NABEEL MOHAMMED came close to upsetting the No. 2 seed when the Tobago ITF (International Tennis Federation) Junior Tournament continued yesterday at Shaw Park.
But after failing to close out Jason Legall in the second-set tiebreak of their “round of 16” clash, the two-time defending national under-16 and 18 champ lost a competitive decider 6-3, the same score that he registered to win the first set.
Legall, an American whose mother hails from South Trinidad, is ranked 597th in the world in juniors, 790 places ahead of his opponent.
Mohammed, who led the national team in the under-16 division of the most prestigious junior tennis tournament (known as JITIC) in the Central America and the Caribbean in El Salvador last week, was the only of 15 players from the host country to win a first-round encounter in the under-18 category the day before.
After getting a bye on Monday, Tobagonian “wild card” Tonyah Livonen was outclassed 6-0, 6-0 by eighth-seeded American Tiffany Huber. All five T&T girls in action the day before had also failed to trouble the scorer.
This country’ players did not perform much better in the under-14 division.
Aidan Carter, who did not have to face a foreigner, was the only boy to reach the semifinals.
He defeated compatriot Flynn Von Waldau 6-3 7-5, but Samuel West, Jaydon Alexis and Adam Ramkissoon were all sent packing.
Antiguan Cordell Williams Jr allowed West just one game, Alexis was beaten 6-2, 6-2 by Jacobi Bain of Bahamas and St Lucian Adriel Bosquet was leading 6-4, 1-0 when Ramkissoon retired with injury.
In the girls’ quarterfinals, Osenyonye Nwokolo became the only local player to beat a foreigner yesterday when the age-group champ of the recent Sagicor Junior Tournament whipped Barbadian Alesha Alleyne 6-2, 6-1.
“Sagicor” under-12 champ Yin Lee Assang reached the semis with a 6-4, 6-4 triumph over national under-12 champ Victoria Koylass, but Lily Lanser was beaten 6-4, 6-3 by American Martine Fierro and Jade Tom Yew only managed one game against American Khyanne Singh in the other quarterfinals.
The under-18 quarters and under-14 semis will be contested from 9 a.m. today.