Thursday, February 22, 2018

Trestrail dethrones Davis

Mohammed keeps ‘Catch’ Under-16, 18 crowns

NABEEL MOHAMMED retained his two singles titles, but Emma Rose Trestrail prevented Emma Davis from doing likewise when the Catch National Junior Tennis Championships concluded yesterday at Eddie Taylor Public Courts, King George V Park, St Clair.

Trestrail, who cruised to the Under-18 crown the day before, defeated the defending champion with surprising ease 6-2, 6-2 in the Under-16 final.

Earlier in the day, Davis held on to her Under-14 title when she surrendered just one game against Osenyonye Nwokolo.

Trestrail’s name appeared in both the Under-14 and 16 draws last year, but she was forced to withdraw from the tournament because of injury.

At the time, the left-hander and Davis were arch-rivals, but this victory and the manner in which it was achieved was surprising as Davis had been triumphant in their last three clashes.

None of the junior boys in the country are in the same league as Mohammed, but the top seed did not have things his own way in the Under-18 final as he defeated Nkrumah Patrick 7-6 (9/7), 6-2 to retain his title.

The Junior Davis Cup player had earlier overwhelmed unseeded Ryan Thomas 6-1, 6-1 to keep his Under-16 crown.

Scott Hackshaw, who was upset by Thomas in the Under-16 semi-finals, also successfully defended a title when he whipped Adam Escalante 6-4, 6-0 in the Under-14 final.

Both players had flown the red, white and black flag in “World Junior” pre-qualifying two weeks ago in El Salvador.

David Rodriguez was a convincing 4-1, 4-0 winner over Kyle Kerry in the day’s other singles final – Under 10.

Victoria Koylass and Kaiell George had been crowned under-12 champs on Wednesday, when Trestrail picked up her first title.

Wednesday’s results (finals): Under-12 – V. Koylass bt Kristen Marticorena (Guatemala) 6-2, 7-5 and K. George bt Alijah Leslie 6-1, 6-1. U-18 – E. Trestrail bt Juliet Campbell 6-1, 6-1.