EN ROUTE TO VICTORY: Former national champion and Davis Cup player Richard Chung hits a
forehand during his
three-set victory over Luke De Caires in yesterday's men's singles semifinals of the BG T&T Tranquillity Open Tennis Tournament, at the club's courts, Victoria Avenue, Port of Spain.
—Photo: MICHEAL BRUCE
PLAYING singles in his first tournament in over a year, Richard Chung produced an upset for the second day in succession to advance to the men's singles final of the BG T&T Tranquillity Open Tournament at the club's courts, Victoria Avenue, Port of Spain.
After disposing of No. 3 seed Dunstan DeNoon in a tense three-setter on Wednesday night, the former national champ stunned No. 5 seed Luke De Caires 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in yesterday's semifinals.
The 19-year-old De Caires, who had been the runner-up three years ago, and fellow Davis Cup player Vaughn Wilson were the frontrunners for the title after top-seeded two-time champ Yohansey Williams withdrew with an injury at the quarterfinal stage on Wednesday.
The third-seeded Wilson kept his end of the bargain by cruising past last year's runner-up Jovani Lewis 6-0, 6-4 in an all-Tobago semifinal.
The women's final is also scheduled for tomorrow and top seed Breana Stampfli will attempt to retain her title when she comes up against Trevine Sellier. In yesterday's semifinals, the 17-year-old Stampfli whipped Tobagonian Kezia Koroma 6-3, 6-1, while Sellier, a former "Tranquil" doubles champ, came from behind to deny last year's runner-up Cindy Kabli 3-6, 6-3, 6-2.
The veterans' (over-45) semis are on today's schedule from four p.m. with top seed and defending champ Kendall Cuffy coming up against Neil Lingo and last year's over-60 champ Athelstan Phillips facing Brian Jackson.