Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Stampfli cruises into third 'Tranquil' final

Breana Stampfli cruised into her third final yesterday when the BG T&T Tranquility Open Tennis Tournament continued at the club's courts, Victoria Avenue, Port of Spain.

The 16-year-old, who won the singles crown on Sunday and will contest the mixed doubles title match today, and Shenelle Mohammed outclassed Dominique Coutain and Makalah Goodridge to book their place in tomorrow's doubles final.

It was Mohammed's first match since she was crowned national champ for the second straight time in 2007, but the 21-year-old left-hander looked lke she had not missed a beat.

Former top junior Jacqueline Straessle-Chin Lee and her sister-in-law Donna Chin Lee had taken the first set from Christine Alcazar and Cindy Kabli 6-3 at press time in the other semi-final.

Stampfli had beaten Kabli 6-0, 6-2 in the singles final and they will be on opposite sides of the net again today. Stampfli is playing with Tobagonian Dunstan DeNoon, while Kabli will be assisted by her son Jabrille.

The 17-year-old national doubles champ and 2005 singles champ Jonathan Gomez turned in the performance of the day yesterday when they brushed aside No. 2 seeds Richard McLetchie and Kendall Cuffy with surprising ease 6-2, 6-1 in the men's doubles semis.

The left-handed Cuffy had claimed the veterans' singles title in his first tournament as an over-45 player the day before and he and Althelstan Phillips will be overwhelming favourites to secure the doubles crown when they oppose Mark Lee Lum and Nicholas Sellier today.

Top-seeded Davis Cup players Yohansey Williams and Vaughn Wilson impressively set up a meeting with Gomez and Jabrille in tomorrow's open doubles final when the Tobagonians allowed Auguste brothers, Dion and Collin, just two games.

First serve today is 4 p.m.