Team Bahamas leads Pool B
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Jul 20, 2013
If Team Bahamas is able to secure a win over Dominican Republic, the national female squad will be promoted into the Americas Group I, of the Fed Cup Tie.
The Bahamas and the Dominican Republic squad were the last to take to the court yesterday evening, at the event being played at the Maya Country Club in Santa Tecia, El Salvador. Results were not available up to press time. However, Team Bahamas members which consists of Simone Pratt, Kerrie Cartwright, Danielle Thompson and Larikah Russell were leading Group B with an 8-1 win/loss record, just before taking to the court.
Sweeping Dominican Republic with a 3-0 victory would give them the elevation needed, for the 2014 Fed Cup Tie. Even a 2-1 victory would give The Bahamas the win in the pool. The win/loss record for the Dominican Republic, before the match with The Bahamas, was 7-2. Trinidad and Tobago had a win/loss record of 5-2; El Salvador’s record was 4-5 and Uruguay 3 -6. Since Jamaica dropped out of the tie, earlier this week, the top country from each pool will be promoted to the Americas Group I. In the past, the top four countries battled in the pool playoffs to see which two will advance.
Currently, Guatemala is the top rank country playing in the tie, slated at 50 in the world. Trinidad and Tobago is 56, with The Bahamas ranked at 60 and Ecuador at 62. Guatemala, Honduras, Puerto Rico, Bolivia and Ecuador are in Pool A.
So far, The Bahamas got wins over Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Costa Rica.
In Tuesday’s affair against the number two seeds in the tie, Trinidad and Tobago, The Bahamas dropped the doubles 1-6 and 4-6. 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.
The Bahamas swept the rubber with Uruguay, with Cartwright getting over Carolina De Los Santos and Pratt stopping Ines Canepa. Russell and Thompson played the doubles match for The Bahamas against Margot Mercier and Magdelena Boado. Cartwright and Pratt took the singles once again, this time over Costa Rica, and Russell and Cartwright teamed up in the doubles.
“Once again, our women’s national team is playing tremendous tennis and representing the country at a very high level,” said Derron Donaldson, president of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA). “I applaud them on the matches won so far, and look forward to the results of the others. I am confident that they will do their best to ensure that the country gets the promotion into the Americas Group I. Larikah is doing an exceptional job as player/captain. Simone and Kerrie are playing great on the singles end, and I am very please with our youngest player Danielle. She is doing a remarkable job, taking into consideration that this is her first appearance at this level.”
Over in Pool A, Bolivia is the clear leader with a 6-1 win/loss record while Guatemala has a 5-0 win/loss.