The Bahamas defeats Barbados to remain alive in qualifying

With a 3-0 win over Barbados on Monday, Team Bahamas moved into the quarterfinals of the World Junior Tennis (WJT) Girls 14s North/Central America and Caribbean Pre-Qualifying Tournament, currently underway at the Parque del Este in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

In singles, Sierra Rodgers prevailed over Barbados’ top player Shonte Sargeant in a match that lasted over two hours. She won in three tough sets, 6-4, 4-6 and 7-5. In the second singles match, Saphirre Ferguson took down Barbados’ number two player Jolie Philips, 6-2 and 6-2. In doubles, cousins Saphirre and Breann Ferguson teamed up to beat the Bajan duo of Sargeant and Nadia Da Costa, 6-1 and 6-0.

The Bahamas now has a 2-1 win-loss record in the standings, and will face the host nation Dominican Republic in the quarterfinals today, starting at 9 a.m.

In the other quarterfinal matches, Guatemala will take on Costa Rica, El Salvador will battle Puerto Rico and Trinidad and Tobago will challenge Panama. The other countries that participated were Antigua & Barbuda, Barbados, Jamaica, Suriname, Curaçao and Honduras. Teams are seeking to advance to the regional final against the United States, Canada and Mexico, which will be held from April 23-25 on Canadian soil.

In The Bahamas’ opening match, they defeated fourth seeded Antigua & Barbuda. Breann Ferguson won her opening match, 6-1 and 6-2, but Rodgers lost her singles match, 6-3 and 6-1. In doubles, the team of Saphirre and Breann Ferguson won in three tough sets, 6-7, 6-4 and 10-6.

On day two of competition, The Bahamas lost to Costa Rica. In singles, Saphirre Ferguson lost, 6-0 and 6-0. Breann Ferguson also lost in singles play, 6-0 and 6-0, and in doubles the team of Saphirre and Breann Ferguson lost, 6-0 and 6-1.

The three-member team is coached by Marion Bain.

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Sheldon Longley

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.

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