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20 March 2013

Dominican Republic off and running


MATCH REPORT

Photo: Cecilia AncalmoWilliam Kikman (DOM)

Dominican Republic enjoyed a fine start to its Junior Davis Cup by BNP Paribas North/Central American & Caribbean Pre-Qualifying campaign in El Salvador after beating Guatemala, one of the brightest nations in Junior Team Competition this year.

The top seeds scored a 3-0 win over Guatemala in a battle far more evenly contested than the scoreline suggests. Jose Olivares set the Dominican Republic under 16s on their way with a 63 63 win against Ian Amaya, but William Kirkman had to dig deep to see off Ryan Mueller 75 16 63 in the second singles tie. The doubles rubber proved a similarly tough contest, but though they lost the first set 60, Olivares and Pedro Munoz battled back to defeat Mueller and Amaya 06 63 64.

Second seeds Costa Rica and third seeds El Salvador also achieved 3-0 wins, defeating US Virgin Islands and Curacao respectively, while Honduras defeated Barbados and Nicaragua topped Suriname by the same scoreline.

Two encounters required a tense deciding rubber on the second day of the Pre-Qualifying event, with the participating nations' thoughts already firmly focussed on the prize of winning the lone spot into the North/Central American & Caribbean Final Qualifying event in Montreal on May 2-4.

Fifth-seeded Trinidad and Tobago won just three games more than Bahamas as the nation scraped to a 2-1 victory. In the deciding doubles rubber, Elan Murray-Mendes and Nabeel Mohammed teamed to defeat Joshua Turnquest and Shannon Francis, who had levelled the tie with a win over Murray-Mendes in the second rubber, 46 76(4) 62.

Less troubled in its deciding rubber, fourth seeds Panama ultimately got the better of Puerto Rico in another tie that went the distance. Marcelo Rodriguez had required just 55 minutes to level the tie in the second singles match after William Barnes lost to Jorge Ortiz in the opening rubber, and Rodriguez was similarly strong in the doubles as he and Barnes defeated namesake Alejandro Rodriquez and Ortiz 64 62 to seal victory.

For a full breakdown of the results from Tuesday's action, click here

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