Sunday, January 21, 2018

Stampfli survives first hurdle


INTO SECOND ROUND: Breana Stampfli

Mark Fraser

BREANA STAMPFLI survived the first hurdle, but her three Trinidad and Tobago compatriots in the under-18 division did not when the ITF (International Ten-nis Federation) Junior Tournament continued on Monday in Bar-bados.

After being sent packing as the No. 5 seed in the opening round of the first stage of the two-leg ITF Caribbean Junior Circuit last week Monday in Trinidad, the three-time defending Tranquillity Open champion seemed on her way out right off the bat again when she dropped the first set 6-4.

However the fourth-seeded Stampfli, who had won the first set last week but then only managed to win one game from the next two, went on a roll and trounced American Dominique Vasile 6-2, 6-0.

Christiana Brigante, who had stunned Stampfli a week ago, produced an even bigger upset this time as the American was leading 6-1, 3-2 when top-seeded Russian Vera Aleshcheva retired with injury.

Tobagonians Kezia Koroma and Ty Abra-ham were again dismissed in the first round, along with Ab-raham’s twin brother, Joshua, who lost in the second round last week following a first-round bye.

Koroma failed to trouble the scorer against American qualifier Racquel Lyn, while national under-16 champ Ty managed just one game from sixth-seeded Mexican Cardenas Penchyna.

And as had been the case in Trinidad, national under-18 champ Joshua won the first set but faded and was eventually beaten 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 by Treajh Ferguson of Bahamas.

The Abraham twins were scheduled to begin their doubles campaign yesterday after losing in a “super tiebreak” in the final of the first leg last Thursday.

Stampfli, who made the doubles semis in Trinidad, is seeded to win the title with Korean Jueng Won Yang.

In under-14 action, national under-12 champ Scott Hackshaw, who was crowned national champ in the first leg, reached the quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Quinten Bang A Foe of Suriname.

Compatriot Adam Escalante nosed out Barbadian Romani Mayers 6-0, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) to advance, but the other T&T players, Liu Chin and Adam Scott were eliminated.