Tennis Nicolás Jarry is on the up. Photo: John Lyons

Published on October 15th, 2014 | by Daniel Boyle

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Jarry Chile’s Sole Survivor in San Juan

With Gonzalo Lama and Hans Podlipnik falling at the first hurdle, youngster Nicolás Jarry remains the only Chilean left in the San Juan Challenger.

Lama, who dropped out of the top 200 to 208, was no match for Facundo Bagnis. The Argentinian, ranked 119, repeated his performance from the Caltanissetta Challenger semi-final, leaving Chile’s top man in the dust. The South American Games gold medalist won in straight sets, 6-3, 6-4 after 1 hour and 22 minutes of play.

Brazil’s Joao Souza (104), was too strong for Podlipnik, winning 7-5, 6-3. The Brazilian will be looking for revenge against Jarry (228), who beat him in a tight encounter in Quito. In what on paper looked an even battle, Jarry smashed world number 227 Arthur De Greef 6-1, 6-4, with the Belgian failing to find answers. Jarry has also advanced to the next round in doubles.

All of Chile’s top three players slid in the rankings, while lower down the charts Jorge Aguilar continued his return to form, rising 41 places to 353. The veteran is leading the way for Chile in the F6 tournament.

Even further down the numbers, Eduardo Lacalle got a boost of 205 places after a string of solid performances in the Futures tournaments. The 18-year-old is now ranked 1,449.

In the women’s events, Daniela Seguel bowed out in the first round of the $50,000 indoor tournament in France’s Joue Les Tour, going down in straight sets to Romania’s Andreea Mittu. Fernanda Brito has had a promising start in Peru.

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