Seven T&T players in CAREBACO quarters
SEVEN players from Trinidad and Tobago found themselves in the quarter-finals of their respective categories when the Caribbean Badminton Championships (CAREBACO) continued Tuesday in Puerto Rico.
However, four of the seven reached the last eight without having to take the court, as three received first-round byes and 2011 Caribbean Under-11 champion Leon Cassie had a “walkover” in the Under-13 division.
Adivesh Marajh beat a Barbadian in three sets to join Cassie in the quarters, but Michael Constantine and Vance Juteram were beaten in two straight sets by players from Puerto Rico and Dominican Republic, respectively.
The girls’ Under-17 division was the most productive for T&T players, as Brittany Mohammed was the only one of the quartet who did not end up in the last eight when she was beaten by a Puerto Rican in straight sets.
National age-group champion Jada Renales whipped a Jamaican in straight sets, while Tiffany Rampersad needed three to get past a Guyanese and her twin sister Tanya benefitted from a bye.
National Under-15 champ Ralitsa Wong got a bye into her age-group quarters, but Ananda Ramsingh lost in straight sets to a Puerto Rican.
In the boys’ Under-11 category, national age-group champ Stephon Butcher got a bye into the last eight, but Marcus Alfonzo and Travis Sinanan were eliminated in the first round.
National Under-15 champ Nirad Ramlal beat a Puerto Rican in straight sets to reach the second round, and compatriot Aleem Ali was scheduled to begin his campaign yesterday.
National Under-17 champ Will Lee and Vikash Marajh got byes into the second round in this category, but Adrian Nicholson went under in straight sets to a Guyanese.
National age-group champ Jason Ramjass was expected to swing into action yesterday when the Under-19 division serves off. The seniors’ events also began yesterday and this country’s only representative is Arielle Gomez.