BREANA STAMPFLI roared into the under-18 doubles semi-finals when the ITF (International Tennis Federation) Junior Tournament continued Wednesday in St Vincent.
Following a first-round bye, the national and two-time defending Tranquillity Open champion and Korean Jeung Won Yang could not have been more impressive as they did not allow Tobagonian Shania Millington and Julia D'Auvergne a single game to reach the last four.
The 16-year-old Stampfli and Yang had also been seeded second in an ITF junior tournament last week when they were beaten in the final by the top-seeded Bourguignon sisters, Alexandra and Madison.
The Americans have reached the semis again, but compatriot Kandis Legall, who has Trinidad and Tobago roots and is representing this country for the first time this week, and Amanda Soo Ping Chow were beaten 6-4, 6-4 by Nancy Menjivar of the Dominican Republic and Camila Ramazzini of Guatemala in the first round.
Legall, ranked 476th in the world in juniors, reached the quarter-finals in singles without hitting a ball as she won her second round match by default after a bye in the first.
The 17-year-old was then beaten 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 by Michelle Maria Valdez of the Dominican Republic.
The fifth-seeded Stampfli, who attained a career-high ranking of #504 on Monday, lost just three games from two matches to book her place in the quarters. But then last week's semi-finalist went under 7-6 (7/1), 6-3 against the younger Bourguignon sister, the fourth-seeded Alexandra.
The third and final stage of this three-leg Caribbean junior circuit will serve off at Shaw Park, Tobago, tomorrow with qualifying and under-14 round-robin action.
It will be the second straight year that the sister isle is staging an ITF tournament and Legall and Stampfli are expected to lead the local charge.