Pratt nets title win at Grade Five tournament
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Aug 19, 2013
Top junior female ace Simone Pratt is moving onto a next tournament, hours after netting another title win at one of the highest ranked competitions in the region.
The under-18 girls winner of the Coca-Cola ITF Tournament, played at the St. Lucia Rodney Bay, in St. Lucia, will now head to St. Vincent and the Grenadines for the SVGTA ITF Junior International championships. Pratt’s win in singles came over Breana Stampfli of Trinidad and Tobago, 6-1 and 6-1. Fellow countrywoman Danielle Thompson, who also played in the division, was eliminated in the quarterfinals by Canadian Anjana Suresh 6-3, 3-6 and 6-3.
Sierra Donaldson netted the first title win for The Bahamas, capturing the award in the girls 14 division. Sierra Donaldson defeated Candace Cook of Trinidad and Tobago, 6-0 and 6-0 earlier last week. She turned her attention to the doubles division where she partnered with Dara Sidoine, of St. Lucia. The Caribbean duo fell 6-3 and 6-0 to Amarlia Benn and Gabrielle Benn in the semifinal. Benn and Benn moved on to win the title over Cook and Anya King 7-6 (4) and 6-0.
In the women’s doubles, Pratt and Thompson fell to Madison Appel and Breana Stampfli 6-2 and 6-3. Pratt and Thompson were the top seeds while Appel and Stampfli were the third seeds, who met up with the number two team of Mia Smith and Anjana Suresh in the final. Stampfli and Appel won to a tune of 7-6 (3) and 6-3.
The sole Bahamian competing in the boys 18 and under division was Treajh Ferguson, who was handed an early exiting ticket in the singles division. In doubles, Ferguson and Arthur Stefani played against Stefan Cooper and Myles Schalet in the final for the division’s title. The number three seeds Ferguson and Stefani handed Cooper and Schalet the win after retiring mid-way in the first set 2-2. This was the second match Cooper and Schalet won via retirement. The first came in the semifinal match with Patrick Graham and Marshall Dagostine, 4-2 and retired.
Pratt and Thompson both will find out exactly where they will be slated in the draw for the SVGTA championships. Play will officially start on Tuesday with the draws for the Grade 5 tournament set to be released today.