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Dabrowski and Zhao win gold to close out Pan Am Games

Jul 17, 2015
written by: Tennis Canada
written by: Tennis Canada

Gabriela Dabrowski and Carol Zhao won the gold medal in women’s doubles at the TO2015 Pan Am Games on Thursday at the Canadian Tennis Centre. Canada finished the tennis event with two medals after Dabrowski secured silver in mixed doubles alongside Philip Bester on Wednesday.

In the gold medal match on Thursday – the last match of the tennis event – Dabrowski and Zhao defeated Victoria Rodriguez and Marcela Zacarias of Mexico. Dabrowski and Zhao quickly took the first set putting them in position to win, but the Canadians dropped the second set to force a super tiebreak. With the support of the home crowd, Zhao and Dabrowski closed out the match 6-1, 4-6, 10-5 to secure the gold medal.

“Rodriguez has performed well all week, and they made it to the final which means they are a good team, so we definitely had high expectations for them,” said Zhao of Team Mexico.

“It feels amazing, you don’t get many chances to play in games like this in your home town,” she said. “Winning it on home court was really incredible.”

Brazil withdrew from the tournament earlier due to injury, giving Maria Irigoyen and Paula Ormaechea of Argentina the bronze medal.

In women’s singles, Mariana Duque Marino of Colombia and Victoria Rodriguez of Mexico battled it out for gold. Duque Marino defeated Rodriguez in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 to win the gold. The bronze medal match was a battle of the top seeds, No. 1 seed Lauren Davis of United States and No. 2 seed Monica Puig of Puerto Rico. Puig, the 2011 Pan Am silver medalist, rebounded after dropping the first set to win the match 2-6, 6-3, 6-3.

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Play at the TO2015 Pan Am Games concluded on Thursday with Canada winning gold in women’s doubles and silver in mixed doubles. The complete draws and results are available here.