TRINIDAD and Tobago’s girls prevailed again yesterday to advance to the quarterfinals of the North/Central America & Caribbean Pre-qualifying Tournament for the Junior Fed Cup in El Salvador.
After brushing aside Suriname 3-0 when the under-16 tennis tournament served off the day before, the trio of national junior champions defeated Jamaica 2-1 to be assured of a place in tomorrow’s last eight.
Barbados, 3-0 winners over both Jamaica and Suriname over the last two days, have also qualified and they will oppose T&T to determine the winner of Group D when the round-robin group stage of the tournament ends today. The top two teams from the four round-robin groups will contest the quarters.
The champions will be crowned on Saturday and earn tickets to compete alongside the teams from Canada, Mexico and United States in the qualifying event in the next couple months. The top two teams from this stage will come up against the qualifiers from all the other zones in the main draw in the second half of the season.
With yesterday’s fixture against Jamaica deadlocked at one, national Under-14 champion Cameron Wong and national Under-18 champ Keesa Lee Young won the deciding doubles match 6-3, 6-3.
The 12-year-old Wong had given T&T the perfect start by winning the opening singles match 6-0, 6-0, but then Jamaican Abigail Pereu kept the Jamaicans alive with a 6-3, 6-1 triumph over national Under-16 champ Aalisha Alexis in the battle of No. 1 players. The quarter-finalists from two of the other three groups were also decided yesterday.
Costa Rica and Dominican Republic followed up their first-day 3-0 wins by also sweeping Honduras and United States Virgin Islands, respectively, in Group C. And in the three-team Group A, Puerto Rico scored a 3-0 triumph over the Panamanians, who had lost by the same margin against El Salvador the day before.
Group B, the other group comprising of three teams, is still hanging in the balance as the Cubans were 2-1 winner over Bahamas yesterday after losing 3-0 to Guatemala on Monday.