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Unbeaten Rego sees off Ortiz

Chris Rego maintained his 100 percent record at the World Junior Tennis Championships in Santo Domingo yesterday.

Rego beat Puerto Rican Jose Ortiz 6-3, 6-2, and then teamed up with Courtland Boyle to beat Ortiz and Ignasio Garcia 6-1, 6-2 in the doubles as they took the match 2-1.

Billy Boyle had earlier lost his singles encounter with Daniel Eintoss 6-3, 6-4.

The win means that Bermuda's under-14 boys team can finish no lower than sixth in the championships, which end today, a massive improvement on their 12-place finish last year

The girls under-14s meanwhile lost to 2-1 Netherlands Antilles, with Taylor McHarg squandering 4-1 leads in both sets as she went down 6-4, 7-6 (5) to Diymisia Ricardo

Defeat leaves the Bermuda girls with just one win, and playing for 11 or 12 spot.

Overall it has been a mixed couple of days for Bermuda's players, with Thursday's results once again going down to the wire.

Bermuda's girls were made to work long and hard to collect their first victory of the tournament, as they eventually triumphed over the Bahamas two matches to one.

Taylor McHarg and Dominique Mortier split the first two sets with McHarg having to come from behind against an opponent who had a more physical presence.

The Bahamian won the first set 6-3. However, McHarg bounced back to take the second set 6-4 and well into the second hour of play, she broke serve and held on for another 6-4 win.

The second match was an even closer duel, Eva Frazzoni going down in a thrilling enncouter in which she led the deciding set against Bahamian number one Iesha Shepard 5-1 before crumbling.

Shepard had taken the first set 6-4 and Frazzoni the second 7-5 and looked set for a comfortable win as she served for victory.

But despite earning several match points she couldn't close out the match.

The Bahamian clawed her way back to snatch the last seven games to win 7-5 in a match that lasted three hours and 24 minutes.

However, Bermuda won the tie when Taylor and Christina Joynes beat Shepard and the untested Gabriela Donaldson 6-2, 6-3.

The boys team found it hard going against second seeds Cuba but put up a fine performance before losing 2-1.

Billy Boyle went down to Rodolfo Diaz 3-6, 4-6 and it was left to Chris Rego to keep Bermuda in the hunt as he despatched Christian Rodriguez 6-4, 6-4.

The all-important decider saw Rodriguez and Diaz defeat Rego and Boyles 6-4, 7-5 which kept their hopes alive to win the pre-qualifying event.

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Published March 19, 2011 at 7:07 am (Updated March 19, 2011 at 7:06 am)

Unbeaten Rego sees off Ortiz

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