BREANA STAMPFLI'S dream of capturing a triple crown for the second year in succession was dashed at the first hurdle, yesterday, when the BG T&T Tranquillity Open Tennis Tournament continued at the club's courts, Victoria Avenue, Port of Spain.
The 17-year-old and Donna Chin Lee seemed well on their way to the women's doubles final after they humbled Trevine Sellier and Leah Alcala 6-0 in the opening set. But the 2010 champions bounced back admirably to level proceedings 6-4, and then ran away with the deciding "super tiebreak" 10/3.
Alcala and Sellier will oppose last year's runners-up for the title, tomorrow, after veterans Cindy Kabli and Christine Alcazar taught under-18 players Sarah Escalante and Bridgette Garcia a lesson, 6-3, 7-5, in the other semifinal.
Stampfli is still the prohibitive favourite to capture the titles in mixed doubles and singles.
The 490th-ranked junior in the world returned to the court shortly after her defeat last night, and was expected to reach the mixed doubles final with her partner Dunstan Denoon after press time.
Denoon had also competed earlier in the day. Denoon and fellow left-hander Jovani Lewis were pushed to the limit before getting the better of Elan Mendes and Jelani Davidson--multiple ITF (International Tennis Federation) under-14 champs over the last two years--5-7, 7-5, 10/3, in the men's doubles semis.
Top seeds and defending champs, Yohansey Williams and Vaughn Wilson joined their fellow Tobagonians in tomorrow's title match when they allowed rising junior stars Aaron Soo Ping Chow and Nabeel Mohammed just two games.
Both mixed doubles semis were still in progress at press time. The final will take place from four p.m. today.