KOROMA, ABRAHAM TWIN RULE CATCH
Crusoe Isle Lawn Tennis Club won eight of the 16 titles at stake in the Catch National Junior Tennis Championships that culminated at the Eddie Taylor Public courts, King George V Park, St Clair last Saturday.
They completely dominated the Under 16 and Under 18 Divisions with the semi-finals and finals for Singles and Doubles being all Tobago affairs, courtesy the Abraham twin, Ty and Joshua and Akeil Duke and Elan Mendez, while Kesia Koroma ruled the Under 16 and Under 18 Singles and in tandem with losing finalist Dejohnique DeLancey won the Doubles to mirror their male counterparts.
The Under 10 final was also an all Tobago affair with Ester James outplaying Kaela Frank in the final.
Koroma was the only triple-crown winner. She defeated Delancey 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 in the Under 16 final, was dominant in the Under 18 final, not dropping a game as she humiliated Aryanne Hart 6-0, 6-0 to capture the title and then in tandem with Delancey they easily outplayed Hart and Olivia Mitchell 6-3, 6-1 to claim the 16/18 Doubles title.
Ty Abraham set the stage for their dominance when he outplayed Elan Mendes 6-1, 6-4 in the Under 16 final though he lost in the Under 18 semifinal to the favourite, the # One seed, Akeil Duke 3-6, 6-1, 10-8 in a super tie-breaker.
However, Duke was upstaged by Ty's twin Joshua who played some of his best tennis to get past Duke and avenge his brother's defeat at 7-5, 6-7, 6-2 in a thrilling final that produced a very high quality of tennis.
Ty's biggest victory was his upset of Ross Hackshaw at 4-0, 5-3 and then he almost added Duke tohism list Duke , eventually losing at 6-1, 6-4 in the semis after winning the first set 6-4.
The Abraham twin then joined forces and outplayed Duke and Mendes in the Doubles final at 6-2, 6-3.
Esther James rebounded from losing the first set against Kaela Frank 6-7 to win the next two 6-4, 6-2 to capture the Under 10 girls title while Tonya Iivonen lost to Trinidadian KerisaRudolfo 4-1, 4-0 in the Under 12 semis and Arnold James-Parks and Kobe James defeated Timothy Davis and Scott Hackshaw 6-0, 6-3 in the Under 14/16 Doubles final.
The Abraham twin, smallest sister Isabella lost in the Under 10 Red Ball final after winning all her games in the preliminary round to advance to the final and Michael Ramdial mirrored Isabella's performance in the boys version.
Ty's biggest victory was his upset of Ross Hackshaw at 4-0, 5-3 and then almost upset Duke in the semis eventually losing at 6-1, 6-4 after winning the first set 6-4.