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Bermuda’s youngsters overwhelmed

Bermuda's under-14 girls came crashing to earth at the North, Central American and Caribbean pre-qualifier for the ITF World Junior Championships in El Salvador yesterday.

The team of Kaylah Ming, Imani Phillips and Kaila Harvey suffered a first loss of the tournament after losing their best-of-three series with hosts El Salvador 3-0.

Harvey, Bermuda's No 2 player, lost the opening singles match 6-0, 6-0 to Ana Sofia Segura.

The host side then clinched the group D match after Bermuda's No 1, Ming, lost against Gabriela Tevez by the same margin in a game lasting 45 minutes.

El Salvador then recorded the sweep after Harvey and Ming lost to Tevez and Kathya Pacheco in a doubles match that also lasted less than an hour.

Bermuda's girls got the tournament off to a flyer after handing Panama a 2-1 defeat on Monday.

Meanwhile, Bermuda's boys team of Trey Mallory, Moziah Selassie and Tego Bean slumped to their second successive defeat after they were swept 3-0 by Dominican Republic.

Mallory lost the opening singles match 6-0, 6-1 against Yeudi Villar.

Bermuda's opponents then clinched the group C match after Bean lost 6-0, 6-0 to Nick Hardt in the remaining singles contest.

With nothing left to play for other than pride, Bean and Selassie lost the doubles match to Johan Castillo and Hardt 6-2, 6-2.

Bermuda's boys were beaten 2-1 by Honduras in their first match on Monday.

The top girls' and boys' teams in El Salvador will progress to the final qualifying event to be held in Montreal in May.

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Published March 26, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated March 26, 2014 at 1:51 am)

Bermuda’s youngsters overwhelmed

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