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Fast start for The Bahamas in Peru

Team Bahamas wasted little time in handling Barbados as the Americas Zone Group II of Fed Cup play got underway yesterday at the Tennis Club Las Terrazas, in Lima, Peru.

The Bahamas won easily, 3-0, and will play Trinidad & Tobago today, in an opportunity to secure the top spot in Pool B, and set up a match against the Pool A winner for the right to advance to the Americas Zone Group I for 2020.

In the first match of the day on Wednesday, Danielle Thompson took down Melena Lopez, 6-0 and 6-0. It was the same result for player/captain Kerrie Cartwright as she held Tangia Riley-Codrington without a game, winning easily 6-0 and 6-0.

In doubles, the team of Sydney Clarke and Sierra Donaldson needed three sets to take down the team of Lopez and Chloe Weekes. They won, 7-5, 6-7(1) and 7-5. The Bahamas is now a perfect 3-0 against Barbados in Fed Cup play, dating back to 1996.

A total of 11 nations are competing at two different venues, with six taking part in Lima, and five competing in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

The six teams in Lima (The Bahamas, Barbados, Bolivia, Panama, host country Peru and Trinidad & Tobago) are split in two different pools – Pool A and Pool B. The winner of each pool will play each other to determine which nation will advance to the Americas Zone Group I for 2019.

In Santo Domingo, the five teams are Cuba, host nation Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Uruguay and Venezuela. They will compete in one pool, with the winner of the group promoted to the Americas Zone Group I.

As for the four-member Team Bahamas, it certainly doesn’t get any easier for them as they face off against Trinidad & Tobago in the single round-robin tournament today. A win against Trinidad & Tobago would set up a match between The Bahamas and the winner of Pool A for the right to advance to the Americas Zone Group I for 2020.

The event is being played on the clay courts of the Tennis Club Las Terrazas in Lima.

Sports Editor at The Nassau Guardian
Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.
Education: College of The Bahamas, Associates in Accounting
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