Saturday, February 17, 2018

Davis, Hackshaw in two ‘Catch’ semi-finals

EMMA DAVIS and Scott Hackshaw won two singles quarter-final matches apiece when the Catch National Junior Tennis Championships continued yesterday at Eddie Taylor Public Courts, King George V Park, St Clair.

Davis overwhelmed Anya King 4-1, 4-0 to cruise into the semi-finals of the under-14 category. But the under-14 and 16 champion was made to work surprisingly hard to defeat Shauna Fitzwilliam 6-4, 6-4 in the under-16 quarters.

Carissa Rudolfo, a member of this year’s Junior Fed Cup team, moved into the under-16 quarters by beating Tobagonian Candace Cook 6-3, 6-0.

King—who played alongside Davis and Jade Tom Yew in the regional pre-qualifying tournament last week in El Salvador for the World Junior Competition— and Diane Guy had just taken the court at press time, but Emma Rose Trestrail had reached the last four since Monday.

This left-hander whipped Shardelle Jackman 6-2, 6-2 to book her place in today’s under-18 final against Juliet Campbell, a 6-1, 6-3 winner over Sherise Arjoon in the other semi-final.

Playing in her first tournament in the under-14 division, Tom Yew was edged 2-4, 4-2, 4-2 by Solange Skeene, while Osenyonye Nwokolo also came from behind to deny Celeste Steele 2-5, 4-5 (9/11), 4-0.

Briana Lawrence completed the list of semi-finalists with a 4-1, 5-3 triumph over Aura Whittier. Defending champ Hackshaw rolled in the under-14 semis with a 4-1, 4-0 victory over Andre Crawford and Che Andrews also surrendered one game— against Zarek Joefield— to get there.

In the other quarters, Adam Escalante, who assisted Hackshaw and Andrews in ‘Worlds’ in El Salvador last week, defeated Sanjeev Seenath 4-2, 5-3, while Tobagonian Kobe James was a 4-1, 4-2 winner over Flynn Von Waldau.

Hackshaw defeated Aaron Soo Ping Chow 6-3, 7-6 (10/8) to reach the under-16 semis for the second year in succession. In the other quarters, Joshua Arnold was a 6-2, 7-6 (11/9) winner over Clint Singh, while Ryan Thomas halted Davis’ brother Timothy 7-5, 6-1 and Nabeel Mohammed overwhelmed Samir Elattwy 6-1, 6-2.

Mohammed, a member of this year’s Junior Davis Cup team, is the defending champ in both this category as well as the under-18 age-group. He received a bye straight into today’s older division semis.

In yesterday’s boys’ under-ten quarters, David Rodriguez and Charles Devaux scored 4-2, 4-2 victories over Sebastian Sylvester and Jacques Noreiga, respectively, but Shae Millington and Kyle Kerry need three sets.

Millington came from behind to defeat Jose Gonzalez 2-4, 5-3, 4-1, while Kerry edged Johnny Su 4-2, 2-4, 5-3.

In addition to the girls’ under-18 final, both under-12 title matches will be contested today. Victoria Koylass will oppose Kristen Marticorena of Guatemala in the girls’ final and Kaliel George will square off against Alijah Leslie for the boys’ title.

In yesterday’s semis, Geroge beat Nathan Valdez 5-3, 4-2; Leslie was a 4-2, 4-2 winner over Ebolum Nwokolo; Marticorena halted Yin Lee-Assang 5-3, 5-3; and Sarika Seenath failed to trouble the scorer against Koylass. First serve today is 9 a.m.