Saturday, February 24, 2018

Davis beats Trestrail in ‘Lease’ final

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.