Bahamas wins FED Cup!
Rising junior Kerrie Cartwright lead the Bahamas to win Pool B of the Americas Group II Fed Cup in Santa Tecla, El Salvador. The Bahamas went 5-0 in the round-robin formatted tournament, which was played on the clay courts at the Maya Country Club.
In addition to Cartwright, former Seminoles Francesca Segarelli (DOM) and Carolina De los Santos (URU) played in the event for their respective nations.
Between singles and doubles play, Cartwright posted a record of 8-1 during the week, with a perfect 5-0 showing in singles. With the Pool B win, the Bahamas will be promoted to the Americas Group I division for 2014 which includes, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, Mexico and Paraguay.
In her first singles match, Cartwright defeated Anneliese Rose, 7-5, 6-0 from court two in the 2-1 win over Trinidad and Tobago after falling 6-1, 6-4 in doubles while paired with Simone Pratt.
Cartwright was moved up to court one for her second match, facing De Los Santos of Uruguay. In a tight three sets, Cartwright outlasted De Los Santos 6-1, 4-6, 5-7 leading her country to a 3-0 triumph over Uruguay.
Remaining at the No.1 spot for the match against El Salvador, Cartwright defeated Juli Raventos 6-1, 6-3 on top a picking up her second doubles victory, 6-0, 6-0. The Bahamas won, 3-0.
In her last match, Cartwright once again took to the top court, defeating Michelle Marie Valdez of the Dominican Republic, 6-2, 7-5. However, on court two, Segarelli beat Pratt 6-0, 7-5, forcing the match to be decided with doubles.
Cartwright was paired with Larikah Russell, while Segarelli was matched with Joelle Schad. After winning the first set, Cartwright and Russell surrendered their lead in the second before storming back to take the third and the match. The Bahamas defeated the Dominican Republic 2-1 after Cartwright and Russell won 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.