Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Fourth seed gone from ‘Lease’ draw

THE boys’ under-16 draw lost its No. 4 seed in the first round when the Lease Operator Limited Junior Tennis Tournament continued yesterday at Trinidad Country Club, Maraval.

It was expected to be a very tough match for Adam Scott and he was beaten 6-4, 6-3 by Tobagonian Joshua Arnold for a place in the quarterfinals.

Second-seeded Timothy Davis dropped just one game against newcomer Miguel Jackson to reach the last eight, while Ryan Thomas got there with a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Jonathan Edwards.

Although he was only seeded third, Thomas is the biggest danger to defending champion Scott Hackshaw after beating him in straight sets in the semifinals of the Catch National Junior Championships last month.

Hackshaw is the top seed and the two-time defending national under-14 champ received a bye into the quarters.

Dario King did not get a bye, but it worked out the same way for him as he advanced when Khaleed Hamid failed to show for their first-round encounter yesterday.

It was almost like getting a bye for Samir Elattwy as he overwhelmed newcomer William Outridge 6-0, 6-1. And Liu Chin completed the list of quarterfinalists with a comfortable 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Jameel Garsee.

The only other singles draw being contested under knockout rules from the start is the girls’ under-16 and 18 combined event, which commences on Friday (Indian Arrival Day). 

National under-16 and 18 champ Emma Rose Trestrail is seeded to win the title ahead of two-time defending national under-14 champ Emma Davis, Anya King and Carissa Rudolfo, respectively.

Round-robin group action in the under-10, 12 and 14 categories took place over the last two days and the main draws in these divisions will also start when the tournament resumes on Friday. 

The tournament will conclude on Sunday.