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France-based duo, and both five-time Caribbean
singles champions, Dexter St Louis and his step-
daughter Rheann Chung will start as overwhelming
favourites to capture the Solo National Table Tennis
singles titles when the competition resumes today
at the Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena from
However, St Louis and Chung, who combined to
win the mixed doubles last week will not be in early
action. In the men s draw the top 32 players inclusive
of defending champion Yuvraaj Dookram, Curtis
Humphreys, Aaron Wilson, and Canada-based David
Mahabir are on a bye from the 62-players round-
robin group phase.
Among the women, Chung will face stiff compe-
tition from 11-time winner and defending champion
Aleena Edwards, former champion Brittany Joseph,
Linda Partap-Boodhan and Catherine Spicer.
Also on today is the Men s Team final between
WASA and Arima Hawks and the Open Gender Divi-
sion Two decider featuring defending champions
University of T&T and Tobago Stars.
Last weekend in the men s seminal Arima Hawks,
inspired by five-time former national champion Reeza
Burk took down Solo Crusaders led St Louis.
Burke was the star of the show as he defeated
Anthony "Sandfly" Brown 11-4, 9-11, 11-13, 12-10,
11-8 and then had St Louis shaking his head as he
won 12-10, 8-11, 15-13, 11-9 in a gripping contest to
get his team even in the contest at 2-2.
But with the crowd expecting a fifth and deciding
contest between Hawks Anson Wellington and Cru-
saders Brown, the latter was nowhere to be found
and showed up after the five minute time allotted,
losing the match by default and handing Hawks a
3-2 victory and a spot in the final.
In the other semifinal WASA stopped Carenage
Blasters 3-2 led by Curtis Humphreys two wins.
Curtis Humphreys handed WASA a good start
beating Caribbean Senior bronze medal winner and
Junior champion Aaron Wilson 8-11, 12-10, 11-4, 3-
11, 11-9 and Dookram punished Kenwin Small 11-8,
11-8, 11-5 for a 2-0 lead. However, Sanga Quamina
playing in the third position for Blasters scored a
good come from behind 8-11, 8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-8
victory over Kenneth Permanand to spark Blasters
after they had fallen behind while Wilson displaying
good form, defeated Dookram, 11-9, 11-5, 11-3 to level
the match at 2-2.
In the decider, Blasters Kenwin Small pushed
Curtis Humphreys but fell short losing 6-11, 11-8,
3-11, 11/9, 7/11.
Already with the women s title secured, UTT after
playing through their Group One round-robin qual-
ifying group and registering wins over Slammers III
(3-1) and Solo Crusaders (3-2), UTT was handed one
of two quarterfinal round byes, with Stars A , winners
of Group Two thanks to victories over Arima Hawks
and D Abadie Youths, both by 3-0 margins getting
This allowed the UTT players a well-deserved rest
and in the first semifinal, UTT made light work of
Group Three winners Himalaya Sports Club by a 3-
0 margin with Davone Joseph, Kamal Hunte and
Lamani Clarke all in winners row.
Joseph defeated Imtiaz Mohammed 11-7, 13-11, 7-
11, 13-11, Hunte came-from-behind to beat Anil Ram-
lakhan 12-14, 9-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-9 and Clarke over-
came Vinoo Maraj 11-9, 6-11, 11-8, 11-8.
Himalaya topped Group Three of the qualifiers
beating WASA and Tobago Slammers II by similar
3-0 scorelines while Slammers II took second with
a 3-0 defeat of WASA as well.
In the other semis, Stars A created somewhat of
an upset as they dumped Solo Crusaders which fea-
tured five-times Caribbean women s singles and
Chung, St Louis favourites
for Solo singles title
Dexter St Louis
seven-times double champion, France-based
Rheann Chung, 3-2.
National Under-18 player Shaquille Mitchell
won the opener for Slammers A 11-1, 11-6,
11-6 over Kwame Laurence, but Chung then
schooled 11-year-old Derron Douglas, 11-4,
12-10, 11-6 to even the match at 1-1.
Slammers A regained the lead at 2-1 after
Benoni Daniel rallied past Dale Wilson 11-2,
9-11, 11-8, 13-15, 15-13, however Chung, once
again rescued her team with an 11-9, 11-9, 11-
7 beating of Mitchell.
But in the decider, she could only look on
helplessly as the youngster Daniel overwhelmed
Laurence, 11-7, 13-11, 8-11, 11-3 to book his
team a final s appearance.
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