Argentinian qualifier Robertino Pezzota ended a one-year hiatus from
the PSA World Tour by lifting the Decker Camiones & Canal 10 MDP TV
Tour de las Americas - Mar del Plata Open, PSA M5 title with a
stunning win over top seed Leandro Romiglio.
Pezzota didn’t drop a game en route to the final, with wins over
Dairo Sandoval, Gonzalo Miranda and Edgar Zayas seeing him set up a
final clash with World No.99 Romiglio.
Both players played a patient nature of squash in the opening game
as they adopted an attritional style in an attempt to draw out
errors from each other.
World No.451 Pezzota narrowly took the opener before engineering
some breathing space for himself in the second to double his
An improved Romiglio clawed a game back in the third, but Pezzota
came storming back a game later to close out an 11-9, 11-5, 6-11,
11-8 victory and capture a fourth PSA World Tour title in his last
The quarter-final of the Decker Camiones & Canal 10 MDP TV Tour De
Las Americas – Mar Del Plata Open took place on Thursday May 13,
with Edgar Zayas causing the day’s biggest upset courtesy of a win
over third seed Diego Gobbi to cement a semi final berth.
Zayas was in sterling form and is yet to drop a game in the
tournament after following up his 3-0 victory over Daniel Alejandro
Lomaglio with a similarly impressive straight games win over Gobbi.
The World No.244 triumphed by taking each game 11-4 and his reward
is a semi-final match with qualifier Robertino Pezzota, who
dispatched Gonzalo Miranda in an all-Argentine affair.
Title favourite Leandro Romiglio is also through to the last four
after he wrapped up a 3-0 victory over Mexican counterpart Bryan
He will line up against Juan Gomez Dominguez for a place in the
final after he overcame a tricky challenge in the form of Colombia’s
Santiago Orozco Parra.
Argentinian qualifier Gonzalo Miranda caused a huge shock in the
opening round of the Decker Camiones & Canal 10 MDP TV Tour de las
Americas – Mar del Plata Open, PSA M5 tournament after stunning
second seed Andres Herrera to reach the quarter-final of a PSA World
Tour event for the first time since 2014.
After edging the opening game, World No.451 Miranda stormed into a
commanding 7-1 lead in the second and resisted an attempted
fightback from Herrera to double his lead. The 27-year-old was
highly consistent in the third and final game and rattled off a
number of devastating drops and drives to complete a sublime 11-9,
11-5, 11-2 victory over an opponent ranked 314 places above him in
the World Rankings.
He will go up against compatriot Robertino Pezzota in the
quarter-final, with Pezzota also vanquishing a Colombian, Dairo
Sandoval, in straight games.
Number one seed Leandro Romiglio joins his fellow Argentines in the
last eight after seeing off wildcard Juan Pablo Roude 3-0. Romiglio
injected plenty of pace into proceedings as a flurry of attacking
shots gave Roude very little time on the ball. Romiglio is on a hot
streak of form after lifting a second PSA World Tour title last
month at the Assore Central Gauteng Open, and will play Bryan Cueto
next, who defeated Erick Herrera in five games.
Brazil’s Diego Gobbi overcame his first round opponent relatively
comfortably after powering to a win in three against Federico Cioffi.
The World No.197 dropped just four points across games one and two,
and fended off a late resurgence from Cioffi to record the victory.
Mexico’s Edgar Zayas will be his quarter-final opponent after he saw
off Daniel Alejandro Lomaglio.
Santiago Orozco Parra was the only Colombian not to fall by the
wayside as he came through a gargantuan encounter with fourth seed
Stuart Hadden to reach the next round. The 18-year-old went 2-1
down, losing the second game 18-16 along the way, but recovered
magnificently to force through the win and set up a last eight
fixture with Juan Gomez Dominguez, who conquered Matias Valenzuela.
The final qualifying round of the Decker Camiones & Canal 10 MDP TTour de las Americas – Mar del Plata Open, PSA M5 tournament saw
local player Matias Valenzuela come up with a huge upset against
2015 Pan American Games bronze medallist Rodrigo Pezzota to reach
the main draw.
Valenzuela found himself 2-1 down to the World No.451 after a
breathless start to the match but battled back with renewed vigour
to complete the win with a sensational 13-11, 9-11, 10-12, 11-8,
13-11 scoreline, securing his main draw participation in the
His victory sets up a first round fixture with Mexico’s Juan Gomez
Dominguez, with Dominguez appearing at his first PSA World Tour main
draw of 2016.
Argentina’s Gonzalo Miranda moved through to the main draw courtesy
of a 3-1 triumph over Ignacio Gutierrez Keen. Miranda swept to the
opening two games in a virtuoso display before fending off late
interest from his opponent to close out the win. Second seed Andres
Herrera will go head-to-head with Miranda as he makes his first PSA
World Tour appearance since he faced World No.1 Mohamed Elshorbagy
in February’s Taeq SquashColombia PSA Open.
Federico Cioffi and Nicolas Caballero clashed in an exciting
five-game battle with the former throwing away a 2-0 lead, only to
rally in the decider to force the win over the line and set up a
main draw meeting with Brazil’s Diego Gobbi.
Robertino Pezzota, brother of the vanquished Rodrigo, was the other
final qualifying round victor with his routine victory over
Francesco Marcantonio seeing him through to face Dairo Sandoval in
the next round.