Davis siblings reach ‘RBC’ semis

By Shammi Kowlessar

DAVIS siblings, Emma and Timothy, advanced to the under-16 semi-finals when the RBC Junior Tennis Tournament continued yesterday at Trinidad Country Club, Maraval.

Emma is seeded to win the title, but Timothy upset fourth-seeded Ryan Thomas 6-4, 6-4 to set up a meeting with Brandon Gregoire today for a place in tomorrow’s final.

Gregorie recovered from a 6-1 first-set thrashing to nose out questionable top seed Keshan Moonasar 7-5, 11/9.

In yesterday’s other quarter-finals, No. 3 seed Nkrumah Patrick whipped Khaleel Hamid 6-0, 6-2, while national under-14 champ Scott Hackshaw, the second-seeded title favourite, was a 6-4, 6-1 winner over Adam Scott.

Emma Davis will oppose Carissa Rudulfo and Makalah Goodridge will face Emma-Rose Trestrail in the girls’ equivalent semis. In yesterday’s quarters, national under-14 and 16 champ Davis cruised past Shardelle Jackman, Rudolfo was a 7-5, 6-1 winner over Sherisse Arjoon, while Goodridge and the second-seeded Trestrail lost four games each against Farisha Mohammed and Juliet Campbell, respectively.

The first two champions of the 37th annual tournament will be crowned today with Samuel West and Aidan Carter squaring off in the Boys Under-12 category, and Solange Skeene tackling Kristen Marticorena in the Under-10 division.

The Peruvian Marticorena came from behind to edge national age-group champ Kayla Frank of Tobago 2-4, 4-2, 10/8 yesterday, while the top-seeded Skeene was a 5-4, 4-0 winner over Emily Lawrence in the other semi-final.

Carter defeated Nathan Valdez 5-4, 4-2 and Jadon Alexis went under 4-1, 5-3 against the top-seeded West, whose brother Michael was edged 4-1, 4-5, 10/6 by Liam Sheppard in the Under-10 quarters.

Kyle Kerry and Johnny Su reached the last four in the category with 4-1, 4-1 victories over Nikolai Nabbie-Leon and Ethan Robinson, respectively, while Alijah Leslie got there by upsetting No. 2 seed Ebolum Nwokolo 5-3, 4-0.

In addition to the two finals, today’s action will include the under-14 and 16 as well as Boys Under-10 semis and the continuation of doubles.

First serve is 9 a.m.

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