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Ivonen claims ‘RBC’ singles titles

By Shammi Kowlessar

TONYAH IVONEN captured two singles titles, but two players failed in their bids to join her in the recent RBC Tobago Open Junior Tournament at Shaw Park, recently. The Tobagonian, who ended up with three titles all told as she later combined with Shania Millington to capture the women’s doubles crown, allowed Danielle Devenish just one game in the under-18 final and defeated Osenyonye Nwokolo 6-3, 7-5 in the under-16 title match.
Nwokolo cruised past Daynelle Des Vignes 4-0, 4-2 in the under-14 final. Aaron Soo Ping Chow whipped Junaldo Greig 6-2, 6-1 in the under-18 final, after allowing Adam Scott just one game in the round before. However it was a completely different story in the under-16 final as Scott got the better of Soo Ping Chow 6-3, 6-3. Scott and Soo Ping Chow later combined to beat Moonasar and Jabari Lewis 6-2, 6-2 in the under-18 doubles final.
After losing 6-3 to Tobagonian Johnny Su in the under-10 final, national age-group champ Kyle Kerry and Ethan Wong edged Josh Gonzalez and Michael West 6-5 (7/3) in the doubles final. West’s brother Samuel was in tremendous form as he overwhelmed Nwokolo’s brother Ebolum 4-0, 4-0 in the under-12 singles final and then combined with Ethan Jeary to dismiss Tobagonians Magnus Antoine and Shae Millington 6-0, 6-1 in the doubles final.
Andrae Crawford lost in both under-14 titles matches, as after going under 4-1, 4-2 against Kobe James in singles, he and Michael Ramdial were edged 4-6, 6-1, 10/2 by Zarek Joefield and Rahsaan Wilkinson in doubles.
After being beaten 4-2, 4-0 by Yin Lee Assang in the under-12 final, Esther James received some compensation when she and Emily Lawrence defeated Aalisha Alexis and Solange Skeene 7-6 (7/3), 6-3 for the doubles crown. Skeene won her three matches in a round-robin draw to be crowned under-10 singles champ.
Devenish and Cheyenne Chin Choy were 7-5, 6-4 winners over Sherisse Arjoon and Shardelle Jackman in the under-16 doubles final, while Des Vignes and Celeste Steele whipped Victoria Koylass and Lily Lanser 6-3, 6-2 for the under-14 doubles crown.
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