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Bajans against the wall

MIKE KING, [email protected]

Bajans against the wall

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SO NEAR AND yet so far away.

Barbados were starting to smell the taste of victory at 3-1 and 40-15 in the crucial fifth set, but stunningly, it all fell apart and the tenacious Venezuela battled back to clinch a marathon cliffhanger and grab a 2-1 lead in their top of the table Americas Zone Davis Cup tie at the National Tennis Centre yesterday.

Venezuela won 7-6 (7-0), 2-6, 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 to silence a partisan home crowd that included former local tennis champion Tyrone Mapp, professional boxer Christopher “Shaka” Henry and five-time Carifta Games track & field medallist Keisha Walkes.

It means that Barbados will have to win both of today’s reverse singles to clinch the tie and earn promotion to Group 1. (MK)

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.