Roopnarine, De Gannes, Joseph shine at Solo Juniors
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Arun Roopnarine, of Arima Hawks, defeated Aaron Wilson 11-6, 11-13, 11-6, 11-6 to win the boys’ under-18 singles title at the Solo National Junior Table Tennis Championships, at the Eastern Regional Indoor Sports Arena in Tacarigua, yesterday.
Roopnarine won three titles in all during the tournament, including the boys’ under-21 singles and the under-21 mixed doubles with Hawks teammate Brittany Joseph on day one of the tournament, on Saturday.
Roopnarine defeated Amresh Mungal 11-7, 11-3, 11-8 in the under-18 semifinals to book his place in the final, while Wilson defeated Sarvesh Mungal 11-6, 11-8, 11-8 in the other semi.
In another singles event, yesterday, Joseph won the girls’ under-18 title, with Gyshan Latchman second and Nalini Boodoo taking third.
In the girls’ under-18 round robin, Joseph defeated Latchman 11-8, 13-11, 11-9 to take the top spot.
Joseph finished the Championships with four titles, including the girls’ under-21 singles, the girls’ under-21 doubles with UWI’s Ambika Sitram and the under-21 mixed doubles with Roopnarine.
St Andrew’s Anglican player, Joshua Maxwell won the boys’ under-13 singles, yesterday, defeating Brandon Beharry 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 in the final.
Beharry beat Jakeem Welch 8-11, 11-7, 13-11, 11-9 to reach the final, while Maxwell overcame Roberto Johnson 11-9, 11-7, 12-10 to book his spot.
In the girls’ under-13 singles, Bishop’s High School, Tobago student, Jasher De Gannes defeated Shurja Welch 11-9, 11-3, 11-4 to take the title.
De Gannes beat Ackayla Lucas 8-11, 11-7, 11-5, 11-6 in the semifinal round, while Welch defeated Shanekah Johnson 9-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-6, 13-11 in the other semi.
De Gannes, winner of the girls’ under-15 singles on Saturday, added the girls’ under-15 doubles to her list of achievements, pairing with her Bishop’s teammate, Shanekah Johnson to beat Shurja Welch and Lucas 6-11, 13-11, 11-2, 6-11, 11-9 in the final.
And in the boys’ under-15 doubles championship match, Mason Hall Secondary’s Benoni Daniel and Scarborough Secondary’s Koren Welch defeated Jakeem Welch and Maxwell 12-10, 10-12, 11-9, 11-7.
The under-15 mixed doubles event will be contested during the Tobago Open, on Sunday, September 22.