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The Bahamas remains perfect in Fed Cup play

The Bahamas is sitting atop its pool after day two in the Fed Cup Americas Group II Zone B at Centro Nacional de Tenis de la FET in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

The Bahamian team is comprised of Kerrie Cartwright, Danielle Andrea Thompson, Simone Pratt and Sierra Donaldson. Marvin Rolle is the team’s captain.

On Wednesday, The Bahamas defeated Bolivia 2-1.

In the first singles game, Thompson defeated Daniela La Fuente Strassburger in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-2.

In the other singles game, Cartwright won over Noelia Zeballos in straight sets, winning 6-0 and 6-3. Zeballos is ranked at number 784 in the world and Cartwright is at number 922. It was a huge win for Cartwright as she convincingly defeated the higher seed.

The Bahamians only loss of the day came in doubles as the team of Donaldson and Pratt fell to La Fuente Strassburger and Zeballos. The Bolivians won in straight sets, 7-5 and 6-2.

Head-to-head, The Bahamas leads Bolivia 3-1 from the teams’ first meeting in 1996.

On Thursday, The Bahamas defeated Trinidad and Tobago 2-1.

Breana Stampfli defeated Thompson in straight sets, 6-3 and 6-2, in the first match of the day.

In the second game Cartwright took care of Yolande Leacock, who retired after the second set. The match was tied at a set apiece at the time of Leacock’s withdrawal. Leacock won the first set 6-4 and Cartwright won the second set 6-2. Leacock is ranked at number 1139 in the world. In doubles action, the team of Cartwright and Pratt took care of Stampfli and Anneliese Rose in straight sets. The score was 6-4 and 6-3 as the match was completed in just one hour and 20 minutes.

Cartwright and Pratt combined for four aces in the match.

The Bahamas is in action again today as they go up against Bermuda. Bermuda is winless so far in the tournament.

Zone A includes Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Peru and Uruguay. The Bahamas is in Zone B along with Bermuda, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago.

The winners of each zone will advance to Americas Zone Group I in 2019. The competition ends tomorrow.

Up next for Team Bahamas is the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia. The games got underway with the opening ceremony yesterday.


Simba French

Sports Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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