SEEDED Trinidad and Tobago females Kerrie Sample and Rhea Khan will play for places in the quarter-finals when the Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) Championship continues today with individual events at Cascadia Squash Club, St Ann's.
Khan, the fifth-seeded 17-time national champion, will be doing battle with Caribbean under-19 champion Mary Fung-A-Fat, while the fourth-seeded Sample, the Briton with local roots who was crowned Caribbean under-19 champ in 2009, opposes Tracy Binnie.
The Jamaican booked her place in the "round of 16" with an 11-3, 11-5, 11-4 victory over T&T veteran Cathy Martin when the tournament served off yesterday.
Jessica Scott received a bye in the first round and will be the other player from the host country attempting to reach the quarters. But the under-19 player will probably need a miracle against No. 2 seed Karen Meakins.
The Barbadian was crowned champion two years ago and has been the runner-up three times. Nicolette Fernandes, once ranked in the top 30 in the world, is a three-time champ and the heavy favourite.
None of the T&T players in the first round were able to advance as Gen Shim, Joanna Augustus and national under-15 champ Faith Gillezeau joined Martin on the sidelines.
Guyana's Ashley De Groot beat Shim 11-4, 3-11, 11-3, 11-3; Augustus went down 11-3, 11-5, 11-4 against Alyssa Mullings; and Gillezeau was also beaten in straight sets by fellow junior Victoria Arjoon of Guyana.
In men's action, six-time national champ and two-time Caribbean runner-up Colin Ramasra and Josh Pinard were the only T&T players to book their place in today's "round of 16" before press time.
National under-15 champ Nku Patrick battled gallantly before going down 11-7, 11-6, 11-8 against the fifth-seeded Ramasra, while defending and three-time national champ Pinard rolled over Stephen Xavier 11-3, 11-3, 11-5.
Patrick's brother Mandela, the national under-17 champ, and Great Britian-based national player Kale Wilson battled for places in the last 16 after press time.
Ryan Abraham, another member of the champion team of '09, did not have luck on his side as he drew No. 6 seed Shawn Simpson and the five-time Barbados national champ prevailed 11-5, 11-4, 11-7.
Women's action will begin at 1 p.m. today, while the men are scheduled to take the court for the first time about two hours later.
The finals of individuals will conclude on Tuesday night and the team events, involving Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Guyana, Jamaica, OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States), Venezuela and T&T, will take place from Wednesday until Saturday.