Number-three seeded Breana Stampfli of T&T, advanced to the final of the Girls Singles Under-18 category yesterday at the St Vincent ITF Junior International Tennis Tournament, when her Canadian opponent Anjana Suresh could not go the distance.
Stampfli won the first set comfortably 6-3, but the fifth seeded Suresh fought back to win the second set 7-5 to set up an exciting final set. Unfortunately, with Stampfli leading 2-1 in the third set, Suresh was forced to retire due to a wrist injury.
Stampfli will meet Simone Pratt of Bahamas today in the final as Pratt fought back to win her semifinal match against Ryan Suresh of USA. After losing the first set 5-7, the number one seeded Pratt bounced back to win the second and third sets, 6-4, 6-3. When Stampfli and Pratt met in the St Lucia ITF final last week, Pratt rolled over Stampfli 6-0, 6-0.
In the all-American Boys U-18 Singles Semifinal, Myles Schalet and Sami Kirberg defeated Jesse Ruder-Hook and Gui Gomes respectively to advance to today's final. Schalet got past Ruder-Hook 6-2, 6-2, while Kirberg outlasted Gomes 7-6, 6-2.
Girls Singles Semifinals Under-18
Breana Stampfli (T&T) def Anjana Suresh (CAN) 6-3, 5-7, 2-1
Simone Pratt (BAH) def Ryan Suresh (USA) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3
Boys Singles Semifinals U-18
Myles Schalet (USA) def Jesse Ruder-Hook (USA) 6-2, 6-2
Sami Kirberg (USA) def Gui Gomes (USA) 7-6, 6-2.