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03 June 2014

Puerto Rico and Costa Rica ahead in Humacao


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By Tom Moran

Photo: María T. OrroGabriel Flores Ruiz (PUR)

Hosts Puerto Rico secured a straightforward win over Bermuda on the first day of action at the Americas Zone Group III event in Humacao.

Gabriel Flores Ruiz got the Puerto Ricans off to the perfect start in the first of their four Pool B ties with a 62 64 victory against Bermuda's Gavin Manders before Alex Llompart Filardi dispatched David Thomas to give the home side the win.

Christian Garay and Gilberto Alvarez combined to win the doubles rubber for Puerto Rico, leaving the team sitting at the top of its Pool as it seeks to bounce straight back to Zone Group II after relegation last year.

Meanwhile, the Costa Rican team was also impressive form with a similarly comfortable win over Trinidad & Tobago. Ignaci Roca Balmaceda and Pablo Nunez Palmieri both won their singles matches, before Alvaro Riveros Quintero and Julian Saborio Madrigal made it a clean sweep with victory in the doubles.

In Pool A, which has only four teams, Cuba got the better of the Bahamas in a closely-fought tie which was decided in the final set of the doubles rubber. Devin Mullings scored an easy victory over Randy Blanco Quintana to put the Bahamas 1-0 up, but in the battle of the No. 1s William Dorantes Sanchez beat Kevin Major Jr. in a thrilling three-set encounter to level the tie.

After going down a set in the decisive doubles match, Blanco Quintana and Ernesto Alfonso Fundora turned things around brilliantly to win 36 61 63 and seal an opening day triumph for the Cubans.

The other Pool A tie was more one-sided, with Honduras seeing off Panama 3-0. Wins for Ricardo Pineda and Keny Turcios put the tie out of reach for the Panamanians, before Turcio teamed up with Alejandro Obando to win an entertaining doubles match.

Tuesday will see Jamaica play its opening Pool B fixture against Puerto Rico, while Trinidad & Tobago take on Bermuda. The second round of Pool A ties will take place on Wednesday.

You can follow events in Humacao this week in detail here.

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