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Knaggs captures fourth straight ‘CASA’ gold

By Shammi Kowlessar

CHARLOTTE KNAGGS won an individual gold medal for the fourth year in succession when the Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) Junior Championships continued Tuesday night in Bermuda. The Trinidad and Tobago player came from behind to defeat Guyana’s Akela Wiltshire 7-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-7 for the under-19 crown.
It was the second year in a row that Knaggs, a university student in Great Britain, had lifted the spotlight trophy and she had been the under-17 champ for the two previous years.
Alexandria Yearwood was the only other player from this country to reach a title match, but the national under-15 champ went down 11-1, 11-4, 11-2 against top-seeded Barbadian Amanda Haywood.
Marie Claire Barcant, last year’s national under 15 champ had lost in the semifinals the night before and she defeated Guyana’s Rebecca Low 11-2, 10-12, 11-8, 11-4 for the bronze medal.
T&T also claimed bronze medals in the boys’ under-17 and under-19 divisions.
National under-19 champ Nku Parick, who had lost to eventual winner Julian Morrison of Jamaica in the semis, edged Nyron Joseph 11-9, 11-4, 9-11, 4-11, 11-8 to gain revenge as the Guyanese player had been triumphant when the two squared off for the under-17 crown last year in Trinidad.
National under-17 champ Chad Salandy also needed five sets as he came from behind to edge Benjamin Mekdeki of Guyana 5-11, 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 11-5. Faith Gillezeau was this country’s other player to do battle for a medal, but after losing to the top seed in the semis, last year’s under-17 champ went under in the bronze-medal match, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 against Guyana’s Taylor Fernandes.Quarterfinalist Jamie Leigh Edghill ended up seventh when she beat Kersten Gordon of OECS (Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States) 11-5, 11-7, 11-5. Two T&T players squared off for seventh in the under-13 category and last year’s national age-group champ Aimee De Verteuil edged reigning champ Jinan Al Rawi 8-11, 11-5, 11-5, 4-11, 11-6.
Nicholas Caddle ended up in sixth place in the under-15 division when he was beaten 11-9, 11-4, 10-12, 11-8 by Reginald Brewster of Barbados. Kobie Khan, son of 18-time national champ Rhea Khan, lost in the first round in the division, and Christian Edghill lost a heart-breaking five-setter in the under-19 category after winning the first two sets when the tournament served off Sunday.
Christopher Anthony lost his first match in the under-13 age-group. The team events got going yesterday with both T&T teams drawn in the same group with Guyana and Bermuda. The finals are scheduled for Saturday.
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