RHEANN CHUNG captured a bronze medal in singles when the curtain fell on the ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) Latin American Championships yesterday in the Dominican Republic.
The Trinidad and Tobago player was beaten in four straight games in the semi-finals, while step-father Dexter St Louis failed to get into the medal round when he went under in the quarter-finals.
The 29-year-old Chung began the day with a convincing 11-5, 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-5 triumph over Caribbean Under-21 champion Eva Brito of the Dominican Republic in the quarters to be assured of a medal.
The victory was sweet revenge for the France-based player, who had whipped Brito in straight games in the team events of last year’s Caribbean Championships but then lost in six when they clashed in the singles final a few days later.
However Chung, who won four matches in the main draw after two victories to top her round-robin group, then came up against Ligia Slva and was beaten 11-4, 11-6, 11-8, 11-9 by the Brazilian.
St Louis, who like Chung is a five-time Caribbean singles champ, took a close first game of his quarter-final encounter, but then lost three straight and eventually went down 11-13, 11-6, 11-4, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8 against Mexican Marcos Madrid in the last eight.
St Louis and Chung were crowned Caribbean mixed doubles champs for the seventh time last year, but they went out in the second round in this tournament.
The left-handed St Louis and Curtis Humphreys reached the round of 16 in doubles and 16-year-old two-time Tobago Open champ Aaron Wilson also exited at this stage in the Under-21 draw.
Wilson, Humphreys, the country’s top-ranked locally-based player, and the France-based St Louis failed to advance from the group stage in the team event, along with the women’s squad – Chung, Aleena Edwards and Linda Partap-Boodhan.
Ten-time national champ Edwards, Boodhan, Wilson and Humphreys all failed to move forward from the group stage in the singles. Edwards lost in the first round of doubles alongside Boodhan, who also went out at the first hurdle in mixed doubles, with Wilson.