Thursday, December 14, 2017

Phillip defends ‘Chetwynd’ title

 SELMA PHILLIP will attempt to capture the women’s singles crown for the second year in succession when the Chetwynd Tennis Club’s Senior International Tournament continues from 9 a.m. today at St Augustine Club, McCarthy Street, Port of Spain.

The Grenadian outclassed all her opponants to win the title in last year’s inaugural edition and picked up where she left off by not allowing Susan Espinoza a single game when the tournament served off on Friday. The women’s event is a round-robin draw with just three players, but Leah Alcala, a former national and Tranquillity Open doubles champ, also overwhelmed Espinoza (6-3, 6-0) to set up today’s virtual final.

Phillip’s brother Carl Phillip, who upset the No. 4 seed from Aruba in straight sets the day before, came from a set down to edge Neil Lingo 3-6, 6-3, 10/4 and book a place in the over-50 semifinals yesterday.

Third-seeded Athelstan Phillips, one of the country’s leading over-45 players for at least the last ten years, moved into the last four with a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Raffick Mohammed. The other two quarter-finals will be played today.

In the main event, top seed and defending champ McColin Fontenelle of St Lucia will oppose Earl James and Ricky Villarouel will face No. 2 seed Richard McLetchie for places in the over-35 semis.

The tournament ends tomorrow.