THREE-SET DEFEAT: Tobagonian Joshua Abraham attempts a lob during his three-set defeat in the second round of the under-18 division of the ITF (International Tennis Federation) Junior Tournament, yesterday, at Eddie Taylor Public Courts, King George V Park, St Clair. —Photo: STEPHEN DOOBAY

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Abraham, Legall go down fighting

Hackshaw, Trestrail stand alone for T&T

By Shammi Kowlessar

JOSHUA ABRAHAM and Kandis Legall fought admirably, but the four remaining local players in the under-18 draw said goodbye when the ITF (International Tennis Federation) Junior Tournament continued yesterday at Eddie Taylor Public Courts, King George V Park, St Clair.
After being on the sidelines when the 16 seeds were on byes in Monday’s first round, the 14th-seeded Abraham was beaten 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 by American Christian Haushammer in their battle for a place in today’s round of 16.
Elan Mendes and Nabeel Mohammed had been the only T&T boys to win on the opening day, but the Junior Davis Cup teammates bit the dust yesterday.
Mendes, who won an ITF under-14 title and four in doubles two years ago, went under 6-3, 6-0 against seventh-seeded Bahamian Philip Major.
And after beating Dylan Hall, the top under-14 ITF player in the Caribbean in 2011, on Monday, Mohammed was ousted 6-2, 6-2 by 13th-seeded American Alejandro Llamas.
Legall came close to reaching the quarterfinals, but the American with local roots was edged 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 by Simone Pratt, the player from Bahamas who had sent the No. 3 seed packing the day before.
Players from the host country also struggled in the under-14 division at Trinidad Country Club, Maraval. Only Emma Rose Trestrail and Scott Hackshaw are still in the tournament, following yesterday's action.
After beating Barbadian Alex Griffith 6-0, 6-1 on Monday, Hackshaw moved to the semifinals with a 6-4, 7-6 triumph over Mickel Alexander of Grenada, yesterday.
The national under-12 champ will oppose Yagli Rudolf Elias of Suriname today for a place in the final, while Sergi Manue Calor, also from Suriname, will tackle Grenadian Uk Pioronfo in the other semifinal.
Trestrail cruised past compatriot Tonyah Ivonen 6-3, 6-2, yesterday, to set up a meeting with Anouk Ma Ajong of Suriname. Today’s other semi will feature American Isabella Tushaj and Lilyana Grantcharova of Bulgaria.
First serve at both venues is at nine a.m.
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