Jamaica end fourth
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):
Honduras beat Jamaica 2-1 in the third-place playoff of the World Junior Tennis Championship North/ Central American and Caribbean Qualifying Zone Under-14 Girls tournament, in Trinidad and Tobago on Saturday.
Playing at the Eddie Taylor Public Courts, Llonka Jimenez beat Michaelann Denton 6-0, 6-1 and Fabiana Vitanza eased past Nia Rose 6-4, 6-2.
For the Jamaicans, who were the highest finishers among the girls for the English-speaking Caribbean, Shaddae Findely and Rose had a consolation 6-1, 6-4 win over Jimenez and Raquel Rodezno in the doubles.
Meanwhile, Puerto Rico will do battle in the next phase of the tournament after brushing aside Costa Rica 3-0 in the first round series final, also on Saturday.
Monica Matias came from a set down to beat Ariana Rahmanparast 6-7(6), 6-4, 6-4 for a 1-0 lead. The Puerto Ricans were then gifted the two other matches due to injuries.
First, Yolimar Ogando won her tie against Mariela Haugh without the first set being completed after leading 3-1.
In the doubles, Chantal Martinez and Ogando also led 2-1 in the first set before Haugh and Rahmanparast quit due to an ailing back injury to Rahmanparast.
Puerto Rico will now will do battle with The United States, Canada and Mexico in Florida, from where the top two teams will then qualify for the World Junior tournament in the Czech Republic in August.