August 5th, 2019

Dolehide, Florida’s Arconada Medal at Pan American Games Tennis

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Caroline Dolehide claimed gold and silver over the weekend at the Pan American Games, winning silver in singles a day after claiming the doubles gold in Lima, Peru.

The No. 4-seeded Dolehide in the singles final fell to No. 7 seed Nadia Podoroska of Argentina 2-6, 6-3, 7-6(4).

By nature of reaching the singles final, Dolehide gave herself an outside shot at qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, as she’d earn a spot on the American team if four U.S. women don’t earn direct acceptance via the ranking on June 8, 2020.

Dolehide was the top seed in doubles with Usue Arconada of Naples, Fla., in the gold medal final defeating unseeded Veronica Cepede Royg and Montserrat Gonzalez of Paraguay 6-0, 6-4. The 20-year-olds are the first American gold medalists in women’s doubles at the Pan Am Games since Pam Shriver and Donna Faber in 1991 in Havana.

Dolehide entered the week at No. 101 on the WTA singles rankings, and Arconada at No. 171 on the WTA doubles rankings.

The Pan American Games are sports competitions for countries in North, South and Central America held every four years in the year prior to the Olympic Games. The games featured men’s and women’s singles and doubles and mixed doubles competition on the red clay courts of Lima’s Lawn Tennis Club. More than 6,000 athletes from 41 countries competed across 36 sports.

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