EMMA DAVIS won the latest installment in the battle of the Emmas when the Lease Junior Tennis Tournament concluded yesterday at Trinidad Country Club, Maraval. The 14-year-old seemed to be distancing herself from her arch-rival until Emma Rose Trestrail defeated her in straight sets in the under-16 final of the Catch National Junior Tennis Championships in their last meeting in April.
But Davis, who retained her retained her under-14 crown in “Catch”, bounced back yesterday to defeat the national under-16 and 18 champ 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in the under-18 final. They had clashed in two finals in this tournament last year and Davis had taken the under-14 crown about a week after Trestrail had captured the under-16 title.
Scott Hackshaw was crowned under-16 champ for the second year in succession when Ryan Thomas was forced to retire trailing 6-4, 6-0 in yesterday’s final. Thomas had beaten the two-time defending national under-14 champ in the “Catch” semis, but the No. 3 seed was bothered by a shoulder injury on this occasion.
Three of the seven singles finals went right down to the wire yesterday After being thrashed 4-0 in the opening set, Aidan Carter bounced back to edge overwhelming title favourite Samuel West 4-2, 12/10 for the under-12 crown, while national age-group champ Victoria Koylass almost allowed a 4-0 first-set win to slip before she recovered to edge Yin Lee Assang 3-5, 12/10 for the girls’ equivalent title.
Che Andrews won the other three-set match when he edged Adam Escalante 6-2, 6-7 (5/7), 7-5 in the under-14 final, while And Osenyonye Nwokolo, the runner-up in “Catch”, took the girls’ equivalent crown with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Lily Lanser.
After losing just one game from last two matches combined, national age-group champ Kyle Kerry was upset 5-4 (8/6), 4-2 by Charles Devaux in the under-10 final.
The girls’ equivalent category was round-robin event with just four players and Maria Honore won her three matches to take the title. The boys’ under-18 division was a similar event with five players and Nkrumah Patrick, runner-up in “Catch”, won his four matches to be crowned. The tournament was staged over two weekends and over 120 players participated.