Monday, February 19, 2018

Reno-Singh, Wilford shine in Chaguanas

KRISTI RENO-SINGH and Matthaus Wilford captured two singles titles apiece in the Central Academy & Club Badminton Tournament last Sunday at Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena, Chaguanas.

Reno-Singh, who is no stranger to winning two singles titles in a tournament, outclassed Ashisha Persad 21-8, 21-5 to secure her age-group (under-17) crown after dropping just four points against Alyssia Castanada in the semi-finals.

The story was similar in the under-19 category as Reno-Singh outclassed Sharon Sundarsingh 21-5, 21-2 in the semis and then went on to dethrone Akeila Pascall 21-7, 21-18.

Hannahleel Bones, who had given the champion her toughest test (21-17, 21-9) in the quarter-finals, went on to defeat Shenese Lalla 21-10, 19-21, 21-12 for the under-21 crown.

This division was contested for the very first time in any junior tournament, but just a few points were played in the boys' final before Jason Ramjass was forced to retire with leg cramps after trailing Wilford 4-2.

Last year's national under-17 champ had very little to offer after he has surprisingly pushed Wilford to the limit before going down 21-13, 16-21, 21-17 in the under-19 final.

Wilford, in his last tournament as a junior, has been the thorn in Ramjass' side for the last few years and easily beat his doubles partner for the under-19 title in the last two editions of the National Junior Championships.

A year after edging Adrian Nicholson in three sets for the under-15 title, Will Lee and his doubles partner squared off for the under-17 crown.

And after another battle royale, Lee prevailed again 21-19, 17-21, 21-17.

After winning the under-11 and 13 titles last year, Leon Cassie went after two singles title again. And although he was given no chance in the under-15 division, last year's Caribbean under-11 champ still managed to win two matches before he encountered Nirad Ramlal in the semis and went down 21-13, 21-16.

The No 2 seed went on to take the title, 20-22, 21-16, 21-12 over Aleem Ali, who had had stunned top-seeded Jerome Charles 21-13, 21-13 to reach the title round.

Cassie retained his under-13 crown with a 21-11, 21-13 triumph over Michael Constantine, while Stephon Butler, who had been beaten 21-10, 21-8 by Cassie in the semis, was a 21-12, 21-14 winner over Vance Juteram in the under-11 final.

Constantine's sister Brittney defeated Ananda Ramsingh 21-15, 21-17 in the under-13 final, while Jada Renales, last year's under-15 and 17 champ, retained her under-15 crown by overwhelming last year's under-13 champ Ralitsa Wong 21-7, 21-5.