five-time national champ: Reeza Burke
Laquis is ‘Sugar’ veterans’ champ
ANTHONY LAQUIS won his very first title when the Sugar To Energy Table Tennis Championships continued Wednesday night at Couva Chamber Headquarters opposite the Couva Hospital).
The player from Oxford Club recovered from a first-set thrashing to defeat Michael Fong of Solo Crusaders 3-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 in the veterans’ (over-45) final. Both players had been very impressive in the semifinals, as Fong had crushed Vinoo Maraj 11-4, 11-2, 11-3 and Laquis had whipped Imtiaz Mohammed 11-8, 11-9, 11-5.
When the tournament was last staged two years ago, Mohammed had lost in the final, but he gained sweet revenge when he nosed out his conqueror Faiz Mohammed (no relation) 5-11, 11-6, 13-11, 1-11, 12-10 in the quarterfinals. Just like in the semis, Fong had been the most impressive in the round before when he dismissed Michael Noel with surprising ease 11-4, 11-6, 11-2.
Merle Baggoo was one of just two females in the field of 42 and the 1963 national champ, who recently returned to competition after an absence of over 20 years, reached the last eight before going down 11-9, 11-7, 6-11, 12-10 against Laquis.
The team event will be contested and the men’s and women’s singles champs will be crowned when the curtain falls on the tournament tomorrow. When the tournament served off two weeks ago, Linda Partap-Boodhan and Brittany Joseph reached the women’s final, while Aaron Wilson, Anson Wellington, Alaric Humphreys and five-time national champ Reeza Burke are still alive in the men’s semis.