Strong start for The Bahamas in El Salvador
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Jul 18, 2013
Team Bahamas can better its chances at this year’s Fed Cup Tie by sweeping Uruguay and Costa Rica in their respective matches.
Wins over the two countries will put the team of Simone Pratt, Kerrie Cartwright, Danielle Thompson and Larikah Russell, ahead as leaders of Group ‘B’. The quartet prevailed against Trinidad and Tobago on Tuesday and will need to finish strong to ensure that they advance into the Americas Group I for 2014. The Bahamas currently plays in the Americas Group II. This year’s tie is being played at the Maya Country Club in Santa Tecia, El Salvador.
The Bahamas played Uruguay late Wednesday evening, but no results were available up to press time. Tuesday’s affair against the number two seeded team, Trinidad and Tobago, went down to the wire, with The Bahamas dropping the doubles, 1-6 and 4-6, but picking up wins in the two singles matches. Cartwright and Pratt played the doubles against Annallese Rose and Breana Stampfli, after picking up wins in singles. Pratt defeated Yolande Leacock, 6-3 and 6-4, and Cartwright got a win over Rose, 7-5 and 6-0.
Uruguay also recorded a win on Tuesday, pulling off a 2-1 victory over El Salvador. As of now, both Uruguay and The Bahamas have 2-1 win/loss records as it relates to sets, and Costa Rica has a perfect 3-0 win/loss record. The Bahamas is in Pool ‘B’ with Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, host country El Salvador and Costa Rica. Over in Pool ‘A’ are Guatemala, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Bolivia and Ecuador. The top two teams from each pool will be promoted into the Americas Group I, for 2014.
This year’s format has changed since Jamaica is not participating.
“I like the fact that we have started off on the right foot, with a win,” said Derron Donaldson, president of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA). “It is a strong sign for us, especially since the team is playing under a new format. Like the player/captain Larikah said to me, this is just one win. We need to win all our other match-ups so we can advance into the next round.
“This year’s format is a bit different from the other years, where the winners of each pool would advance to the next group. In previous years, the top two countries advanced. These two countries emerged from the pool playoffs. We are all confident that The Bahamas can advance. We played Trinidad and Tobago, they were the number two seeds, and The Bahamas is the number three seeded team, so that is a positive sign for us. We know that Uruguay will be tough. I think our strategy will work, and that Larikah will put the best match-ups together so we can come out with a win. Both Simone and Kerrie are playing great in singles. I am not sure if adjustments will be made to the doubles, but I am liking our chances and the team that is representing us.”
Guatemala is the top ranked country playing in the tie, slated at number 50 in the world. Trinidad and Tobago is at number 56, and The Bahamas is at number 60. Ecuador is ranked 62nd.