HUMACAO, PUERTO RICO: Trinidad & Tobago provided the shock of the day in Fed Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group II as they defeated Uruguay at the Palmas Athletic Club in Palmas del Mar, Humacao.
Uruguay, who had suffered an unexpected loss to Costa Rica on the opening day, continued to slip up in the deciding doubles rubber. They started well, however, and Magdalena Boado got them off to a good start when she defeated Annelise Rose 61 64 in the opening singles rubber.
The islanders levelled the tie in the second rubber when Olivia Bennett battled past Carolina de los Santos 64 63. In the doubles, Bennett and Rose combined to defeat Boado and Ines Kanepa 75 61.
In Group A, Guatemala’s first tie of the week ended in victory as they overcame Panama, who had been beaten by Dominican Republic on the opening day. In the first singles rubber, played by the second player from each team, Kirsten-Andrea Weedon defeated Gabriela Gonzalea 61 63.
In the second singles rubber, which showed off the top players from both nations, Camila Ramazzini overcame a few setbacks in the second set to defeat Karla Contreras 60 76(5).
In the doubles, the Guatemalan pair of Ramazzini and Rebeca Reyes had to come from behind when they lost the opening set to Contreras and Daniela Diez 61. They did so, however, eventually winning 16 62 61.
“It was a good game”, said Ramazzini. “In the second set my opponent raised her game and started to play a lot better, but I did what I needed to do in the tiebreak and I took the match and the victory for my country and my team”.
The strong Chilean team confirmed its place among the favourites for this Zone Group with a 3-0 victory over Barbados, who had suffered a 3-0 loss to Puerto Rico on the opening day, in Group B.
Andrea Koch defeated Kiana Marshall 61 63 in the opening rubber before Daniela Seguel, No. 260 in the WTA rankings, overwhelmed Melena Lopez 60 60. The South Americans completed the whitewash in the doubles when Cecilia Costa and Fernanda Brito defeated Ancia Ifill and Cherise Slocombe 60 62.
“I am pleased to get the point for Chile”, said Koch. “I had not competed since the South American Games because of a swollen arm, so it felt great to be back on court. We are confident that we can keep moving forward and we will succeed”.
The Bolivian team had no problems in their first match of the tournament in Group C, recording a comfortable victory over Bermuda, who had lost to Peru on Day 1.
In the opening singles rubber, Daniela Ruiz faced no problems in her 60 60 victory over Jacklyn Lambert. In the battle between No. 1s, Maria Fernanda Alvarez, who at one point was ranked as high as No. 187 before suffering injuries, overpowered Tyler Smith 60 62.
Bermuda would not be leaving the group stages empty handed, however, as Jacklyn and Tara Lambert defeated Hortencia Birnbaumer and Anelisse Torrico 62 63.
“Obviously this victory is incredibly important because we had to win today to give meaning to tomorrow’s match against Peru. We all played well and we hope we will be able to do the same tomorrow”, said Alvarez. “We are going to give it our all”.