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The second competition day of the Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Group II has taken place this Wednesday at the Maya Country Tennis Club in Santa Tecla, El Salvador. The day saw the debut of Puerto Rico, who did not play in the opening day, and also the second victories for Guatemala, Bahamas and Dominican Republic who are now in a very good position in the race for a top spot on Saturday.
Bolivia and Honduras arrived into this second day with a defeat apiece after losing respectively against Ecuador and Guatemala in the opening day. The Bolivians, who played in Group I in 2012, were in control of the tie from the very beginning and achieved a comprehensive 3-0 victory in which all of their players had their share, a real team effort.
In the other Group A match, Puerto Rico had their debut in this year´s competition against the leaders Guatemala. The islanders, captained by Juan Carlos Escudero, could not start with a victory leaving Guatemala´s position as leader reinforced in this group A with two victories. Camila Ramazzini and Andrea Weedon won the decisive point for the Guatemalans with a 46 64 62 victory over Ana Sofia Cordero and Yolimar Ogando.
In Group B, Bahamas and Uruguay clashed to add a second victory to their group record. The Bahamans, 60th in the Fed Cup ranking, showed more decision in the crucial moments and defeated Uruguay, 64th, 3-0. The most disputed of the matches was the first singles point between Kerrie Cartwright and Carolina de los Santos with the player from Bahamas prevailing in three sets 16 64 75 in 2 hours and 11 minutes.
Trinidad & Tobago, one of the top seeds, wanted to avoid a second straight defeat against debutants Puerto Rico and did not give their rival any option from the first point. Annaliese Rose got her country off to a good start by defeating Andrea Brenes and Yoland Leacock sealed the overall victory by putting a 2-0 in the scoreboard. The doubles pair formed by Rose and Breana Stamfli completed the 3-0 that keeps Trinidad & Tobago's chances of promotion to Group I well alive.
Finally, Dominican Republic, who came from a great victory in the opening day, prevented the local team, El Salvador, from achieving their first victory and accumulated their second straight victory. The Dominicans have two victories and are in a good position to reach one of the much coveted top spots on Saturday.