KEY VICTORY: Jada Renales

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T&T players sparkling in CAREBACO Championships

 TRINIDAD and Tobago players are off to an impressive start at the Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) Championships in Jamaica.

After a narrow victory when the tournament served off on Thursday, the senior team trounced Barbados 4-1 the day after.

Eight-time national singles champion Kerwyn Pantin was in a no-nonsense mood in singles, as he prevailed 21-3, 21-11 and later the eight-time national singles champion combined with Keston Friday to coast home 21-14, 21-10 in doubles.

Five-time national champ Nekeisha Blake was also a comfortable winner (21-9, 21-10) and T&T had a walkover in women’s doubles as Barbados did not have a pair.

Blake and Alistair Espinoza narrowly failed to complete the sweep when they lost the mixed doubles 18-21, 21-11, 21-18.

The two had also lost the final match the day before, but T&T had already secured the victory by winning three of other four in the fixture.

Blake got the ball rolling by winning her singles match 21-15, 21-16 and Pantin and Friday completed the victory with a 21-15, 14-21, 21-18 triumph in doubles.

It was the second win of the fixture for Blake as he has taken his singles match 21-15, 21-19 to give T&T a 2-0 lead.

The Jamaicans then pulled one back when their women’s doubles pair trounced Jade Joseph and Avril Plaza 21-4, 21-10.

With the fixture deadlocked at 2-2, Will Lee and national Under-17 champ Jada Renales clinched victory for the T&T junior team by edging their Barbadian opponents 21-19, 26-24 in their opening fixture on Thursday.

Last year’s national Under-17 champ Lee gave T&T the lead when he won the boys’ singles match 21-15, 26-24 and national Under-19 champ Kristi Reno-Singh stretched it by prevailing 21-16, 19-21, 21-13.

But then the combinations of national Under-19 champ Naim Mohammed and Sheraz Nabbie and Singh and Renales and Reno-Singh lost the doubles matches 21-14, 21-19 and 17-21, 21-15, 21-18, respectively, to set up the decider. 

The team events will conclude today and the individual events will take place from tomorrow until 

Friday.

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