Sunday, April 14, 2024

Barbados bow to Brazil

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Barbados lost their Davis Cup battle with Brazil 1-3 after a disappointing second day in Criciuma, Brazil, yesterday.

Beginning the morning with the rubber tied 1-1, the doubles pair of Darian King and Haydn Lewis stumbled to the much higher ranked duo of Marcelo Melo and Bruno Soares 6-7, 5-7.

King, who has a doubles ranking of 182, along with the unranked Lewis seriously challenged Melo, ranked at No. 5, and Soares who has a doubles ranking of 22.  The Bajans were able to battle back from 2-4 in the opening game to lock at five and six, forcing the tie-break.

Once again the Bajans battled from behind after trailing 0-4. They levelled at four, five and six but the hosts controlled the net and took that decider 7-6 after 47 minutes. (KB)

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