ARUN ROOPNARINE produced a sensational comeback to defeat arch-rival Aaron Wilson and Chelsea Wilson captured two titles yesterday when the two-day Silver Bowl Junior Table Tennis Championships concluded at Maloney Indoor Complex.
Roopnarine, who had seized his first senior title two weeks ago at the same venue when he stunned three-time defending champion Curtis Humphreys in the final of the Classified Championships, was well on his way to being thrashed in the under-18 final.
After winning the first point of the match, the 15-year-old lost nine straight and it did not get better in the second game as Wilson continued the onslaught and found himself leading 11-6, 11-2 in no time flat.
But Roopnarine started to find his groove in the third and after taking it comfortably 11-6, the tide turned and although the last two games were close, he was the one making the running and prevailed 11-9, 11-8.
After brushing aside under-15 runner-up Kyle Edghill of Guyana 11-6, 11-9, 11-4 in the quarter-finals, the champ had crushed Amresh Mungal 11-4, 11-3, 11-1 to reach the title match.
However, the 14-year-old Wilson had struggled to defeat Mungal's older brother Savresh, the under-21 runner-up, 11-5, 10-12, 11-5, 13-11 in the other semi-final.
Wilson, who beat Roopnarine in last year's final, had retained his under-15 crown the day before, when Roopnarine kept his under-21 title.
He was not the only player to win a title on both days as Jasher De Gannes defeated Ray J Thomas 11-3, 11-6, 9-11, 13-11 in the under-13 final after picking up the under-15 crown on Saturday.
Edghill, sister of Kyle, won both her titles yesterday to secure a double crown in this tournament for the second straight year.
The Guyanese, who beat the top juniors and seniors for the Super Singles title when she was last here in December, retained her under-18 title with an 11-7, 11-6, 15-13 triumph over Catherine Spicer.
Edghill, the under-15 runner-up in last year's Caribbean Junior Championships, had earlier been pushed to a deciding fifth game to defeat Ashley Quashie 9-11, 11-3, 7-11, 11-6, 11-4 in the under-21 final.
Quashie had also been involved in a thrilling five-setter in the semis when she edged Spicer 9-11, 11-4, 7-11, 11-4, 12-10, while Edghill had gotten into the title match with an 11-9, 11-13, 11-3, 11-8 victory over Brittany Joseph. Joseph, who at age 14 became one of this country's youngest-ever national senior champs last year, was injured in the group stage of the under-18 competition and was forced to withdraw.
Joshua Maxwell nosed out Jakeem Welsh 11-13, 11-8, 13-11, 7-11, 11-9 in the boys' under-13 final.
The under-11, 15 and boys' under-21 champs were determined the day before.