Lingo onto Fed Cup team
LEE-ANNE LINGO picked up right where she left off the day before to march onto the Fed Cup team yesterday at national trials, National Tennis Centre, Tacarigua.
After cruising past this year’s national champion Amanda Soo Ping Chow 6-1, 6-2 when the trials served off on Friday, the 2011 national champ was even more stingy on this occasion, as she emphatically prevailed 6-1, 6-1 to wrap up their best-of-three series in two straight matches.
The top two of the three players involved in the trials were guaranteed places on the team for the Fed Cup competition in April, and Soo Ping Chow and fellow United States-based university student Lingo joined automatic selection Yolande Leacock.
Soo Ping Chow had beaten Trevine Sellier 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 on Friday, but won by default yesterday as the former Fed Cup player withdrew with injury.
The 18-year-old will be playing Fed Cup for the first time, but it will be the fourth appearance for the 21-year-old Lingo, who did not allow Sellier a single game on Friday.
Leacock, ranked #1,068 in the world at the end of last year, is less than two weeks shy of her 23rd birthday and the Tobagonian only made her debut at this level this year.
The Tennis Association of Trinidad and Tobago (TATT) also scheduled Davis Cup trials, but only two players turned up and Tobagonians Vaughn Wilson and Jovani Lewis ended up being picked automatically. They still competed in a best-of-three series and Wilson won 6-3, 6-3 on Friday and 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 yesterday.
The 21-year-old national champ has already played Davis Cup on three occasions, but it will be the first appearance for the left-handed Lewis, who is about a year younger.
TATT still has time to select the other player as American Zone Group III of the world’s premier male team tennis competition does not take place until the first week in June.
Nine countries—Bahamas, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico—are scheduled to do battle in Puerto Rico from June 2-7 and the top two will advance to Group II in 2015.
American Zone II of the Fed Cup will also take place on hard courts in Puerto Rico and the top two of the 12 countries—Barbados, Bermuda, Bolivia, Chile, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, T&T, Uruguay, Puerto Rico —will be promoted to Group I of the world’s premier female team tennis tournament in 2015.