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Davis, Mohammed advance as T&T struggle in ITF
Emma Davis and Nabeel Mohammed were the bright sparks on an otherwise dull day for T&T in the Under-18 Division of the TSTT/b-mobile-sponsored ITF Junior Tournament at the Nelson Mandela Park, St Clair, yesterday.
Davis defeated Denee Lyttle of St Vincent 4-6, 7-5 and 6-2 for the right to progress in the knock-out phase while Mohammed took care of Alfredo Passo of the United States 6-3 and 7-6. Both will now move on to the second round but Davis will receive precious ITF points as the girls’ draw consists of 32 players.
For Mohammed to be among the points he will have to win again in the second round since the boys’ draw comprises a larger field of 48 players.
As Davis and Mohammed advanced, a number of T&T players perished in action yesterday, including number #1 seed Scott Hackshaw who lost to Janoskar Kjellberj of the USA 7-6, 6-0 and Brandon Tom who has the most ITF points among the local players, going down in straight sets to Michael Agee of the USA 6-2, 6-1.
Also facing defeat Jaydon Alexis who was clobbered by Lancelot Carhello of Sweden 6-0, 6-0and Anya King who failed to stop the USA’s Alexa Butera from claiming a convincing 6-0, 6-1 victory.
T&T’s Timothy Davis, after watching his sister progress at the tournament earlier, could not follow in her footsteps, losing 6-0, 6-0 to Kiric Bekisojlu of Turkey and later Adam Escalante was swept aside Emilio Samhan in convincing fashion 6-2, 6-1. Fourth ranked Kobe James also suffered defeat 6-2, 6-1 to James Ignatowich of the USA; Ryan Thomas lost to USA’s Kiev Moores 6-1, 6-3 and Carissa Rodulfo was stopped by Khyinna Singh of St Vincent in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.
The u-14s also had a poor day on the courts at the Country Club, Maraval with a win in only the doubles. Kyle Kerry and Elijah Leslie got the better of Samuel Jaramillo and Sanjeev Ramit of Curacao 6-0, 6-2, otherwise there were defeat for Eathan Jaery and Victoria Koylas who went down to Aaron Fields of Antigua 6-3, 6-4 and Sarinah Maduro of Curacao by a similar margin (6-3, 6-4).
Action continues today with better results expected from top seed in the U-14s Aiden Carter who faces Guyana’s Hewimraj Resaul; Samuel West who comes up against Joshua Kalekezi (Guyana) and Adam Ramkissoon meeting Australia’s Ashley Lawrence.