Havana, Apr 18 - Daniela Fonseca and Jorge Moisés Campos shook the fans of Cuban tennis this Saturday when they monopolized the only Olympic ticket in dispute in the mixed doubles event of the Latin American Qualifying Tournament, which lowered its curtain in the Argentine city of Rosario.
Left-handed and from Matanzas, right and from the capital, he formed the perfect couple to achieve the most difficult dream.
To start, they defeated the Paraguayans Leyla Gómez Marcelo Aguirre 4-1 (11-7,11-4,11-7,7-11,11-7) and then the demands rose before the Brazilian combination of Bruna Takahashi-Vitor Ishiy and they swept it in four sets (11-6,11-9,11-7,17-15).
In the semifinals they passed over the Mexicans Yadira Silva and Marcos Madrid with a score of 4-1 (12-10,13-11,5-11,11-8,12-10) achieved based on aggressiveness, effective setbacks and over all poise with moments of spectacular exchanges, in which the background game was combined with accurate entries to the table.
Everything was then ready to be seen in the final with the Chileans Paulina Vega and Juan Lamadrid, two who had just celebrated individual qualifications and were “lucky” to beat Puerto Ricans Adriana Díaz and Brian Afanador by no-show.
The quota dispute had South American notes in the first two sets, in which 11-9 consecutive sets painted an unpleasant picture for the Cubans. However, the reaction came with punch: 11-7 and 11-6 in the third and fourth quarter even the balance.
The fifth set brought the nerves to the maximum point, the 14-12 favorable to Daniela and Moisés made them dream of having their feet more on the ground… and he became the engine that drove the devastating shot that took place with an 11-7.
Released tension, winning hug and happy for the defeated battle. Moisés could not in the individual and retaliated in the mixed; Daniela became huge at 18 and has reasons to celebrate twice, because yesterday she had made history by winning the second qualifying key for women and being the first on the island to register for an Olympic Games since Sydney 2000.
“They have played world-class table tennis. Spectacular… it was the most difficult event, the one that we did not think of as a possibility,” the national commissioner, Bárbaro Oliva, told JIT from the headquarters, just moments after closing the match.
"We were in five finals looking for classifications and we achieved two, we are very happy ... these athletes are great," he reaffirmed in the middle of the celebration and receiving congratulations from many fans.
Cuba also depended on the contest of Andy Pereira and Idalys Lovet, both eliminated twice in the individual keys, always by better- ranked players.
Andy longed for his third consecutive participation in summer events, then being in London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro 2016, while for Idalys it would have been his first time under the five rings.
Now there is another challenge, to prepare for the tournament in the Japanese capital and look there for the best performance of some Cubans in these struggles. (JIT)