sparkling form: Jelani Davidson


Davidson keeps on winning

By Shammi Kowlessar

JELANI DAVIDSON put the final touches on a dream season when the RBC Royal Bank Junior Tennis Tournament concluded on Thursday at Trinidad Country Club, St Ann's.

The national under-14 champion, who captured his age-group singles title in all three legs of an ITF (International Tennis Federation) Caribbean junior circuit in August, was in sparkling form as he brushed aside Gianluc Robinson 6-1, 6-1 for the under-16 crown.

In Wednesday's semi-finals, Robinson had upset top-seeded Ross Hackshaw, whose brother Scott, the national under-12 champ, secured the under-14 crown with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph over Ryan Thomas.

Emma-Rose Trestrail halted Emma Davis 6-4, 6-4 for the girls' equivalent title, while unseeded Celine Ramsumair, who had ousted the No. 2 seed in the quarterfinals, cruised past third-seeded Makalah Goodridge 6-2, 6-4 in the under-16 final.

Both under-12 finals turned into nail-biting three-set affairs. In the longest match of the tournament, Flynn Von Waldau took over two hours to nose out Che Andrews 5-4 (7/2), 4-5 (5/7), 15/13 for the boys' title, while Anya King edged Jade Tom Yew 4-2, 2-4, 10/8 for the girls' crown.

Kaela Frank and Adian Carter had been in the spotlight the day before when the first finals were staged.

After winning two of her three round-robin matches and her two other matches in the main draw without dropping a single game, Victoria Koylass was beaten 4-0, 5-4 by Frank in the under-10 final, while Carter was a 4-1, 5-3 winner over Adam Lanser for the boys' equivalent crown.

The boys' under-18 division was surprisingly staged with just three players and overwhelming favourite Akiel Duke lost just five games from his two matches to take the title.

The 35th annual tournament was contested over six consecutive days and was the final tournament on the 2012 local calendar.

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