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Fed Cup women stun Bermuda 3-0

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Thursday, July 19, 2018
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TT Team- Breana Stampfli, left, Yolande Leacock, 2nd from left, Anneliese Rose, 2nd from right, and Carlista Mohammed Photo by:Walter Alibey

WALTER ALIBEY

T&T's Fed Cup team of Breana Stampfli and Yolande Leacock produced an unstoppable display that earned them a much-deserved 3-0 triumph over Bermuda in the country's opening match at the Centro Nacional de Tenis de la Fet in Ecuador yesterday.

Stampfli who was unable to defend her Bmobile National Open title earlier this year because of a mix-up with her flights, was at the top of her game, wasting very little time in disposing of Shelby Madeiros in the first set of the opening rubber 6-0. And without breaking a sweat she cruised to a similar 6-0 win in the second, to set her team off to a perfect start which Leacock willingly accepted in her match that followed.

The Tobago-born Leacock, the lone TT player with an international rank in both singles and doubles, was a runaway winner of the first set 6-0 against Ashley Brooks. The Bermudan number#1 did produce resisting force in the second set, but could not stop Leacock from handing TT a 2-0 advantage after two games, with a 6-3 victory.

Later Stampfli and Leacock combined to clobber the pair of Brooks and Kristin Saltus in the doubles 6-1, 6-3 to complete the 3-0 rout.

The powerful T&T team which also includes Anneliese Rose and Carlista Mohammed is attempting to better the country's best showing at the fed cup which was in 2015 when TT was beaten in the final by Peru in the Dominican Republic.

T&T will today face what is expected to be its sternest test against the Bahamas, which beat Bolivia yesterday. A victory for T&T against the Bahamians this afternoon and a similar result against Bolivia tomorrow will put the women in red, white and black on their way to achieving their goal.

The Bahamian team will comprise Kerrie Cartwright, Danielle Andrea Thompson, Simone Pratt and Sierra Donaldson.

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