Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Fed Cup girls in action

TRINIDAD and Tobago’s female tennis players will begin their campaign in American Zone Group II of the Fed Cup in Puerto Rico today.

The Caribbean girls were on a bye when the tournament served off on hard courts yesterday. They are drawn in Group D, alongside Costa Rica and Uruguay. Costa Rica edged Uruguay 2-1 yesterday.

The top team from all four round-robin groups will qualify for the knockout stage and then the winners of Saturday’s two semifinals will be promoted to American Zone Group I of the world’s premier female team tennis tournament next year.

Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Panama are drawn in Group A, while Group B is comprised of Barbados, Chile and Puerto Rico and Bermuda, Bolivia and Peru are the teams in Group C.

Olivia Bennett, who was once ranked in the top 150 in the world in juniors, returns to the T&T team after a four-year absence to make her third appearance.

And fellow 23-year-old Shenelle Mohammed, who lost to Bennett in the final of both the South Open Championships and the Tranquillity Open Tournament this year, is back seven years after making her debut.

Rounding out the team is the US-based Annaleise Rose, the 35-year-old who is wearing the red, white and black for a record ninth time.