|TT players book spots in CAREBACO finals |
Sunday, August 13 2017
TRINIDAD AND Tobago’s badminton players showcased their dominance yesterday as they took advantage of the home court advantage and booked their spots in the finals, across the majority of events, at the 2017 CAREBACO held at the National Racquet Centre (NRC), Tacarigua.
Serving from the front for TT was Nadav Singh as he absorbed the crowd support and pressure, triumphing over fellow countryman, Aditya Maharaj, 21-13, 21- 15 to book his spot in the Boys Singles Under-11 final. Singh will face Nathan King, after the Bajan blocked the possibility of all-TT final, defeating Andrew Babwah 21-1, 21-7 in the semi-final.
However, in the Girls U-11 equivalent, there will be an all-local cast in the final as Amara Urquhart surpassed TT’s Nicha Fraser 23-21, 21-15. She will square off against T’Shelle Barnes after Barnes got past TT’s Kaylee Noel 21-7, 21-3 in their semi-final.
Travis Sinanan will be TT’s representative in the Boys Singles U-13 category as he got the better of Suriname’s Al Hassan Somedjo 21-19, 21-14. He will be facing another Surinamese rival in Rivano Bisphan when the final serves off later today.
Reece Marcano will take the mantle of representing the hosts in the finals of the Boys U-15 after he trounced local man Justin Samaroo 21-18, 21-6. Marcano faces Dominick Scanterberry in their final after the another Bajan prevented an all-Trini final by defeating Zion St Rose 21-14, 21-16.
In the Boys U-17 category, Leon Cassie got past his Bajan rival Shomari Smith 21-8, 21-11 in the semi-final, booking his spot against Daniel Acosta of the Dominican Republic.
The Girls U-17 saw TT athlete Sandhya Cassie losing out on a final berth as she succumbed to Imani Mangroe of Suriname 21- 17, 21-14.
In the Doubles, TT’s athletes will also have a dominating cast in the finals.
Nadav Singh and his partner Jamahl Mason will square off against Aditya Maharaj and Kiran Rampersad in an all-TT affair of the Boys U-11 category.
A similar situation takes place when Barnes and her partner Sanna Guria will face Fraser and Kaycee Noel in the girls equivalent.
In the Boys Doubles U-13, locals Sinanan and Seth Mollah battles against fellow countrymen James Babwah and his partner Nicholi Marcano, after both pairs defeated their Jamaican and Bajan rivals, respectively.
TT’s Amara Joachim and Danae Mootoosingh will take on Suriname’s Melody Sjauw Koen Fa and her partner Michelle Guzman of the Dominican Republic.
The Boys U-15 will see TT’s Reece Marcano and St Rose will battle against Surinamese Jason Chen and Kevin King in the category final.
The Mixed Doubles U-11 will feature an all-TT final after treble hunter, Nadav Sigh and his teammate Sanna Guria won their semi-final after three sets, booking a place against Kiran Rampersad and Amara Urquhart.
The action-packed CAREBACO finale gets going at 9 am today at the NRC and will run until at 6 pm.