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De Verteuil sends top seed packing

By Shammi Kowlessar

DRUE De VERTEUIL stunned the top seed when the Trinidad and Tobago Squash Association's Graded Tournament continued on Friday night at the Cascadia Squash Club in St Ann's.

Jacob Gillezeau was expected to run away with the Division B title, but De Verteuil had other ideas as he scored a shocking 11-8, 11-9, 12-10 victory in the quarter-finals.

It was not a good night for the Gillezeau family as his sister Faith, the national under-15 champion, was beaten 11-3, 11-3, 11-5 in the semi-finals by Chad Salandy after her "walkover" victory in the quarters.

The third-seeded Salandy had halted Jacob Ammon 11-6, 11-3, 11-4 in the previous round when Alex Mackay had defeated Jamie Leigh Edghill 13-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-4 for the other place in the last four.

The winner of the De Verteuil/Mackay semi-final would have had to come back later yesterday to oppose Salandy for the title.

Wolfram Nothnagel produced a major upset in Division A when he not only defeated the No 2 seed but did not drop a set in disposing of Peter Pirtheesingh 11-8, 12-10, 11-4 in the quarters.

Mandela Patrick, the top-seeded national under-19 champ, was a convincing 11-1, 11-2, 11-2 winner over Leonard Terblanche while his younger brother, Nku, and Brian Phillips had reached the semis since Thursday night.

Top under-13 player Marie Claire Barcant scored a hard-fought 11-4, 9-11, 13-15, 11-8, 11-6 victory over fellow age-group player Sebastian Krogh in the Division C quarters, but her brother Eric came up against top-seeded Matthew Mungal and went down 11-6, 11-1, 11-4.

Second-seeded Carl Miller booked his place in the semis with an 11-2, 11-6, 11-4 triumph over Jeremy Ammon while Alexandria Yearwood got there by halting Gaby Scott 11-1, 11-6, 11-6.

The three-day tournament was scheduled to conclude yesterday.

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