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The vastly experienced duo of France-based Rheann
Chung and ten-time national champion Aleena
Edwards combined to secure T&T the women s team
title, 3-1 over Guyana on Wednesday s second night
of the 55th Caribbean Table-Tennis Federation Cham-
pionship in Gros Islet, St Lucia.
It was the fourth triumph by a women s national
team for T&T after previous wins on home soil in
2004, four years later in Jamaica and 2009 in French
A disappointing fourth last time out, T&T had already
surpassed its performance from last year in Guyana,
however the quartet of Chung, Edwards, Linda Par-
tap-Boodhan and 11-year-old Caribbean Under-13
champion, Jasher De Gannes wanted more.
But things did not start off so well for T&T as Par-
tap-Boodhan went under to Trenace Lowe 6-11, 9-11,
9-11 in the opening match of the best-of-five decider.
That was the last taste of succes for the Guyanese
as Chung outclassed Chelsea Edghill 11-5, 11-9, 11-5
and Lowe 11-2, 11-8, 4-11, 11-7 in her two matches
while Edwards, battled past Natalie Cummings in the
third contest, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8, 9-11, 11-9.
Earlier on in the semifinals, the local women survived
a fierce battle with bitter rival Dominican Republic,
before prevailing 3-2 after trailing 1-2.
Once again, it was Chung who got two victories
and Edwards, the other in the fifth and deciding match
Chung, a five-time Caribbean singles champ started
with an 11-8, 13-11, 11-1 triumph over Lineth Vila, but
Dominican Republic stormed back for a 2-1 lead when
Eva Britto came from behind to beat Edwards, 8-11,
11-6, 11-5, 11-5 and Yasiris stopped Partap-Boodhan
11-3, 11-5, 11-8.
However, faced with defeat Chung got T&T back
on level terms at 2-2 after a convincing 11-6, 11-8, 11-
7 win against Britto before Edwards, used all of her
years of experience in beating Vila, 11-8, 11-5, 11-8 to
seal T&T s gold medal contest spot.
Guyana reached the title match after it brushed
aside Barbados 3-0 with victories from Lowe, Cum-
mings and Akeisha Nedd, in the other semifinal.
Lowe battled past Angela Reid 12-10, 10-12, 11-6,
11-7; Cummings rallied past Sherrice Felix 11-3, 11-2,
5-11, 11-6 and Nedd outlasted Anthonette Riley 10-
12, 11-6, 11-4, 7-11, 11-9.
On Tuesday night, in their final Group Two round-
robin encounter with St Lucia, the local women again
won 3-0 with Edwards, Chung and Partap-Boodhan
Edwards punished Charmaine Polius 11-5, 11-1, 11-
3; Chung slammed Dawn Charles 11-7, 11-3, 11-2 and
Partap-Boodhan humbled Shermain Blasse 11-9, 11-
3, 11-3 as T&T topped the four-team pool with six
points, two ahead of Barbados, the other semifinal
The Barbadians swept past St Vincent and The
Grenadines, 3-0 in their final match as well to add to
its 3-0 thrashing of St Lucia which was interrupted
by a 0-0 loss at the hands of T&T.
In Group One, Guyana followed up its thrilling 3-
2 defeat of Dominican Republic by trouncing winless
Guadeloupe 3-0 to end as group winners with six
points while Dominican Republic, which rebounded
with a 3-0 blanking of Martinique was second with
five points. The tournament continues today with dou-
bles and Under-21 division competition.
Dominican Republic stop T&T men in final
T&T could not complete the team sweep as the
Dominican Republic defeated the local squad of France-
based Dexter St Louis, 62-year-old Canada-based
national champion David Mahabir and Humphreys
brothers, Curtis and Alric, 3-2 in an exciting contest
to end the night.
Dexter St Louis won both his matches, but T&T,
which was seeking a third team title after last year and
in 2009 on home soil still suffered a 2-3 loss to top
ranked Dominican Republic, with top rated local player
Curtis Humphreys going under to Emil Santos 11-7,
9-11, 9-11, 6-11 in the fifth and deciding
Humphreys was also beaten in the opening
match in the best-of-five series, 4-11, 6-11,
5-11 by Juan Vila before St Louis got his team
level at 1-1 via his 7-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-8 beating
The see-saw battle swung back in Domini-
can Republic favour when Samuel Galvez
stopped Canada-based 62-year-old T&T
national champion, David Mahabir 11-7, 11-
7, 9-11, 11-5 only for St Louis to outlast Vila
9-11, 11-8, 2-11, 11-9, 11-6 to set up the fifth
and deciding contest in which Santos defeated
In the semifinals played earlier on the
night, T&T got the better of Barbados 3-0
thanks to Curtis 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 10-12, 11-
8 win against Trevor Farley; St Louis defeat
of Kevin Farley 11-9, 11-3, 7-11, 11-3 and
Mahabir s scolding of Mark Dowell, 11-8, 11-
Dominican Republic also had a straight
forward semifinal win over Guadeloupe with
Juan Vila beating Gregory Cuirassier 11-2, 11-
8, 4-11, 11-4; Emil Santos over Arnaud La
Bique 11-8, 11-3, 11-3 and Simon Tomlinson
powering past Tryvonn Powlett 11-7, 11-9,
The duo of Barbados and Guadeloupe
advanced to the last four after beating St
Lucia and French Guiana, by similar 3-0
scorelines in their quarterfinals matches con-
tested in yesterday s morning session.
Both Dominican Republic and T&T, the
top two ranked teams in the men s compe-
tition were handed byes to the semifinal round
after securing top spot in their three-team
pools with 2-0 records.
On Tuesday in the group staged, Dominican
Republic whipped French Guiana and Aruba,
both by 3-0 margins in Group One while
defending champions T&T also had 3-0 vic-
tories against Guyana and St Lucia, respec-
tively in Group Two.
Chung, Edwards lead T&T women to fourth title
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