AUSTRALIANS Christopher and Alexander Thorpe were both narrowly beaten when the RBC Junior Tennis Tournament continued yesterday at Trinidad Country Club, Maraval.
After losing the least number of games in the round-robin phase to obtain the No. 1 seeding in the Under-10 category, Christopher was edged 4-1, 2-4, 10/7 by Kyle Kerry when the knockout draw served off.
However the other three seeds advanced to the quarter-finals.
Ebolum Nwokolo and Tobagonian Johnny Su, seeded second and third, respectively, scored identical 4-1, 4-2 wins over Hugo Borde and Jacques Noreiga, respectively. And fourth-seeded No. 4 seed Liam Sheppard edged David Rodriguez 4-1, 4-5, 10/2.
Ethan Robinson reached the last eight in the most convincing fashion as Tim Pasea failed to trouble the scorer, while Alijah Leslie moved on by halting Charles Devaux 4-0, 4-3.
After failing to win a game in the first set, first-time competitor Nikolai Nabbie-Leon battled back to nose out Sebastian Sylvester 4-1, 10/8, and Michael West completed the list of quarter-finalists when he also came from behind to defeat Nicholas Gregoire 4-5, 4-0, 10/6.
West’s brother Samuel is the clear favourite to win the Under-12 title and the top seed moved into the semi-finals with a 4-1, 5-4 victory over Aaron Chan. But second seed Ethan Jerry was upset 4-1, 3-5, 10/5 by under-10 player Nathan Valdez.
Jaydon Alexis cruised past Rahsaan Wilkison 4-1, 4-1 to reach the last four and Aidan Carter got there by edging Alexander Thorpe 2-4, 4-1, 10/5 in a match which, not surprisingly, went down to the wire.
Sanjeev Seenath was far from disgraced as he went under 7-6, 6-4 to Adam Escalante in the under-14 division. Che Andrews joined the top seed in the last four with a 6-1, 6-4 triumph over Kaelan Leggard, while Flynn Von Waldau got there by nosing out Nicholas Dini 2-6, 6-4, 10/8.
The other quarterfinal, between Jean-Marc Farah and No. 2 seed George Young Sing, was still in progress at press time.
Almost four hours of play were lost because of rain and officials were forced to schedule matches under lights to complete the line-up.
The 37th annual tournament continued on a daily basis until Thursday and first serve today is 9 a.m.