Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Stampfli eyeing triple crown

WITH the singles title now in her possession for the second straight year, Breana Stampfli began her quest for triple glory in successful fashion yesterday when the BG T&T Tranquillity Open Tennis Tournament continued yesterday at the club's courts, Victoria Avenue, Port of Spain.

The 16-year-old, who bushed aside Cindy Kabli 6-0, 6-2 in Sunday's singles final, is playing mixed doubles with Tobagonian Dunstan DeNoon and the top seeds moved into the semi-finals with a 6-1, 6-2 victory over Dominic Coutain and Gianluc Robinson.

Stampfli is also seeded to win the women's doubles title, but her partner might be the one getting all the attention as Shenelle Mohammed will be competing for the first time since she retained her title in the National Championships five years ago.

They have a bye into the semis and will probably combine for the first time tomorrow.

After defeating Michael Cooper 6-3, 7-4 (7/4) to reach the senior veterans' (over-60) final yesterday, Dipnarine Rampersad will oppose Kendall Cuffy when the veterans' (over-45) semis are contested today. The other semi-final will be between top seed Rawle Boyce and Neil Lingo.

In Sunday's quarterfinals, defending champ Boyce was a 6-3, 6-3 winner over Randy Bailey: No. 2 seed Cuffy, in his first tournament as a veteran, cruised past Peter Moore 6-1, 6-2; the fourth-seeded Lingo outclassed Michael Pemberton 6-0, 6-2: and Rampersad scored a nail-biting come-from-behind 2-6, 7-5, 10/8 triumph over Brian Jackson.

Today's schedule will also include three of the men's doubles quarterfinal matches and the two women's doubles quarters. First serve is 4 p.m.

Yesterday's selected results: Senior veterans' semis A. Phillips bt M. Farah 6-1, 6-3. Mixed doubles quarters C. Auguste/T. Koroma bt R. McLetchie/D. Chin Lee 2-6, 6-3, 11/9.