Trinidad and Tobago’s table tennis players were in uncompromising mood on the opening day of the Caribbean Championships, in St Lucia, yesterday.
Seeded second in the men’s team event, behind Dominican Republic, T&T whipped both Guyana and St Lucia 3-0 to top group two, cruising into the knockout round.
And in the women’s team event, second-seeded T&T hammered both St Vincent and the Grenadines and Barbados 3-0 to take the lead in group two. After press time, last night, T&T squared off against St Lucia in their final group fixture.
Dexter St Louis and Curtis Humphreys were in fine form against Guyana in T&T’s opening men’s team fixture. First, Humphreys got the better of Edinho Lewis at 6, 7 and 9. And then, France-based St Louis stopped Joel Alleyne 11-3, 12-10, 11-2. Curtis’ brother, Alaric Humphreys completed victory for T&T with an 11-5, 5-11, 11-7, 13-11 triumph over Nigel Bryan.
In the showdown with St Lucia, St Louis defeated Chris Wells in straight games, 62-year-old national champion David Mahabir beat Adrian Albert 11-8, 11-5, 11-13, 11-7, and Alaric stopped Adrian Glace in four games.
T&T’s women opened their campaign against the Vincentians, France-based Rheann Chung giving her team a flying start with an 11-1, 11-1, 11-3 demolition of Unica Velox. Linda Partap-Boodhan defeated Teshuan Matthews at 8, 6 and 3 to make it 2-0 for T&T. And 11-year-old Jasher De Gannes completed the blanking with an 11-4, 11-5, 11-5 dismissal of Nastha Shortte.
The T&T women were also impressive against the Barbadians. Chung beat Angela Reid in straight games, Aleena Edwards brushed aside Sherrice Felix at 7, 4 and 5, and Partap-Boodhan dropped just one game en route to victory over Anthonette Riley.
Both team titles will be decided today.