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SACC Costa Rica Open 2022

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$6,000 Women's SACC Costa Rica Open 2022, Santa Ana Country Club, San Jose, Costa Rica, PSA Challenger Tour 5
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SACC Costa Rica Open 2022
Men's Draw
09 - 12 Nov
San Jose, Costa Rica, $6k

Final:
[1] Josue Enriquez (GUA) bt [3] Jeremias Azaña (ARG) 3-1: 11-13, 11-8, 11-4, 11-2 (49m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Josue Enriquez (GUA) bt Leo Vargas (MEX) 11-5, 11-7, 10-12, 11-7 (66m)
[3] Jeremías Azaña (ARG) bt [2] Francesco Marcantonio (PAR) 6-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 (51m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Josue Enriquez (GUA) bt [7] Luis Quisquinay (GUA) 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 (29m)
Leo Vargas (MEX) bt [4] Allan Nuñez (MEX) 11-9, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5 (51m)
[3] Jeremías Azaña (ARG) bt [8] William Donnelly (NZL) 11-5, 11-3, 11-9 (26m)
[2] Francesco Marcantonio (PAR) bt [5] Elijah Thomas (NZL) 7-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 (50m)

1st round:
[1] Josue Enriquez (GUA) bt [WC] Andres Echeverria (CRC) 12-10, 11-3, 11-3 (24m)
[7] Luis Quisquinay (GUA) bt Macéo Lévy (FRA) 12-14, 11-9, 11-6, 10-12, 11-9 (66m)
Leo Vargas (MEX) bt [6] Rodolfo Vega (MEX) 11-6, 11-8, 11-2 (28m)
[4] Allan Nuñez (MEX) bt Santiago Orozco (COL) 10-12, 11-5, 11-4, 5-11, 11-4 (65m)
[3] Jeremías Azaña (ARG) bt Anthony Lepper (NZL) 11-9, 11-7, 11-5 (37m)
[8] William Donnelly (NZL) bt Armando Olguin (MEX) 11-4, 11-3, 11-1 (18m)
[5] Elijah Thomas (NZL) bt Sebastian Fonseca (GUA) 11-6, 11-6, 11-1 (30m)
[2] Francesco Marcantonio (PAR) bt Nick Sutcliffe (ENG) 11-1, 11-3, 11-2 (17m)

SACC Costa Rica Open 2022
Women's Draw
09 - 12 Nov
San Jose, Costa Rica, $6k


Final:
[2] Laura Tovar (COL) bt Lucia Bautista (COL) 3-1: 11-7, 4-11, 11-8, 11-9 (44m)

Semi-finals:
Lucia Bautista (COL) bt [7] Sarahi Lopez (MEX) 11-2, 12-10, 11-9 (47m)
[2] Laura Tovar (COL) bt [3] Diana Gasca (MEX) 11-6, 11-4, 11-5 (24m)

1st round:
[7] Sarahi Lopez (MEX) bt [1] Diana Garcia (MEX) 11-6, 7-11, 14-16, 11-9, 11-9 (67m)
Lucia Bautista (COL) bt [4] Maria Tovar (COL) 8-11, 13-11, 6-11, 11-6, 13-11 (51m)
[3] Diana Gasca (MEX) bt [6] Mary Mijas (GUA) 11-4, 7-11, 11-5, 11-4 (24m)
[2] Laura Tovar (COL) bt [5] Darlyn Sandoval (GUA) 11-5, 11-5, 11-8 (27m)
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REPORTS

Finals

Enriquez and Tovar Victorious

Josue Enriquez and Laura Tovar

Guatemala’s Josue Enriquez and Colombian Laura Tovar took the titles at the SACC Costa Rica Open this week.

Enriquez came into the men’s Challenger 5 tournament as the top seed, and he started his week with a straight games victory over Costa Rican wildcard nerds Echeverria, before then getting the better of compatriot Luis Quisquinay, the No.7 seed, in the last eight.

The Guatemalan then defeated Mexico’s Leo Vargas, the tournament’s surprise package, in the semi-finals to set up a meeting with Argentina Jeremias Azana in the final. He lost the first game 13-11, but battled back to win the second game 11-8. From there, he was in cruise control, dropping just six points over the next two games to win in four.

The women’s title was claimed by Colombian Laura Tovar, who dropped just a single game en route to the victory. She started her week with a win over Guatemalan Darlyn Sandoval, before then beating Mexico’s Diana Gasca in straight games in the semis.

The final saw Tovar take on No.8 seed Lucia Bautista, and the two Colombians were level after two games. However, as the match went on, Tovar was able to win the important points, taking the third game 11-8 before then also clinching a tight fourth game 11-9 to secure the victory.
 
Semi Finals

Bautista Sets Up All-Colombian Women’s Final

After causing an upset for the second day in a row, Lucia Bautista will now face fellow Colombian Laura Tovar in the final of the SACC Costa Rica Open.

Bautista downed No.4 seed Maria Tovar on Thursday, and on Friday, the Colombian got the better of Mexico’s Sarahi Lopez. The Mexican had defeated top seed Diana Garcia a day earlier, but she was powerless to stop Bautista, who won in straight games to move into the final.

She will now face compatriot Laura Tovar, the tournament’s No.2 seed, in the final at Santa Ana Country Club on Saturday. Tovar overcame Mexico’s Diana Gasca in straight games, spending just 24 minutes on court in an 11-6, 11-4, 11-5 victory.

In the men’s semi-finals, Argentina’s Jeremias Azana downed No.2 seed Francesco Marcantonio to make the final. He lost the first game 11-6, but battled back brilliantly to win in four. He will now face top seed Josue Enriquez in the final on Saturday.

The finals of the SACC Costa Rica Open will take place on Saturday, November 12 at the Santa Ana Country Club.
Quarter Finals

Vargas, Lopez and Bautista Take Shock Wins

Sarahi Lopez (right) in action against Diana Garcia
Sarahi Lopez (right)

There were plenty of shocks on the second day of the Costa Rica Open, as Colombian Lucia Bautista and the Mexican pair of Leo Vargas and Sarahi Lopez secured upset wins to move into the semi-finals.

The women’s draw kicked off on Thursday afternoon, and Mexico’s Lopez caused a huge upset, as she defeated top seed Diana Garcia in a thrilling five-game encounter, where she had to come from behind. Lopez found herself 2-1 down after losing the third game 16-14, before fighting back to win both the fourth and fifth games by an 11-9 scoreline, securing a massive win.

She will now face No.8 seed Lucia Bautista in the semi-finals, after the Colombia’s overcame compatriot Maria Tovar, the No.4 seed, in a five-game battle. Like Lopez, the Colombian was also behind after three games, but battled back to send the match into a decider. Bautista eventually won it on a tie-break 13-11, to move through to the last four.

The other women’s semi-final will see Colombia’s Laura Tovar take on Mexico’s Diana Gasca after the pair came through their respective last eight clashes. Beating the Guatemalan pair of Darlyn Sandoval and Mary Mijas.

The men’s event at the Challenger 5 level competition got underway on Wednesday, with Mexico’s Leo Vargas causing a first round upset. He did the same in the quarter finals, getting the better of No.4 seed Allan Nunez in four games. His fellow Mexican won the third to draw closer in the contest, but Vargas was able to regroup to win the fourth 11-5, advancing to the semis.

He will now take on top seed Josue Enriquez in the last four, while the other semi-final in the men’s event will see Paraguayan No.1 Francesco Marcantonio and Argentina’s Jeremias Azana do battle.

The semis of the SACC Costa Rica Open will take place on Friday, November 11, with the final four in both draws doing battle to reach the finals.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected Challenger Tour Events will also be shown live on SQUASHTV.
 
Round 1

Vargas Causes Sole Upset

Leo Vargas puts his name on the board for the quarter final draw

The opening round of the SACC Costa Rica Open saw Mexico’s Leo Vargas take the lone upset, as he got the better of compatriot Rodolfo Vega.

The Santa Ana Country Club is playing host to the Challenger 5 level tournament, and Vargas came in as one of several Mexicans in the draw. He took on another in the No.6 seed, and he needed just 28 minutes to get past his compatriot, winning 11-6, 11-8, 11-2.

Elsewhere on the opening day, Guatemala’s Luis Quisquinay and Mexico’s Allan Nunez both had to win in five games. The Guatemalan regrouped after losing the fourth to defeat Maceo Levy, while Nunez defeated Colombia’s Santiago Orozco.

The Kiwi duo of William Donnelly and Elijah Thomas both made their way into the last four of the competition, joining top seed Josue Enriquez, Paraguay’s Francesco Marcantonio and Argentinian No.1 Jeremias Azana.

The quarter finals of the Costa Rica Open will take place on Thursday, November 10. The women’s event at the Challenger 5 level competition gets underway, joining the men’s draw.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected Challenger Tour Events will also be shown live on SQUASHTV.
 
Preview

Thomas Enjoying Recent Form

Elijah Thomas

The SACC Costa Rica Open gets underway on Wednesday, November 9, with a men’s and women’s draw taking place at the Challenger 5 level competition.

The Santa Ana Country Club will play host to the tournament, which will last for four days in the Central American country.

Guatemala’s Josue Enriquez will be the men’s top seed, having moved into the world’s top 100 for the first time recently. The World No.96 will face competition from Paraguayan No.1 Francesco Marcantonio, Argentina’s Jeremias Azana and Mexican Allan Nunez.

Three Kiwis will be in the 16-man draw, with Elijah Thomas and William Donnelly both being seeded, while Anthony Lepper will face Azana in the opening round. We spoke to Thomas prior to the event, and he is looking forward to keeping his recent form going, along with spending time with his compatriots.

“I’m feeling confident with my game at the moment, I’ve had some of my best results to date in recent months and I am looking to keep building on the recent form,” the New Zealander said.

“These events have been great to get amongst different competition. I’ve played this block to try to get some tough competition outside of my home country and to try get some good results to help improve my PSA ranking.

“It’s great having mates to travel with and play alongside. I’ve known the boys for a long time and we get along well so it makes the event much more enjoyable and we’re able to help each other out throughout the event.”

The Kiwi will be the No.5 seed for the SACC Costa Rica Open, but he is not letting his seeding affect his preparation for the tournament. He is also hoping that this run of events will push him to a career-high World Ranking.

“Being seeded doesn’t change how I approach the event. The main focus is to take it one match at a time and give my best efforts no matter where I’m seeded,” he explained.

“I’m hoping to break the top 200 with my next couple events I have coming up. The main focus to get me there is to take each match as it comes, stay consistent in my preparations and hopefully the results follow.”

Mexico’s Diana Garcia will be the top seed for the women’s event at the tournament, with compatriot Diana Gasca and Colombian siblings Laura and Maria Tovar making up the rest of the top four seeds.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected Challenger Tour Events will also be shown live on SQUASHTV.
 

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