Caribbean girls’ under-13 champion Jasher De Gannes put on an impressive show on the opening day of the Solo National Junior Table Tennis Championships, at the Eastern Regional Indoor Sports Arena in Tacarigua, yesterday.
De Gannes dominated Gyshan Latchman in the girls’ under-15 singles final, the Bishop’s High School, Tobago second form student winning at 4, 9 and 4.
De Gannes was part of the Trinidad and Tobago squad that grabbed gold in the women’s team event at the Caribbean Championships, in St Lucia, last month. Her quality was evident against Latchman. Late in the third game, De Gannes produced a winner with a crisp forehand drive. Effective use of the anti-spin rubber on her backhand earned her another point, the Tobago player forcing Latchman into error. And at 10-4, Latchman hit off to hand De Gannes the title.
Aaron Wilson had no problems in the boys’ under-15 final, the Carenage Blasters player cruising past Amresh Mungal in straight games, 11-5, 11-5, 11-5.
Arun Roopnarine, of Arima Hawks, was the class of the boys’ under-21 field. In the championship match, Roopnarine got the better of Sarvesh Mungal in straight games, 11-9, 11-5, 13-11.
Brittany Joseph played unbeaten to emerge victorious in the girls’ under-21 round robin event. The Hawks player cruised past Javenne Stewart 11-7, 11-6, 11-5. But she had things a lot tougher in her showdown with UWI’s Ambika Sitram, Joseph outlasting her opponent 16-14, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9.
And in her final match, Joseph dropped the first game to Jamilia Alexander, but bounced back for a comfortable 9-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-5 triumph.
Sitram beat Alexander and Stewart to secure silver, and in what turned out to be the battle for bronze, Stewart got the better of Alexander.
Tobago player, Derron Douglas topped the boys’ under-11 division. In the championship match, Douglas beat his St Andrew’s Anglican teammate, 2013 Caribbean under-11 champion Messiah Walcott 7-11, 11-9, 11-9, 11-5.
Shreya Maharaj topped a seven-player round robin event to claim the top prize in the girls’ under-11 singles. The Carenage Blasters player had a 5-1 win-loss record, her only defeat coming at the hands of Ackayla Lucas. Lucas finished third with a 4-2 record.
Surja Welch copped second spot, also with a 5-1 record. Maharaj secured the title, though, because of her head-to-head success against Welch, a hard-earned 8-11, 8-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-8 triumph.
The Hawks combination of Roopnarine and Joseph teamed up for the under-21 mixed doubles title. Joseph and Sitram captured the girls’ under-21 doubles title. And in the boys’ under-21 doubles, PowerGen’s Mungal brothers, Sarvesh and Amresh emerged victorious.
The Solo-sponsored Junior Championships continue from 9.30 this morning, in Tacarigua.