TRINIDAD and Tobago’s Dexter St Louis and Rheann Chung both won twice yesterday to reach the singles quarterfinals when the ITTF (International Table Tennis Federation) Latin American Championships continued in the Dominican Republic.
Chung reached the last eight with an 11-6, 7-11, 11-3, 4-11, 11-8, 11-9 triumph over Puerto Rican Adrina Diaz after being forced to go right down to the wire to edge Daniela Camino of Ecuador 7-11, 11-3, 7-11, 12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7 in the first round.
The France-based player faced Eva Brito of the Dominican Republic for a place in the semifinals after press time last night.
Chung had prevailed easily when they clashed during the team event of last year’s Caribbean Championships, but was stunned by the under-21 champ when they squared off in the singles final a few days later.
St Louis, Chung’s step-father who is also a five-time Caribbean singles champ and based in France, also needed seven games in the first round. But after the southpaw nosed out Juan Lamadrid of Chile 11-5, 6-11, 11-3, 9-11, 7-11, 11-7, he cruised past Argentine Fermin Tenti 13-11, 11-6, 11-7, 10-12, 11-7.
St Louis came up against Marcos Madrid of Mexico last night for a place in the medal round.
This country’s other four players – Curtis Humphreys, Aaron Wilson, Linda Partap-Boodhan and ten-time national champ Aleena Edwards — all lost both matches at the initial stage and failed to qualify from their round-robin groups.
Wilson, the 15-year-old two-time Tobago Open champ, whipped Isaac Vila of the Dominican Republic 11-5, 13-11, 11-4 in the first round of the under-21 draw, but was then beaten 11-7, 11-3, 11-6 by Tenti in the “round of 16.”
The tournament concludes today.