BREANA STAMPFLI suffered a heart-breaking defeat in the Under-18 doubles final of the Digicel ITF (International Tennis Federation) Junior Tournament yesterday at Eddie Taylor Public Courts, King George V Park, St Clair.
The Trinidad and Tobago player seemed certain to win her very first ITF title when she and Elysse Graci sat down at the change-over with a 4-1 lead over Julienne Keong of Singapore and Russian Ljubov Vazhenina in the second set after pocketing the first 7-5.
The No. 3 seeds had done little wrong to that point, but they immediately started to make up for lost time. And their opponents gained an added boost as the American Graci starting to feel the effects of the back injury which had hampered her in her quarterfinal defeat in singles the day before.
All of a sudden it was set-all. And after winning five straight games to close out the second set, the fourth seeds then took the "super tiebreak" 10/6 to claim the title.
Stampfli's fellow Tranquillity Open champion Adrian De Silva must also have found it difficult to sleep last night following his doubles semi-final match yesterday.
A super tie-break seemed the inevitable ending when the Tobagonian served for a 5-0 lead in the second set after Andres Cabezas and Juan Sebastian Caraval Jurado of Ecuador had taken the first 7-5.
But De Silva dropped serve and when he served for the set at 5-3, his partner Christian Cargill missed two "sitter" volleys and a routine one to keep the No. 5 seeds in contention to leave the court in straight sets.
In the next game the Bahamian was presented with an open court on set point and "bricked" an easier volley than the three in the previous game.
The set eventually went to the tie-break and the South Americans eliminated the No. 8 seeds 7-3. They will oppose Hector Garcia Oliveda of Spain and Croatian Neven Krivokuca for the title after the 9 a.m. singles finals today.
Doubles partners Madison Bourguigon of the United States and Korean Jeung Won Yang will battle for the girls' crown, while American Nichlas Crystal and Kevin Jack Carpenter of Mexico will square off in the boys' final.