Top seeds trounce T&T
TRINIDAD and Tobago were soundly beaten by the top seeds when American Zone III of the Davis Cup continued yesterday at Shaw Park, Tobago.
After trouncing Aruba 3-0 when the tournament served off the day before, the hosts suffered the same fate against favourites Guatemala.
The United States-based Liam Gomez lost the opening match 6-2, 6-0 against Julien Buriguez and T&T's hopes of a comeback were crushed not long after when Tobagonian Yohansey Williams was beaten 6-3, 6-1 by Christopher Diaz-Figueron in the battle of number ones.
Wilfredo Gomez and Sebastian Vidal then completed the emphatic performance for Guatemala with a 6-3, 6-2 triumph over Vaughn Wilson and debutant Luke De Caires.
The top two teams from each round-robin group will advance to the semifinals so T&T are still in contention. Today they will come up against Honduras, who began their campaign yesterday with a 2-1 victory over Aruba.
The other Group A encounter will be between Aruba and Haiti, who were on a bye yesterday. And in Group B Panama will tackle the United States Virgin Islands (USVI) and Bahamas will oppose Jamaica.
After beating the USVI 3-0 on Monday, Bahamas dealt a similar blow to Panama, while second seeds Costa Rica, who are resting today, rolled over the USVI by the same 3-0 score. The winners of the two semis will be promoted to American Zone Group II of the world's premier male team tennis tournament next year.
First serve today is 10 a.m.