Sunday, January 21, 2018

Six T&T players in ITF Junior semis

AFTER being the last two players standing in the girls’ Under-14 draw two weeks ago, Trinidad and Tobago’s Alexis Bruce and Keesa Lee Young advanced to the semi-finals of the THA (Tobago House of Assembly)/B-mobile Tobago ITF (International Tennis Federation) Junior Tournament yesterday.
Lee Young, who had to catch a flight and was forced to default that ITF final, overwhelmed Chelsi Mukerji 6-1, 6-0, while the left-handed Bruce also surrendered just one game—against Barbadian Dana Bryan—at National Racquet Centre, Orange Grove Main Road, Tacarigua.
In the other quarter-finals, Aalisha Alexis was beaten 6-1, 6-0 by title favourite Sarinah Maduro of Curacao and Kaylee Kirivong of the United States defeated Shauna Valentine 6-4, 7-6 (7/5).
Three of the four players in today’s boys’ semis hail from the host country and the other has roots here.
After beaten St Lucia champ Kyle Kerry in the first round on Monday, American Kamran McIntosh-Ross, whose mother hails from Arima, was a 6-1, 1-6, 6-0 winner over Aidan Bousquet.
And Maxx William, the other St Lucian in the 16-draw, went down 6-2, 6-3 against Tobago Open age-group champ Ethan Wong.
The other two quarters were all T&T affairs and David Rodriguez rolled over Jace Quashie 6-0, 6-1 and Nathan Valdez was a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Sebastien Sylvester.
After nine of her ten compatriots had lost in the first round of the Under-18 division the day before, Jade Tom Yew was far from disgraced in her 6-3, 6-4 defeat at the hands of top seed Mell Gonzalez of Ecuador in her opening match.
Abigail Jones is the only T&T player into the second round and the semi-finalist in this year year’s National Championships will be up against the No. 4 seed from the United States today for a place in tomorrow’s quarter-finals.
The Grade V tournament was switched from Tobago because the courts at Shaw Park are under repairs.
First serve today is 9 a.m.