his nationality to reach the second week since 2005, when Fernando González got it, and the fifth in the history of the Open Era (Jaime Fillol, in 1974, Ricardo Acuña, in 1985, Marcelo Ríos, in 1997, and the aforementioned “Feña”).

The role of the Argentines was not the best: six of the seven classified to the main draw fell in the first round: the Azulean Federico Delbonis (47th), who never surpassed the debut in London lawn, before the Russian Andrey Rublev; Guido Pella from Bahia (59º) (he will lose the points obtained in the 2019 edition, when he reached the quarterfinals), against the Italian Matteo Berrettini.

In turn, the Rosario Federico Coria (87º) and Facundo Bagnis (92º), against the Serbian Miomir Kecmanovic and the Colombian Daniel Galán, respectively; the Cordoba Juan Ignacio Londero (129º), against the Italian Gianluca Mager; and Marco Trungelliti from Santiago (205º), The only one from qualifying and in its absolute premiere, versus the young Frenchman Benjamin Bonzi.

The only albiceleste who passed the first instance was the Buenos Aires Diego Schwartman (11th), who beat the Frenchman Benoit Paire and the local Liam Broady, but lost in the third round to the Hungarian Marton Fucsovics and, in six participations, he still did not play the second week of All England.

Three more Latin Americans succumbed in the first game: Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas (84th), versus Serbian Laslo Djere, Brazilian Thiago Monteiro (81st), in front of the Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime, and the Chilean Marcelo Barrios Vera (203º), coming from the qualifying stage like Trungelliti, against the experienced South African Kevin Anderson. The only one who said goodbye in the second round was Colombian Daniel Galán, who first beat Coria in his debut and then said goodbye to the Italian Lorenzo Sonego.

In the female branch, only the Colombian Maria Camila Osorio (94th) and the Argentine Nadia Podoroska (39th) participated, although the performance of the cucuteña was superior: She entered the main draw from qualifying and, after defeating Russia’s Anna Kalinskaya and Yekaterina Aleksandriva, qualified for the third round, where she finally lost to Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.

However, her role was historic: at just 19 years old, she became the second of her nationality to play the third game at Wimbledon (Isabel Fernández de Soto, in 1974). For her part, Rosario beat American Ann Li in the first instance and fell to Czech Tereza Martincova in second.


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