Trinidad & Tobago recorded a narrow 2-1 victory over Honduras on Wednesday to get their promotion challenge back on track at the Davis Cup by BNP Paribas Americas Zone Group III event.
Playing at the Shaw Park Tennis Centre in Tobago, the host nation bounced back from the disappointment of losing to Guatemala on Tuesday by coming from behind to defeat Honduras.
The result leaves Trinidad & Tobago with a chance of claiming the runners-up spot in Pool A behind Guatemala, which would be good enough to see them advance to the promotion play-offs on Saturday.
Having already triumphed over Aruba on the opening day, Trinidad & Tobago must now win against Haiti on Thursday to progress through the round-robin stage and have the chance of reaching Americas Zone Group II for the first time in a decade.
Trinidad & Tobago got off to a slow start on Wednesday as Alejandro Obando defeated Liam Gomez 64 62 to give Honduras an early lead, but Vaughn Wilson quickly restored order for the hosts by overcoming Ricardo Pineda 63 62.
“From the beginning I just tried to be solid, just stay focussed and save every point,” said Wilson. “I was prepared to stay out for the entire day just to win. I went down a break in the second set, broke back, got broken again, then I just had to fight and stay positive. I tried to maintain a presence.”
The deciding doubles rubber saw Gomez back in action alongside Yohansey Williams, taking on the Honduras duo of Marco Osorio and Keny Turcios. This time Gomez was more focussed and, much to the delight of the home fans, the pair from Trinidad & Tobago prevailed 64 62 in 1 hour 50 minutes.
“This morning while we were coming up to the courts we heard on the local radio station that a caller made some negative comments about our team and our fighting spirit,” said Williams.
“This win shows the team is a battling one, given that we were down 1-0 and under pressure then coming back to win the next two matches and take the tie 2-1. That speaks of the temperament of the team.
“We are young and we are still learning and we have many upsides. We were also disappointed with our 3-0 (loss to Guatemala on Tuesday) in front of our home fans, but we rebounded to win today which shows the toughness of this team.”
In the day’s other Pool A tie, Haiti inflicted a third straight defeat on Aruba as they strolled to a 3-0 victory. Haiti have also lost to Guatemala, so Thursday’s clash with Trinidad & Tobago will be crucial in deciding the final positions.
Gonzales Austin and Olivier Sajous both clinched singles wins for Haiti to condemn Aruba to another loss. Austin hammered Gian Hodgson 62 61 in just 52 minutes, although Sajous needed three sets to overcome Ibian Hodgson 63 36 61. Sajous then partnered Joel Allen to complete the whitewash against Gian Hodgson and Mitchell de Jong 64 64.
In Pool B, Jamaica ended Bahamas's perfect start to the competition by recording a hard fought 2-1 win. Jamaica had lost their opening tie to table-topping Costa Rica, so victory over Bahamas was essential to keep their promotion hopes alive.
Dominic Pagon held his nerve to draw first blood for Jamaica, beating Rodney Carey 63 16 76(5), but Marvin Rolle levelled proceedings for Bahamas with a 63 75 win over Brandon Burke.
The same four singles players then took to the doubles court and a three-set battle ensued. The Jamaican couple of Burke and Pagon came out on top despite dropping the second set, eventually winning 63 16 63 in 1 hour 48 minutes.
The remaining tie saw Panama get off the mark with a 3-0 victory over US Virgin Islands, who are yet to win a rubber this week. Walner Espinoza and Luis Fernando Garcia recorded singles wins, before Espinoza successfully teamed up Juan-Jose Fuentes on the doubles court.
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