Pratt leads list of Bahamian winners at Junkanoo Bowl
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Jul 15, 2013
Four of the eight titles up for grabs at the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Junkanoo Bowl will remain here in The Bahamas, for the first time.
Young tennis ace Simone Pratt secured the under-18 title in singles play for girls, before leaving to compete in a Fed Cup Tie, which gets underway on Tuesday at the Maya Country Club in Santa Tecia, El Salvador. Gabriella Donaldson won the girls 14s title over fellow Bahamian Sierra Donaldson, 6-0 and 6-0. Seirra Donaldson went on to win the doubles division with her partner Africa Smith. The duo defeated Gabriella Donaldson and Candace Mortier, 7-5 and 6-4. O’Neal Mortimer and Aydan Gomez Osorio got the doubles title in the boys 14s division, after winning a battle against Trenton Fowler and Kyle Rolle.
As for Pratt, the number seven seed at the ITF grade four tournament which was held at the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association’s (BLTA) National Tennis Centre, she defeated Sofia Kenin for the girls 18s title. Kenin, who was ranked number three in the tournament, retired midway through the first set. American Kenin battled Elysse Graci, the top seed, in the semi-finals and ended up coming out on top, 2-6, 6-2 and 6-0. Pratt met number two seed Mia Horvit, on the United States, in the quarter-finals, and prevailed, 7-6(10) and 7-5.
Canadian Alejandro Tabilo captured the under-18 title for boys with a three-set win over Toshiki Matsuya. He prevailed, 4-6, 6-4 and 7-5.
Bahamians Christian Cargill, Rasheed Carey and Kevin Major Jr. were eliminated in the quarter-finals. The tournament’s number four seed, Major Jr., fell to Anudeep Kodali, 6-4 and 6-1. Kodali was the seventh seed and Cargill was the number six seed.
Cargill went down to Matsuya, 6-4 and 6-2. As for Carey, tournament winner Tabilo eliminated him, 6-2 and 7-5. Other Bahamians in the draw were Shaquille Taylor, Shannon Francis, Justyn Thompson, Joshua Turnquest, Dylan Walker, Michael Cooper and Treajh Ferguson. Matsuya was the top seed while Taylor was slated in the number two spot. Taylor fell in the first round to Luis Morfin Friebel, 6-2, 4-6 and 6-7(6).
Taylor teamed up with Canadian Jack Van Slyke to win the doubles division. He and his partner played Tabilo and Kodali, defeating them 6-3 and 7-5. Cargill and Major Jr. were partners and fell to Tabilo and Kodali, while Carey teamed up with Pablo Landa Catan and Ferguson with Sinan Orhon.
Horvit and Kenin are the doubles champions in their age group. The Americans trumped Madison Harrison and Elizabeth Sutherland, 6-2 and 6-1. Capturing the under-14 title for boys was Jamaica’s Blaise Bicknell.
In other tennis news, the national Fed Cup team will start play in Group II of the Americas on Tuesday. This year’s team include Simone Pratt, Kerrie Cartwright, Danielle Thompson and Larikah Russell as player/captain. Other countries playing at the event are Bolivia, Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, host country El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay.