Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Bennett trio in ‘Tranquil’ semis


Family affair: Jacqui Bennett is flanked by her daughters Olivia, left, and Cristina.

Mark Fraser

THE Bennett trio will play for places in the women’s doubles final when the BG T&T Tranquillity Open Tennis Tournament continues today at the club’s courts, Victoria Avenue, Port of Spain.

Sisters Olivia--singles champion of the South Open Tournament on return from a four-year absence--and Cristina will oppose last year’s national Under-14 and 16 champ Emma Davis and Emma Rose Trestrail, the country’s No. 2 player in the two categories.

And their mother, Jacqui Bennett, a former junior player in her native Venezuela and 2012 singles runner-up Cindy Low will do battle against top seeds Trevine Sellier and Leah Alcala in the other 4pm semi-final.

When the tournament served off on Sunday, Bennett and Low were 7-5, 6-1 winners over juniors Anya King and Carissa Rudolfo, while second seeds Olivia and Cristina did not allow Shardelle Jackman and Osenyonye Nwokolo a single game in their very first match together.

Davis and Trestrail were also very impressive as Juliet Campbell and Danielle Devenish were only able to win one game.

After the second round was contested over the last two days, the men’s doubles quarter-finals will also be part of today’s programme.

Jerome Branker and Stuart Perkins, who are both competing for the first time in over five years, stunned No. 3 seeds Scott Lanser and last year’s singles champ Richard Chung 6-2, 6-7 (4/7), 10/7 on Sunday and will tackle Tobagonians Jovani Lewis and Kryel Trim.

Brent Kuei Tung and former Davis Cup player Michael Clarke were also coming back after a very long absence, but they came up against the No. 2 seeds and were beaten 6-0, 6-2 on Sunday.

Vaughn Wilson and Akiel Duke, the singles champ and runner-up, respectively, in the South Open Championships last month, will now face the Mohammed brothers after Ibrahim and national Under-16 and 18 champ Nabeel prevailed 6-3, 6-1 against Davis’ brother Timothy and singles qualifier Brandon Gregoire yesterday.

In today’s other quarters, top seeds Yohansey Williams, a former singles and doubles champ, and the United States-based Seve Day, will play the talented combination of Colin Auguste and St Lucian McColin Fontenelle, and No. 4 seeds Dunstan DeNoon and Richard McLetchie are up against Anthony Jeremiah and Ronald Robinson.

Selected 2nd round results: Yesterday – Lewis/Trim bt S. Hackshaw/A. Soo Ping Chow 6-3, 6-4; Jeremiah/Robinson bt G. Robinson/Jelani Davidson 1-6, 6-3, 10/5; Auguste/Fontenelle bt R. Jack/A. Serville 6-0, 6-0.

Sunday – Williams/Day bt K. Moonasar/N. Patrick 6-1, 6-0.