BREANA STAMPFLI completed a hat-trick and Kendall Cuffy retained his title, but it was Richard Chung who shone brightest on the final day of the BG T&T Tranquillity Open Tennis Tournament yesterday at the club's courts, Victoria Avenue, Port of Spain.
Playing singles in a tournament for the first time in well over a year, the former national champion produced an upset for the third straight round to capture the men's crown in sensational fashion.
Chung, who did not even know that his coach Neil Lingo had entered him for singles, needed three sets each to shock Dunstan DeNoon and Luke De Caires in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, respectively.
But still the man who had finished runner-up on the 'Tranquil" clay on two previous occasions was given no chance against Vaughn Wilson, a member of the Davis Cup team in three of the last four years.
However Chung saved the best for last as the No. 6 seed trounced the No. 3 seed 6-2, 6-3 to secure the $4,000 winners' cheque.
Wilson, the 2011 runner-up, was attempting to become the third straight Tobagonian to win the crown after Yohansey Williams and Adrian De Silva had been triumphant in the previous two years, respectively.
Stampfli, the prohibitive title favourite, picked up her third singles title in successive years when the 17-year-old outclassed Trevine Sellier 6-2, 6-0 for the $2,000 first prize.
The 497th-ranked junior in the world had won a triple crown last year, but only ended up with two trophies this year as she had also claimed the mixed doubles title—with DeNoon— a week earlier.
Sellier did not walk away empty-handed as the former national doubles champ and Leah Alcala took the doubles title in the two-week tournament.
Cuffy cruised past Brian Jackson 6-1, 6-2 to sweep the singles and doubles titles in the veterans' (over-45) division for the second straight year. The left-hander had played doubles with Athelstan Phillips, who did not defend his over-60 title, and had watched as Michael Cooper overwhelmed Anthony Smith 6-0, 6-0 in Thursday night's final.