EIGHT Trinidad and Tobago players reached singles semi-finals to be assured of medals when the Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) Championships continued yesterday in Jamaica.
Leading the way was No. 2 seed Kristi Reno-Singh, runner-up in the last two editions of the National Championships, who defeated Jamaican Christina Petri 21-14, 21-16 in the under-19 quarterfinals.
Brandon Khillawan, the top seed in the under-15 category, reached the last four by beating Jamaican Malik Brown 21-18, 21-18, while Ihsaan Furlonge got there with a 21-11, 21-14 triumph over Gavin Robinson.
In the girls’ equivalent quarters, national age-group champ Ananda Ramsingh cruised past Aaliyah Mohammed 21-12, 21-5.
Vance Juteram whipped Jamaican Romaine Cole 21-8, 21-9 and No. 2 seed Zion St Rose overcame Nicholas Howard of Barbados 21-10, 12-21, 21-8 in the under-13 quarters, but Stephon Butcher was edged 21-13, 13-21, 21-16 by Jamaican Adam Taylor.
Both Reece Marcano and Travis Sinanan were very impressive against Jamaicans in the under-11 quarters. Marcano ousted Matthew Robinson 21-7, 21-5, while Sinanan rolled over Ethan Richards 21-5, 21-6.
However, national under-13 champ Waynette Thomas was beaten 21-12, 21-14 in the quarters by MacKenzie Howard of Barbados.
Quarterfinal action in the under-17 divisions as well as the men’s and women’s singles draws will take place today. Solangel Guzman is the top seed in the women’s draw, which also includes Avril Plaza, Jade Joseph and five-time national champ Nekeisha Blake.
Multiple national champs Anil Seepaul and Keston Friday are seeded third and fourth, respectively, in the men’s draw, which also contains Keston Friday and Alistair Espinoza.
Jade Renales is seeded to win the under-17 crown and compatriots Brittany Mohammed is also in the last eight.
Ralitsa Wong failed to join them when she was beaten 21-13, 21-15 by Esther Reynolds of Jamaica in Monday’s first round.
T&T have no boys in the under-17 quarters, but was represented in the under-19 quarters after press time yesterday by last year’s national under-17 champ Will Lee, Adrian Nicholson and second-seeded national age-group champ Naim Mohammed. T&T juniors and seniors earned silver medals when the team events concluded Sunday.