AFTER suffering another defeat yesterday, Trinidad and Tobago’s girls will play for seventh place when the curtain falls on the North/Central America & Caribbean Pre-qualifying Tournament for the Junior Fed Cup today in El Salvador.
Needing to beat Puerto Rico to get into today’s fifth-place playoff, the national junior champions lost both singles matches by press time and will tackle the loser of yesterday’s Barbados/Cuba fixture today.
T&T had lost 2-1 to the Bajans in their third and final fixture in the round-robin stage on Wednesday, but they had already taken down Suriname 3-0 and Jamaica 2-1 over the previous two days to be assured of a place in the knockout stage.
The Caribbean girls were beaten 3-0 by Costa Rica in the quarterfinals on Thursday.
They were competitive in all three matches, but it was a completely story against Puerto Rico yesterday.
National under-16 champion Aalisha Alexis only managed two games against Natalie Perez in the battle of No. 1 players, after Cameron Wong got three from Patricia Vila.
As she had done in all four previous fixtures in the competition, national under-18 champ Keesa Lee Young was expected to combine with one of the two in doubles later in the day.
Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Guatemala had advanced to yesterday’s semis, and one of the four will capture the title today 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.
The boys’ equivalent competition ended last Friday at the same venue with T&T earning their first ever medal in this competition with a 2-1 upset of Dominican Republic for bronze.
Costa Rica took down El Salvador in the final to advance to the qualifying round of the Junior Davis Cup.