Edghill beats Gomez 4-1 to advance; defeat for Cummings
Guyanese Chelsea Edghill on Thursday morning recorded the country’s first victory in the Latin American Singles and Mixed Doubles, a qualification event for the Tokyo Olympics. Playing in the Women’s Singles in Rosario, Argentina, Edghill won 4-1 against Leyla Gomez of Paraguay.
The Portugal-based Edghill, widely regarded as having Guyana’s best chance of sealing an Olympic berth, won the first three sets 11-8, 11-6, 17-15, before Gomez won the fourth 11-7. Edghill closed the five-setter with an 11-5 success.
The victory secured Edghill’s passage to the next round, where she will face Mabelyn Enriquez of Guatemala later on Thursday.
Meanwhile, Guyana’s national champion Natalie Cummings lost a hard-fought game against Nathaly Paredes of Ecuador 4-2.
Paredes took the first two sets 13-11, 11-9, while Cummings won the third 11-8. Paredes extended her lead with an 11-5 win, before Cummings won the fifth 11-9. Paredes then sealed the win with an 11-6 scoreline.
The other Guyanese- Shemar Britton and Joel Alleyne- are currently in action against Alexander Echavarria and Cecilio Correa respectively.