Photo: Anthony JeremiahPatrick Sydow wins for Aruba at the Pre-Qualifying event
Host nation Dominican Republic experienced mixed fortunes at the North/Central America & Caribbean World Junior Tennis Pre-Qualifying event on Tuesday as its boys’ team suffered defeat, while its girls’ team began its campaign in perfect fashion with a 3-0 triumph over Jamaica.
The host’s boys’ team had enjoyed a 3-0 victory over Haiti on the opening day of competition in Santo Domingo, but saw its early dominance swiftly reversed by Aruba. Kyle Frankel and Patrick Sydow caused the damage for the third-seeded nation as both achieved singles wins before combining in the doubles rubber to sweep the hosts down into second place in Group C.
Costa Rica, Guatemala and Puerto Rico also all managed 3-0 wins in round-robin action, with the latter nation doing so for the loss of just eight games against Bahamas, who became the first team to lose both of its first two matches in round-robin play in the boys’ competition.
The top two teams in each round-robin group in the boys’ event will progress to the knock-out stages in a bid to determine the top eight finishers, with the eventual winner moving on to the North/Central America & Caribbean final qualifying event in Montreal from 2-4 May. Four teams will compete in each event at the final qualifying event, with the ultimate goal being a spot in the World Junior Tennis Finals in Prostejov, Czech Republic, in August.
In the girls’ event, Dominican Republic eased past Jamaica in its opening two singles ties, before Laura Quezada and Alicia Hernandez fought off early resistance from Shea-Ann Kamaeka and Ilana Blackwood to win 36 76(2) 61 and seal a perfect 3-0 start to their qualifying campaign.
Bahamas, who had won its opening tie, proved unable to carry that momentum into its second match after falling to Guatemala, who topped Group A after winning all of its first six sets played in the competition. In Group B, second-seeded Puerto Rico condemned Aruba to its second straight defeat after Julieanne Bou and Andrea Roque bypassed Ashley Poulina and Gina Van Der Veen in the deciding doubles match for a 2-1 triumph - the only match of the day to be decided by a third rubber.
The top two teams in the girls' round-robin stages will compete in a knockout to determine the top six finishers, with the winner heading on to Montreal, while the three teams that finish bottom of their groups face off for 7th-9th place.
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