Simone Pratt hitting her stride in tennis
In less than three weeks, Simone Pratt has netted two straight titles, and has appeared in three finals, at high-level regional tennis tournaments. This week, the young tennis ace has her eyes set on the SVGTA International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) Junior International Championship.
The ITF grade five tournament is currently ongoing in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Pratt is the top seed, and Danielle Thompson is the tournament’s number two seeded player. Pratt defeated Noah Peters in the second round, 6-0 and 6-0, and will now play Jade Hilton of Canada in the quarter-finals. Hilton survived the first two rounds of the tournament, out-playing Nicola Ramdyhan of Guyana, 6-0 and 6-0, in her last match.
Thompson also got a bye in the first round and met up with Kezia Koroma in the second round. Koroma played Megan Rogers in her opener, defeating her 0-6, 6-3 and 6-3, and Thompson prevailed 6-2 and 6-1 in her match against Koroma. The quarter-final match will put Thompson up against Anjana Suresh. That match will be played today. Thompson and Suresh met up last week at the Coca-Cola ITF Tournament played in St. Lucia. Suresh defeated Thompson, 6-3, 3-6 and 6-3, to move onto the semi-final. Pratt won the singles title over Breana Stampfli of Trinidad and Tobago, 6-1 and 6-1. It was Stampfli and Madison Appel, who sent Pratt and Thompson packing in the semi-final round of the Coca-Cola ITF Tournament, in doubles.
In this week’s doubles draw, Pratt and Thompson have partnered again, and there is a chance the two teams will square off again for another crown. Pratt and Thompson are the number one seeded team, and they will play Kylie McKenzie and Ryan Peus in the quarter-finals.
In other tennis news, president of the Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) Derron Donaldson showed his skills in the 21st AID Clay Court Tennis Championships, played over the weekend. Donaldson partnered with Robbie Isaacs to take the open doubles title, 6-4 and 6-4, over William Fountain and Ceron Rolle. Ricardo Demeritte and Larikah Russell won the mixed doubles title, 6-2 and 6-1, over Donaldson and Marion Bain. Yika Fox who outlasted Melissa Roberts, 3-6, 6-3 and 6-4, won the women’s singles crown. Kevin Major Jr. was the men’s singles champion. He defeated Fountain, 6-3 and 6-0, for the title.