AFTER failing to advance from the qualifying draw in the previous two legs of the Caribbean Junior Circuit, Nabeel Mohammed has made it to the under-18 quarterfinals of the Tobago ITF (International Tennis Federation) Junior Tournament.
The national under-16 and 18 champion followed up his shocking straight-set upset of the No. 4 seed on Monday by defeating American Elliot Thornton 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 on a rain-affected day of action at Shaw Park yesterday.
The only other Trinidad and Tobago player to reach the last eight was No. 2 seed Breana Stampfli, who dropped just one game against Barbadian Cherise Slocombe as the girls’ draw commenced.
The three-time defending Tranquillity Open champ lost in both the singles and doubles finals last week in St Vincent after capturing the doubles crown and reaching the singles title match the week before in the opening stage of the three-leg circuit in St Lucia.
Simone Pratt, the top-seeded Bahamian who defeated Stampfli in both singles finals, did not allow Dajohnique Delancy a single game, while fellow Tobagonian Shania Millington and Juliet Campbell also failed to trouble the scorer against American Ryan Peus and Julia D’Auvergne of St Lucia, respectively.
The news was not much better for Makalah Goodridge and Kezia Koroma, as they only managed one game each against Barbadian Kiana Marshall and Kyle McKenzie of the United States, respectively.
Rain affected play for over four hours and by press time, Danielle Devenish and eighth-seeded Tobagonian Ty Abraham had not yet taken the court.
In under-14 action, Adam Scott was the only local player to reach the semifinals after he edged compatriot Che Andrews 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 (7/2). National age-group champ Scott Hackshaw was beaten 7-5, 6-0 by Ukpioronfo Okolo, while another Grenadian, Mickel Alexander, accounted for Joshua Arnold 6-2, 6-3 and St Lucian Jean-Phillipe Murray rolled over Kobe James 6-0, 6-2.
First serve today is 9 a.m.