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.

Natalie Cummings (File photo)

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.

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