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St Louis, Chung one win away from singles glory
France-based duo, Dexter St Louis and his step-daughter, Rheann Chung remained on course to add to their titles already won at this year’s 55th Caribbean Regional Table-Tennis Federation Championship after they reached the gold medal matches in their respective singles competition at the Beausejour Indoor Sports Arena, Beausejour, Gros Islet, St Lucia, last night. Chung who has previously won the women’s crown in 2004, 2008, 2009, and last year came up against Dominican Republic’s Eva Britto in the final while St Louis, a former winner in 1998, 2004, 2006 and 2009, was to battle Dominican Republic opponent Emil Santos. This after Chung, who won the women’s team title and mixed doubles gold with St Louis as well as women’s doubles silver with 11-year-old Jasher De Gannes humbled another Dominican Republic player Lineth Vila in her semifinal, 11-6, 13-11, 11-8, 11-8. Ten-time national women’s champion Aleena Edwards, came up short in her effort to make it an all-T&T final, as she was beaten by Britto, in the other semifinal 4-11, 11-8, 5-11, 7-11, 6-11 and had to settle for bronze.
Earlier on yesterday, Chung swept past Kircia Diaz of Dominican Republic in the quarterfinals, 11-3, 11-7, 11-2, 11-6 while Edwards spanked Barbadian Sherrice Felix 14-12, 11-9, 11-9, 8-11, 7-11. In the two other last-eight matches, T&T’s Linda Partap-Boodhan was stopped by Vila 4-11, 9-11, 12-10, 11-8, 6-11, 5-11 and Britto, was a 12-10, 11-8, 13-11, 10-12, 8-11, 11-11 victor over Chelsea Edghill of Guyana. On Thursday, in the last-16, Chung went past Trenace Lowe of Guyana 8-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-3, 11-8, Edwards came-from-behind to beat Yasiriz Ortiz of Dominican Republic 5-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6 and Partap-Boodhan dumped Julia Morris-Young of Barbados 11-7, 11-3, 11-4. De Gannes won her round-of-16 contest with Barbadian Anthonette Riley 11-6, 9-11, 11-8, 12-10 but was then stopped by Diaz 7-11, 7-11, 9-11. St Louis, who wasted a 3–1 lead in the best-of-seven sets men’s final last year and had to settle for silver for a second straight year, going under to Hector Berrios of Dominican Republic, moved to within one win of individual title number five by outlasting Dominican Republic’s Juan Vila 11-7, 11-5, 14-12, 11-7 in straight sets in his semifinal match.
Santos beat compatriot Isaac Vila, 11-9, 12-10, 11-7, 11-8 in the second semifinal. St Louis started off the main draw knockout by defeating two-time Caribbean Champion, Barbadian Trevor Farley 11-8, 15-13, 11-2 in his last-16 match before he returned yesterday and brushed aside Dominican Republic’s Samuel Galvez 11-3, 11-2, 14-12, 11-2 in their quarterfinal. Alaric Humphreys, a member of the silver medal T&T men’s team also reached the quarterfinal but was stopped by Dominican Republic’s Juan Vila, 6-11, 7-11, 6-11, 5-11. In the two other quarterfinals Isaac Vila accounted for Barbadian Kevin Farley 6-11, 11-3, 6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-7 and Emil Santos punished another Bajan, Mark Dowell 11-1, 11-8, 11-8, 11-9
Earlier on Humphreys overcame Guyana’s Nigel Bryan 10-12, 11-2, 11-4, 11-8 in the round-of-32 and followed it up with a battling 11-8, 6-11, 11-7, 10-12, 13-11 victory against French Guiana’s Stephane Figaro.
T&T’s 62-year-old Canada-based national champion David Mahabir also began in impressive fashion, via his 11-7, 11-2, 11-6 demolition of Martinique’s Samuel De Lepine in the last-32.
However, Mahabir was then halted by Juan Vila 6-11, 5-11, 11-13 while local top ranked Curtis Humphreys after receiving a last-32 bye was upstaged by Bajan Mark Dowell 5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 4-11. On Friday, T&T’s Arun Roopnarine got bronze in the Under-21 boys singles after he was stopped in the semifinals by Dominican Republic’s Isaac Vila, 8-11, 11-2, 4-11, 11-5, 11-5. Vila won the title beating countryman, Samuel Galvez 11-4, 9-11, 9-11, 11-7, 13-11. On the Under-21 women’s side, De Gannes fought brilliantly against world ranked Kircia Diaz of the Dominican Republic before bowing, 6-11, 13-11, 9-11, 11-8, 10-12. She also went under to Guyana’s Akeicia Nedd in a close contest but defeated Kelly Anne Heloise of Martinique 11-0, 11-3, 11-4. Canada-based national singles champion, 62-year-old, David Mahabir got silver in the veteran final as he fell to Cuban Raul Betancourt of Cuba who made it a hat-trick of wins. Betancourt won 11-8, 11-7, 11-7. Earlier, David Mahabir beat Teddy Matthews of St Lucia in his semifinal, 11-3, 14-12, 11-4
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