TRINIDAD and Tobago’s female tennis players narrowly missed a place in the semi-finals of American Zone Group II of the Fed Cup last night in Puerto Rico. Needing to beat Group D favourites Costa Rica to advance to today’s final four, the Caribbean girls were edged 2-1.
With the fixture deadlocked at 1-1, the deciding doubles went right down to the wire before Andrea Brenas and Juli Raventos edged Olivia Bennett and Annaleise Rose in three sets.
The US-based Rose had given T&T the lead when she beat Raventos 6-2, 6-4, but the Costa Ricans battled back to force the decider when Ariana Rahmanparast cruised past Tranquillity Open champion Bennett 6-1, 6-2.
This country’s girls, who had upset Uruguay 2-1 on Thursday after the South Americans had lost by the same score against Costa Rica when the tournament served off the day before, will be hoping to finish fifth when the tournament concludes today.
Costa Rica was the only country to reach the semis at press time. The winner of the clash between Dominican Republic and Guatemala would advance from Group A, allong with the Chile/Puerto winner in Group B and either Bolivia or Peru in Group C. All three fixtures were deadlocked at 1-1 at press time.
The winners of today’s two semis will be promoted to American Zone Group I of the world’s premier female team tennis tournament next year.