Facing competition for the first time on Tuesday, The Bahamas’ Junior Fed Cup team fell to Cuba, two matches to one, at the 2020 Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas North, Central America and Caribbean Pre-Qualifying Tournament, currently going on in San Salvador, El Salvador.
In singles, Peyton Anderson fell to Cuba’s number one player Sachely Carrera 6-2 and 6-1 in a match that lasted a little over an hour. Following that match, The Bahamas’ number two player Kaylee Kanuka defeated Cuba’s number two Roxana Valdez in straight sets, 6-1 and 6-1. In doubles, the team of Anderson and Kanuka fell to Carrera and Valdez in straight sets, 7-6(3) and 6-2.
If it comes down to tie-breaking procedures, in terms of advancing,Team Bahamas could say that it took two sets off the Cubans and won a match. They also won 23 of the 50 total games.
The other player of the three-member team is Kinza Johnson and they are coached by Chelsi Russell, who was recently certified as an International Tennis Federation (ITF) Level 2 Coach in Valencia, Spain.
The Bahamas will play top-seeded Guatemala today in the girls 16s tournament where a win is critical for advancement. The team would be eliminated from advancement with a loss. Just The Bahamas, Cuba and Guatemala are competing out of Group B.
A total of 14 teams are competing out of four groups in the pre-qualifying tournament. They are: The Bahamas, Barbados, Costa Rica, Cuba, Curacao, the Dominican Republic, host country El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
They are competing in group single round-robin play, and just the top two finishers in each group will advance to the tournament quarterfinals. The remaining teams will play in the ninth to 16th placement matches. The tournament continues today and wraps up on Saturday.
Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup are international team competitions for boys and girls in the 16-and-under age category. In Junior Davis Cup earlier this month, The Bahamas was represented by Dentry Mortimer Jr. and Anthony Burrows, and the team failed to advance to the Junior Davis Cup Finals for the Americas. The girls team is hoping not to suffer the same fate.
The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) has sent out a statement expressing well-wishes to the team as they continue to represent The Bahamas in junior tennis internationally.
Junior Davis Cup and Junior Fed Cup by BNP Paribas were launched by the ITF in 1985 as the 16-and-under World Youth Cup, and rebranded in 2002. BNP Paribas has been the title sponsor of the Junior Davis Cup since 2002, before going on to sponsor the Junior Fed Cup in 2005.