Photo: Cecilia AncalmoWilliam Kikman (DOM)
Dominican Republic enjoyed a fine start to its Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas North/Central American & Caribbean Pre-Qualifying campaign in El Salvador after beating Guatemala, one of the brightest nations in Junior Team Competition this year.
The top seeds scored a 3-0 win over Guatemala in a battle far more evenly contested than the scoreline suggests. Jose Olivares set the under 16s on their way with a 63 63 win against Ian Amaya, but William Kirkman had to dig deep to see off Ryan Mueller 75 16 63 in the second singles tie. The doubles rubber proved a similarly tough contest, but though they lost the first set 60, Olivares and Pedro Munoz battled back for Dominican Republic to defeat Mueller and Amaya 06 63 64.
Second seeds Costa Rica and third seeds El Salvador also achieved 3-0 wins, defeating US Virgin Islands and Curacao respectively, while Honduras defeated Barbados and Nicaragua topped Suriname by the same scoreline.
Two encounters required a tense deciding rubber on the second day of the Pre-Qualifying event, with the participating nations' thoughts already firmly focussed on the prize of winning the lone spot into the North/Central American & Caribbean Final Qualifying event in Montreal on May 2-4.
Fifth-seeded Trinidad and Tobago won just three games more than Bahamas as the nation scraped to a 2-1 victory. In the deciding doubles rubber, Elan Murray-Mendes and Nabeel Mohammed teamed to defeat Shannon Francis, who had levelled the tie with a win over Murray-Mendes in the second rubber, and Joshua Turnquest 46 76(4) 62.
Less troubled in its deciding rubber, fourth seeds Panama ultimately got the better of Puerto Rico in a match that went down to the wire. Marcelo Rodriguez had required just 55 minutes to level the tie in the second singles match after William Barnes lost to Jorge Ortiz in the opening rubber, and Rodriguez was similarly strong in the doubles as he and Barnes defeated namesake Alejandro Rodriquez and Ortiz 64 62 to seal victory.
In the Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Pre-Qualifying event, Jamaica’s dreams of a place in the final Qualifying event in Montreal were ended by top seeds Cuba, who inflicted their second 3-0 defeat of the campaign after an opening day loss to Puerto Rico. Amanda Gomez and Claudia Carrera did the damage for Cuba, dropping just three games in dominant wins in each of their three rubbers.
Second-seeded Dominican Republic won its opening match 2-1 as Karla Portalatin and Ashley Almonte combined to win the deciding doubles rubber 62 64, while third-seeded Guatemala’s girls defeated Bermuda 3-0 after fending off a determined display from their opponents.
El Salvador, meanwhile, climbed above Barbados in Group D after defeating Honduras 3-0. Paola Carpio was made to work hard in the opening singles rubber, eventually prevailing 75 36 75 against Elisa Guillen, but Nancy Menjivar sealed the tie with a 76(5) 64 win over Daniela Obando before Honduras defaulted the final rubber.
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