THREE Trinidad and Tobago players have been seeded to win individual titles in the Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) Championships in Jamaica.
The individual events served off yesterday after the T&T junior and senior sides had to settle for silver after losing to Jamaica in both team finals.
Solangel Guzman is the top seed in the women’s draw, which also includes Avril Plaza, Jade Joseph and five-time national champ Nekeisha Blake.
Multiple national champs Anil Seepaul and Keston Friday are seeded third and fourth, respectively, in the men’s draw, which also contains Keston Friday and Alistair Espinoza.
Jada Renales is seeded to win the Under-17 title, while Brandon Khillawan in the top seed in the Under-15 category.
Renales got a bye straight into the Under-17 quarter-finals, but compatriots Brittany Mohammed (21-8, 21-2) and Ralista Wong (21-13, 21-15) won the first-round matches yesterday to book places in the last eight.
Khillawan also moved straight into the quarters and Zane Juman joined him (21-12, 21-13), but Ihsaan Furlonge was dismissed 21-3, 21-8 by a Jamaican in the first round.
Jerome Charles was seeded to win the Under-17 crown, but he was sent packing 21-11, 21-3 in the first round by Jamaican Shane Wilson. There are no T&T players remaining in the draw after Renaldo Sinanan and Joshua Smith were both edged in three sets.
National age-group champs Kristi Reno-Singh and Naim Mohammed are both seeded second in the Under-19 division. The boys’ draw also includes Will Lee, Sheraz Nabbie and Adrian Nicholson.
Zion St Rose is the second seed in the Under-13 division and received a bye straight into the quarters. Stephon Butcher crushed a Jamaican player 21-5, 21-1 and Vance Juteram also won straight sets to join his in the last eight, but Alkalif Blake was nosed 21-16, 14-21, 24-22 by Jamaican Marlon Hinds.
Ananda Ramsingh cruised into the under-15 quarter-finals with a 21-6, 21-6 triumph over Jamaican Rashmi Ragbeer and Travis Sinanan prevailed in straight sets get into the Under-11 quarters, along with Reece Marcano, who received a bye.
There are just six players in the girls’ Under-13 division and Waynette Thomas will play the top seed for a place in the semi-finals today.