FOUR Trinidad and Tobago players reached singles finals and two more made it to a doubles title match on the penultimate day of Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation (CAREBACO) Championships yesterday in Jamaica.
And after combining to capture the gold medal in doubles two days ago, Reece Marcano and Travis Sinanan will be on opposite sides of the net when they battle for the Under-11 singles crown today.
In yesterday’s semi-finals, Marcano ousted top-seeded Keenan Scantlebury 21-14, 21-10, while Sinanan came from behind to dispose of another Barbadian, second-seeded Russell Butcher 16-21, 21-12, 21-16.
National age-group champions Jada Renales and Brandon Khillawan were seeded to win gold medals and they are now just one victory away.
In yesterday’s Under-17 semis, Renales defeated Shantae Smith 21-19, 21-16 to set up a meeting with another Jamaican, Esther Reynolds, in the today’s title match.
Joel Angus prevented an all T&T Under-15 final when the Jamaican defeated Ihsaan Furlonge 21-16, 21-12. After narrowly losing the first set 21-18, Khillawan came to life and trounced Barbadian Nicholas Sobers 21-10, 21-7 in the other semi-final.
A T&T pair also reached a doubles final yesterday when Waynette Thomas and Vance Juteram upset top seeds Kayla Miller and Dominick Scantlebury of Barbados 21-17, 21-16 in the Under-13 mixed doubles semis.
Like Furlonge, Juteram, Zion St Rose and Ananda Ramsingh were forced to settle for bronze medal in singles.
Juteram was beaten 21-17, 21-13 by Zane Reid, whose fellow Jamaican Adam Taylor accounted for second-seeded St Rose 13-21, 21-14, 21-14 in the other Under-13 semi.
And national Under-15 champ Ramsingh went under 21-12, 21-16 against No. 2 seed Taina Daley of Jamaica in her age-group semis.
T&T’s Will Lee and national age-group champs Naim Mohammed and Kristi-Reno Singh were involved in the Under-19 semis and Solangel Guzman played for a place in the women’s final after press time last night.
Top-seeded Guzman crushed Barbadian Shari Watson 21-8, 21-16 in Wednesday night’s quarter-finals after a first-round bye.
National doubles champ Keston Friday suffered a heart-breaking loss 18-21, 21-11, 25-23 against top-seeded Jamaican Gareth Henry, whose fellow Jamaican Shaquille Palmer defeated fourth-seeded eight-time national champ Kerwyn Pantin 21-13, 21-19 in another men’s singles quarter-final.