Bermuda rebound with crushing win over Trinidad
Bermuda returned to winning ways to get their promotion hopes back on track on day three of the International Tennis Federation/Central American and Caribbean Tennis Confederation Under-12 tournament in the Dominican Republic yesterday.
The island’s team consisting of Jaden Jones, Tristan Pettit and Dexter Snaith virtually had things all their own way in an emphatic 3-0 victory over No 2 seeds Trinidad & Tobago.
Pettit lost only one game in a convincing 6-0, 6-1 win over Connor Carrington in the opening singles match to put Bermuda in early control of the best-of-three series.
“I felt quite good about my match,” Pettit said. “I played pretty well like not too many unforced errors.
“I just kept playing my game in the correct areas and that’s how I came out on top.“
Jones was even more ruthless in a series-clinching 6-0, 6-0 win against Brian Harricharan in the second singles match.
“I feel I played really well; I didn’t make many unforced errors,” he said. “I just let my opponent make mistakes.”
Jones and Snaith then joined forces to prevail 6-3, 6-3 over Nirav Dougdeen and Harricharan in the doubles match to complete the sweep.
“I think I hit some good volleys, some good pick-ups and we just got the job done,” Snaith said.
Gavin Manders, the Bermuda coach, was thrilled to see his players bounce back at the earliest opportunity from a heavy 3-0 defeat by hosts and tournament favourites Dominican Republic I the previous day.
“A great day for the team especially after a defeat like yesterday where they had to take some life lessons from a lost and build some character to be able to bounce back today,” he said.
The win vaulted Bermuda into second place in pool A and more importantly bolstered their promotion hopes ahead of a match today against St Lucia.
“It puts us in the driver’s seat to come second in the group. Behind who, obviously we will find out by the end of the competition the best team in the competition, so we are in a great spot,” Manders added.
“We play St Lucia tomorrow who are ranked at the bottom of our group right now. But we are going to make sure that we stay focused, make sure that we stay on track, make sure that we stay ready for St Lucia and we don’t look past them.
“But we are in a great position to be playing for promotion on Friday and the boys have put in a lot of work to get there.”