UNDER-16 CHAMP: Emma Davis


Davis whips Trestrail for ‘RBC’ crown

By Shammi Kowlessar

EMMA DAVIS defeated arch-rival Emma Rose Trestrail with surprising ease when the curtain fell on the 37th annual RBC Junior Tennis Tournament yesterday at Trinidad Country Club, Maraval.

The two were clashing in a final for the fourth time this year and the top seed levelled the score with a comfortable 6-1, 6-4 triumph for the under-16 crown.

But Davis has won four of their six overall meetings as she also triumphed with they squared off in national training early in the year and in the under-14 semi-finals of the ITF (Interational Tennis Federation) Junior Tournament in March.

The 13-year-old, who captured both the under-14 and 16 titles in the Catch National Junior Championships when Trestrail was injured, also prevailed when they met in the under-16 final of the Lease Operators Limited in the middle of the year.

But Trestrail, who won their final two meetings of last season, including in the under-14 final of this tournament, had captured the “Lease” under-14 crown a few days earlier and the left-hander was victorious in the under-16 final of the Sagicor Junior Tournament in Juy.

Davis’ older brother Timothy had surprised everyone by reaching the boys’ equivalent final, but he came up against the title favourite and could make no impression as national under-14 champ Scott Hackshaw coasted home 6-2, 6-2.

Hackshaw’s brother Ross won his four matches in a round-robin event to claim the under-18 title, but his main rival, Gianluc Robinon, actually ended up third of the five players as he was also beaten by Clint Singh.

Both top seeds bit the dust in the under-14 finals, as Adam Escalante was upset 6-4, 6-4 by Che Andrews and Tonyah Ivonen cruised past Anya King 6-1, 6-4.

Ivonen was not the only player from Tobago to capture a singles title in the six-day tournament as Johnny Su edged Kyle Kerry 4-2, 1-4, 10/3 for the under-10 crown.

Peruvian Kristen Marticorena had halted Solange Skeeke (4-2, 4-0) in the girls’ equivalent final to become the first champ the day before, when Samuel West had taken out Aidan Carter (4-1, 5-3) for the under-12 crown.

Lily Lanser won all four matches in a round-robin event for the girls’ equivalent title.

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