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St Louis spanks Santos for fifth title
France-based Dexter St Louis smashed his way to a fifth men’s singles crown when he crushed Dominican Republic’s Emil Santos in straight sets to close out the 55th Caribbean Regional Table-Tennis Federation Championship at the Beausejour Indoor Sports Arena, Beausejour, Gros Islet, St Lucia, on Saturday night.
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, made amends with an emphatic 11-8, 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 to add to his previous triumphs in 1998, 2004, 2006 and 2009.
Earlier on in the semifinals St Louis defeated another Dominican Republic player, Juan Vila also in straight sets, 11-7, 11-5, 14-12, 11-7 in while Santos outclassed his countryman, Isaac Vila 11-9, 12-10, 11-7, 11-8 in the other semis.
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
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.
T&T’s Rheann Chung came up short in her bid for a fifth women’s single crown after she was beaten in six sets by Dominican Republic’s Eva Britto.
Chung who has previously won the women’s crown in 2004, 2008, 2009, and last year started off brightly by taking the first two sets, 11-6, 11-7, however Britto stormed back to win the next four sets at 9, 4, 5 and 7 to deny the step-daughter of St Louis.
Earlier on, 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 while Britto ousted another T&T player, in ten-time national women’s champion Aleena Edwards, 11-4, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-6.
In the quarterfinals 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.
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