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Barbados demoted in tough loss

Justin Marville, [email protected]

Barbados demoted in tough loss

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THEY WERE DEFEATED but definitely not disgraced.

Barbados have been demoted, but not without a fight, having extended yesterday’s relegation tie against the Dominican Republic to a fifth and final rubber before suffering a heartbreaking 3-2 Davis Cup defeat on the road.

Fighting for the right to remain in Group I, Darian King started the improbable comeback by whipping world No. 94 Victor Estrella 7-6, 6-1, 6-1 before Haydn Lewis fell just short in a dramatic 6-4, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 loss to hometown hero Jose Hernandez.

It was the second time Hernandez came up big when it mattered most, with the big-hitting baseliner winning a similar reverse singles match with Lewis in Barbados last year before repeating the feat at the Centro Nacional De Tenis Parque Del Este.

Please read the full story in today’s Daily Nation, or in the eNATION edition.