Williams leads off Davis Cup challenge
Seanon Williams has another opportunity to shine on home soil when he takes on Uruguay number one Santiago Maresca in tomorrow’s Davis Cup Group 1 tie.
The draw for the five-match competition scheduled to start tomorrow at the Barbados Lawn Tennis Association took place today at the Barbados Olympic Association and for once in this tie Barbados’ number one Darian King will play second at home when he takes on Rodrigo Arus in the final match of the day.
The draw came with no worries for the Barbados team especially captain Kevin Yarde who has a lot of faith in Williams. He will feature for the second time at home in the Davis Cup with the first being against Ecuador last month.
“All he has to go out there and do is execute his game plans. Shot selection is going to be important but all he has to do is relax and just play and I believe this is a winnable match for him,” Yarde said.
Lewis has been suffering with a recurring back problem and Yarde took time to explained the strategy behind choosing Williams in his place for the singles match.
“I think we lost last month’s tie due to not being able to pull off the doubles and I think that will be very important for us this time around and Haydn is a much better doubles player. So we decided to rest him for the doubles before the same thing happens where he plays the singles and then cannot play the doubles.”
Williams, as confident as ever, said he was ready for the task ahead and it was just a matter for him to keep his nerves under control.
“I have been doing a lot of work between the last tie and now and so far everything is coming together and I just need to execute everything that I have been working on. I feel quite comfortable and the key is to be patient,” the 24-year-old right-handed player said.
King on the other hand does not intend to take Arus for granted and will look to play aggressively.
“He [Arus] is someone that I have seen play before when he played Seanon in the Pan American Games. I don’t want to underestimate the guy and obviously he made the Davis Cup team so it is going to be a tough match and it is just for me as usual to go out and execute my game plan and come up with a victory. I think my game matches up well with these guys. I am serving well, I am playing well from the baseline and being more aggressive. So that is good for me especially when I am feeling confident,” said King, currently at 243 on the world rankings in singles.
As the two teams prepare to face each other for the first time in Davis Cup history Uruguay, currently ranked 37th, can boast of being in Group l consistently since 2008 while the hosts Barbados at 45th reached Group l status this year after defeating Mexico in Group II last year September.
Uruguay team captain Enrique Perez-Cassarino said that the draw came as no surprise and so far preparation has been going well even though it is a limited amount of time.
Tomorrow’s showdown will feature two singles matches starting at 9:30 a.m., one doubles match on Saturday at 12 noon and two reverse singles on Sunday also at 9:30 a.m.