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Peruvian is first ‘RBC’ champ

Davis siblings reach under-16 finals

By Shammi Kowlessar

A PERVUIAN was crowned the first champion of the RBC Junior Tennis Tournament yesterday at Trinidad Country Club, Maraval.
The day after edging national age-group champ Kaela Frank in a “super tiebreak” in the semi-finals, Kristen Martiorena cruised past top seed Solange Skeene 4-2, 4-0 for the under-10 crown.
Samuel West was the other champ crowned yesterday when the under-12 favourite was a 4-1, 5-3 winner over Aidan Carter for the title.
The six-day tournament will conclude today with both under-14 and 16 finals on the schedule as well as the boys’ under-10 title match.
Yesterday, Kyle Kerry came from behind to edge Liam Sheppard 2-4, 4-1, 11/9, while Johnny Su was a 5-4 (7/4), 4-2 winner over Alijah Leslie in the under-10 semis.
In the under-14 semis, Adam Eacalante halted Flynn Von Waldau 6-3, 6-0, while Che Andrews denied George Young Sing 6-3, 6-1.
In the girls’ equivalent semis, Anya King had no trouble disposing of Daynelle Des Vignes 6-1, 6-3, but Tonyah Ivonen was forced to go right down to the wire to nose out Aura Whittier 6-4, 2-6, 10/5.
Scott Hackshaw was not expected to be threatened in the under-16 semis, but the national under-14 champ was forced to pull out all the stops to get by Nkrumah Patrick 4-6, 7-6 (11/9), 10/5.
Timothy Davis booked the other place in today’s final with a 6-4, 7-5 victory over Brandon Gregoire.
Davis’s sister Emma, the national under-14 and 16 champ, advanced to the girls’ equivalent final by beating Carissa Rudolfo 6-3, 6-3, while arch-rival Emma Rose Trestrail got there with a 6-2, 6-1 triumph over Makalah Goodridge.
Rain played a major part again yesterday as almost five hours of playing time were lost.
First serve on the final day of the 37th annual tournament is 9 a.m.
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