Sierra wins first title for The Bahamas
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Aug 16, 2013
President of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) Derron Donaldson has predicted that three of the four titles up for grabs at the Coca-Cola ITF Tournament, will head back with The Bahamas’ four-member team.
Sierra Donaldson has already netted the first title win, capturing the award in the girls’ 14 division. Sierra Donaldson defeated Candace Cook of Trinidad and Tobago, 6-0 and 6-0. She will now turn her attention to the doubles division where she is partnering with Dara Sidoine. The duo is into the semifinal round at the tournament in St. Lucia, at the St. Lucia Rodney Bay.
Top seed in the girls’ 18 division, Simone Pratt picked up a quarterfinal win over D’Jeri Raymond, from Antigua, 6-1 and 6-0. Pratt will now play Nandu Mandalap who defeated Melena Lopez 6-2 and 6-3. Danielle Thompson, the tournament’s number three seed took to the court against Dominique Coutain in the second round. Thompson won 6-1 and 6-0 and will face-off against Anjana Suresh in the quarterfinal.
In the doubles, Pratt and Thompson will play Michelle Kaplan and Megan Rogers who defeated Kezia Koroma and Cherise Slocombe 3-6, 6-3 (11-9). Treajh Ferguson and his doubles partner Arthur Stefani moved on to the quarterfinals with a 7-5 and 6-2 win over Sean Burnette and Santiago Romanos. Ferguson and Stefani will take to the court against Matthew Foster-Estwick and Ajani King.
“There’s a clear view to the titles,” said Derron Donaldson. “We’ve already won one, the under-14 girls and now we are eyeing the under 18 girls’ singles and doubles titles. I’ve crossed my fingers on the doubles for boys. Treajh is playing some good tennis and should be applauded on his hard work. Hopefully, he and his partner can continue their winning streak, which will put them into the finals.
“I know that I am looking forward to the titles, but if they aren’t able to capture it all, they are still winners in my books. Not too many countries can brag that they have a small team, and all members are in a position to win a title or play in the finals.
“I am still optimistic that it will be an all-Bahamian final for the girls’ 18 singles title. Both Simone and Danielle are playing excellent tennis. Sierra is coming off a win, so she is excited and will play hard in her doubles. As for Treajh, he has a good partner, I can see them going far.”
Both Pratt and Thompson are slotted high on the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) junior rankings list. Pratt sits at 343 and Thompson comes in at 460. Since the Coca-Cola ITF Tournament is a Grade Five event both Sierra Donaldson and Ferguson will earn much needed points, which will assist in their total ranking.