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Joseph takes U-21 Caribbean silver

Friday, September 28, 2018
Aleena Edwards, right, a 12-time national singles champions and General Secretary of the T&T Table Tennis Association presents National women’s champion Brittany Joseph with the winners trophy in Girls Under-21 Division of the 2018 Solo National Junior Table Tennis Championship at the National Racquet Centre, Tacarigua in June.

Nigel Simon

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Two-time national women's champion Brittany Joseph earned this country's first silver medal and sixth overall at the 60th Senior Caribbean Regional Table Tennis Federation being played at the National Arena, Kingston, Jamaica, on Wednesday night.

This after Joseph had to settle for second after going under to Guyana's Chelsea Edghill in the Under-21 Women's Division Singles final 9-11, 6-11, 10-12.

In the semifinals, Joseph ousted Puerto Rico's Daymar Castro 11-5, 9-11, 12-10, 11-7 after she had a round-of-16 bye and then beat Puerto Rico's Alanis Reyes 13-11, 11-4, 11-6 in her last-eight clash.

Chelsea Fong exited at the last-16 stage, versus Castro 11-9, 4-11, 7-11, 8-11.

In the round-robin group stage, both Joseph and Fong qualified as second-placed finishers in their respective pools to the main draw knockout.

Joseph suffered a tough five sets loss to Guyana's Chelsea Edghill 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 7-11, 5-11; but swept past Jamaican Kelsey Davidson 11-4, 11-7, 11-6 and Puerto Rico's Alondra Rodriguez, 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 to book a main draw spot.

Fong went under to Dominican Republic's Yasiris Ortiz 3-11, 3-11, 5-11; but defeated Jamaica's Solesha Young 11-9, 11-6, 11-8 and Martinique's Mevena Avrila, 11-6, 5-11, 12-10, 11-8.

In the Men's 45 and Over final, T&T's Canada-based David Mahabir, 68, outplayed came Barbadian Dale Rudder 4-11, 17-15, 11-3, 11-5 to land this country's first gold medal of the competition.

Mahabir, the defending champion earlier overcame Jamaica's Alphonso Morris 11-8, 10-12, 11-3, 11-4 in the quarterfinals, and then Juan Vila of the Dominican Republic in the final-four, 11-3, 9-11, 16-14, 11-9.

When the tournament served off in the Men's Over-45 round-robin stage, Mahabir whipped Rudolph Sinclair of Jamaica 11-1, 11-7, 11-2; and Teddy Matthews of St Lucia 11-4, 11-6, 11-2 in Group One.

Derron Douglas won T&T's third bronze medal of the competition after he was stopped in the Under-21 Men's Division semifinals by Barbadian Tyrese Knight 6-11, 8-11, 9-11.

Douglas earlier got the better of Kristian Doughty of Barbados in his quarterfinal 11-8, 6-11, 12-10, 11-5 while Knight ousted T&T's Arun Roopnarine 8-11, 15-13, 11-7, 11-5.

In the morning session, Douglas topped Group Three with a 3-0 record with wins over Barbadian Marcus Smith 5-11, 11-4, 11-9, Guadeloupe's Maxime Graignon 11-8; 7-11, 11-8, 11-3, 12-10; and Puerto Rican, Joe Navado 11-13, 11-5, 12-10, 11-6.

Roopnarine was second in his Men's Under-21 Division Singles Group Two series with a 2-1 record behind Guyana's Shemar Britton.

This after Roopnarine defeated Jamaica Kwasi Willoughby 7-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-8, and Puerto Rico's Christian Malave 11-9, 12-10, 11-5 before losing to Britton in their pool decider 11-2, 7-11, 5-11, 5-11.

Yesterday was a rest day with Open men and women singles serving off today (Friday) ahead of Saturday's final day of action.


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