Friday, October 20, 2017

Linda retains top ranking


LINDA Partap-Boodhan has finished as the top-ranked female table tennis player in the country for the last two years.
However, after winning three of the five tournaments to emerge as a clear No. 1 for the first time in her career in 2015, the 41-year-old only managed to take the lead at the final hurdle last year.
Partap-Boodhan claimed her only title by retaining her crown in the Super Singles Tournament a month ago to finish the season just 50 points ahead of Brittany Joseph with a total of 2,900.
The Arima Hawks player had won both the Silver Bowl Championship and the Tobago Open Tournament two years ago; but she lost in the title match of both competitions this time and also reached the semifinals of both the Classified Championships and the National Championships.
Aleena Edwards ended up third with 2,725 points, but the ’14 top-ranked player would have most likely gone back to No. 1 had she contested the Tobago Open in September.
The 11-time national champion began the season with a bang by winning the first two tournaments – “Classified” (in February) and Silver Bowl (in May) – and she also reached the final of “Nationals” in July and placed third in Super Singles.
Joseph, crowned national champ at the age of 14 in ’12, was triumphant in “Tobago”, along with being the runner-up in “Classified” and Super Singles, reaching the semis of “Nationals” and quarterfinals in Silver Bowl.
Fifteen-year-old Chelsea Fong was a distant fourth with 2,050 points and 71-year-old Merle Baggoo, the 1963 national champ, rounded out the top five with 1,800.
Catherine Spicer is usually in the top five, but the national player missed two of the five tournaments, and finished seventh (1,350 points) thanks to a semis finish in “Classified” and place in the quarters of “Nationals.”
In addition to finishing on top in two junior categories, 13-year-old Shreya Maharaj ended up eighth in the open division with 1,200 points, despite missing Silver Bowl.
And Edwards’ mother Verna, who did not compete in “Tobago” and Super Singles, tied for ninth with Artinea Gregoire, the player from the PowerGen Club who missed Super Singles.
Rheann Chung contested just one tournament at home for the year, but the France-based five-time Caribbean champ retained her crown in “Nationals” and ended up 12th on the list.
2016 rankings: 1. L. Partap-Boodhan – 2,900 points; 2. B. Joseph – 2,850; 3. A. Edwards – 2,725; 4. C. Fong – 2,050; 5. Merle Baggoo – 1,800; 6. Jamila Alexander – 1,400; 7. C. Spicer – 1,350; 8. S. Maharaj – 1,200; 9. V. Edwards, A. Gregoire – 1,100.