Now Smith takes down Williams
THE dream comeback continued for Lendl Smith yesterday in the National Open Tennis Championships at Eddie Taylor Public Courts, King George V Park, St Clair.
Playing singles in a tournament at home for the first time in two years, the two-time national champion came from behind to score a stunning 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory over top-seeded Tobagonian Yohahsey Williams in the men's singles semi-finals.
It was Smith's second straight triumph over a member of this month's Davis Cup team and came two days after hesurrendered just five games in crushing No. 3 seed Vaughn Wilson.
The No. 5 seed will not have a member of the Davis Cup team to contend with in today's title match, but it will be the next best thing as he will be taking on the team reserve Seve Day at 1 p.m.
The fourth-seeded Day shocked No. 2 seed Liam Gomez, a member of the Davis Cup team for the last three years, 6-4, 7-6 (7/2) in a battle of the United States-based teenagers in yesterday's other semifinal.
Smith and Day were on opposite sides of the draw doing battle for a place in today's doubles final after press time last night. Smith's partner is multiple national champ Ivor Grazette and Day has combined with Gomez.
The other semi was a battle featuring top seeds Williams and Wilson against fellow Tobagonians Akiel Duke and Jovani Lewis.
Tranquillity Open champ Breana Stampfli will be heavily favoured to capture her second title when the curtain falls on the one-week tournament today.
The top-seeded 16-year-old will oppose United States-based No. 2 seed Keneel Teasdale for the women's crown, right after the men's final.
Yesterday Stampfli and two-time national champ Shenelle Mohammed whipped Teasdale and Tobagonian Shania Millington 6-2, 6-1 for the doubles crown, It was their second straight title as they had lifted the "Tranquil" trophy when they combined for the first time three months ago.
And after doing the trick at "Tranquil", Kendell Cuffy will attempt to complete the over-45 sweep again today when he battles defending champ Rawle Boyce in the veterans' singles final.
Cuffy and Athelstan Phillips defeated Boyce and David Marshall 6-2, 7-5 in yesterday's doubles final.