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Sinanan brothers, Barnes hug champions spotlight

Monday, April 24, 2017

The Sinanan brother Travis and Renaldo who each captured a triple crown of wins in the singles, doubles and mixed doubles categories were the toast of the 2017 Solo National Junior Badminton Championships which was hosted by the Trinidad and Tobago Badminton Association out athe the Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena in Chaguanas over the weekend.

The Sinanans dominated as over three dozens athelete vie for top honours that were awarded to the boys and girls and the young men and women in the five categories after some very competitive and intense play on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

But not to be outdone was T’Shelle Barnes, who also captured titles in all three categories in which she contested.

Renaldo Sinanan, a native of Sangre Grande and a sixth form student of Holy Cross College, competed in the Under 19 category. In the Boys’ Singles, Sinanan, long with his partner Stefano Bedasie, had to overcome the very talented pair of Mikael Joachim and Nathaniel Khillawan, as they squeezed past the pair, 21-18, 12-21 and 22-20.

In the Mixed Doubles category, Sinanan (Renaldo) teamed up with Nelida Bedasie in winning in a three setter against Nathaniel Khillawan and Ralitsa Wong, this time coming from one set down to register a 14-21, 21-14, 21-13 victory. In the marquee event the Boys’ Singles, 17-year-old Sinanan, who will be presenting T&T at the Pan American Championships in Canada in July, defeated Khillawan 21-18 and 21-14 to sweep all the top honours in the age group.

A similar story unfolded in the Under 13 category as the younger Sinanan (Travis), a Form One student of Holy Cross College, also took top honours in all three categories in which he competed.

In the Boys’ Doubles he paired up with Seth Mollah to defeat Andrew and James Babwah 21-9 and 21-5. He came back later to team up with Sonja Cassie to beat Seth Mollah and Jada Smith, 21-10 and 21-8. His final win of the night came as he defeated Mollah, 21-6 and 21-5 to be crowned champion of the Under 13 division.

Meanwhile, Barnes beamed from the podium as she collected her trophies after victories in the Girls’Doubles with partner Yelena Lewis as they got past Kara Ashley Robertson and Amara Urquhart, 21-10 and 21-19; in the Mixed Doubles as she paired with Jace Smith to defeat Nadav Singh and Sanna Guria, 21-13 and 21-18 and completed the triple crown with a hard fought win over rival Amara Urquhart 9-21, 21-19 and 21-19.