Good victories for Jamaica's Levy, Bicknell
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
The Bahamas cruised into the semi-final round of the main draw of the World Junior Tennis Championship North/Central American and Caribbean Qualifying Zone Boys' Under-14 tournament when they dismissed El Salvador 3-0.
Jamaica and Netherland Antilles, meanwhile, won their seventh to 12th place quarter-final clashes over hosts Trinidad and Tobago and Bermuda, respectively, both by 2-1 margins.
For Jamaica, Simon Levy steamrolled T&T's Che Sanchez 6-0, 6-2 while Andrew Bicknell downed Scott Lanser 6-4, 6-2 to seal a 2-0 series win. Dylan Levy and his brother Simon then lost to Ross Hackshaw and Lanser 0-6, 4-6 in a match that had little meaning to give the Trinidadians a consolation win.
The Netherland Antilles also started with a win when Igor Pinto beat Adam Turner 6-0, 6-1 but Isaac Brute then went under to Christopher Rego 5-7, 1-6 to leave the tie level at 1-1 ahead of the doubles encounter.
Brute and Pinto then prevailed over Evan Hughes and Rego 6-4, 6-3 to earn the Dutch side the narrow victory.
Jamaica now advance to face Aruba in their seventh to 12th place semi-final while Netherland Antilles meet Honduras.
Playing at the Eddie Taylor Public Courts on Thursday, the Bahamians once again failed to drop a match, to extend their winning streak which saw them earlier dominate Netherland Antilles and Antigua and Barbuda by similar 3-0 margins.
Under scorching heat, Phillip Major blasted Henry Lam 6-0, 6-0 to put the Bahamians 1-0 ahead in the best-of-three tie before Justin Roberts mirrored Major's class in whipping Jaime Molina 6-2, 6-0.
Treajh Ferguson and Major then combined to punish Lam and Jose Armando Flores 6-3, 6-1 in their doubles encounter.