Pratt slams home third consecutive title
Guardian Sports Reporter
Published: Aug 24, 2013
It was another crowning moment for Simone Pratt who captured the SVGTA ITF Junior International championship yesterday.
The top seed at the Grade Five tournament that was staged in St. Vincent and the Grenadines placed Pratt up against Breana Stampfli of Trinidad and Tobago, in the final. The Bahamian top ace, on the junior level, defeated Stampfli 6-2 and 6-1. This is the second consecutive tournament where Pratt won over Stampfli. A week ago, at the Coca-Cola ITF Tournament played in St. Lucia Rodney Bay, in St. Lucia, Pratt secured a 6-1 and 6-1 win over the Trinidadian. In an ironic twist, Pratt now heads to Scarborough, Tobago to play in the Tobago ITF Grade Five tournament. Pratt along with fellow Bahamians Danielle Thompson and Erin Strachan were accepted into the main draw, with Pratt being the number one seed. Thompson is the number two seed and Strachan is slated in the ninth spot.
It is not known if Pratt and Thompson will pair up for the doubles, like they’ve done in the previous three tournaments. In the most recent one, the SVGTA ITF Junior International championship, Americans Kylie McKenzie and Ryan Peus 7-5 and 6-1 eliminated the Bahamian duo in the quarterfinals. Thompson also fell to Anjana Suresh in the quarterfinal round of singles play at the St. Lucian tournament.
The official draws for the Tobago ITF Grade Five tournament will be released on Monday. It is noted that both Rasheed Carey and Christian Cargill withdrew from the tournament.
Shaquille Taylor will try to play his way through the qualifying rounds at the Canadian Open Junior Championships, which will get on the way this weekend in Canada. He is the sole Bahamian competing at the tournament.
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