Monday, January 22, 2018

Burke, Edghill in 'Super Singles' field

REEZA BURKE is back after a break and teenager Chelsea Edghill is here from Guyana for today's Reliance and Maintenance Services Limited Super Singles Table Tennis Tournament at Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena, Chaguanas.

The 15-year-old Edghill, the under-21 silver medallist at the Caribbean Championships, and Barbadian national player Krystal Harvey are among 22 players vying for the women's title.

The field also includes nine-time national champion Aleena Edwards, Brittany Joseph, who was crowned national champ at age 14 a few months ago, Catherine Spicer and Linda Partap-Boodham, currently ranked No. 1 in the country.

Action will begin around noon with the players in seven round-robin groups. The top two from each group will then advance to a knockout draw and later the top five will feature in a round-robin battle to determine the champ.

The men's format is the same, but the final round-robin showdown will involve six players and this stage of the tournament will take place on Wednesday night.

Burke returns after missing most of the year with injury and the five-time national champ is among 86 entrants.

Curtis Humphreys has won three of the four local tournaments this season, but the top-ranked player could receive stern opposition from the likes of Aaron Wilson and Arun Roopnarine, who are 14 and 15 years old, respectively, as well as Lionel Darceuil, a two-time Caribbean singles champ of the 1970s.

The men will begin play at 9.30 a.m. in 28 groups and the top two from each group will then advance to the knockout phase. The field will then be dwindled to the "Super Six", which will be contested on Wednesday night.