KINGSTOWN, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES – There was very little separating the top players in terms of skills going into the second day of action, the 2017 ITF Junior Tennis Tournament hosted by the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Tennis Association at the National tennis Centre in Villa.
The top three seeds were still in contention with only four Caribbean players left in the Boys Singles 18 Main Draw. Jacobi BAIN of the Bahamas after losing the first set 2-6, settle down to play a more patient and intelligent game against Tomas DEL OLMO of ISV, winning the next two sets and the match 6-1 6-3.
Jean Philippe MURRAY of Saint Lucia clashed with the seventh seed Jorge Daniel CHEVEZ of Panama, and found himself in the battle in which the hot weather played a major role as both of the two players were forced to dig deep into their resolve to stay alive.
Murray won the first set 6-3, lost the second 5-7, but prevailed in the third set tie-break to win the third and deciding set 7-6(5).
With his other two Caribbean colleague players winning their round of sixteen matches, Donte ARMBRISTER of the Bahamas knew that he had to match the examples set by Bain and Murray, in his match against third seed Milledge COSSU of the USA.
Cossu did not have an easy passage to the quarter-finals as the score would suggest, as Armbrister made him work, but Cossu prevailed winning 6-3 6-2.
The fourth Caribbean player in the round of sixteen in Adam RAMKISSOON of Trinidad and Tobago, did not trouble the number eight seed Anuj WATANE of the USA who made light work of him to win 6-0 6-1.
In other matches, the number one seed and winning of the 2017 Coca-Cola Boys 18 Singles in Saint Lucia Eliot SPIZZIRRI of the USA, defeated Charles DOSSETTER of Australia 6-1 6-0, fifth seed Mann SHAH of India stopped Jericho GROLLMAN of the USA 6-2 6-2, sixth seed Roger LYN also of the USA, Emmanuel VACALARES of the Philippines 6-2 6-1, and Diego GONZALEZ of Venezuela defeated the number two seed Jose Daniel DOMINGUEZ COLLADO of Guatemala ) 6-3 6-1.
Five female Caribbean players were down to do battle against their counterparts from other parts of the tennis world, and only Sydney CLARKE of the Bahamas – the number six seed, defeated fellow Caribbean player Kimberly SABGA of Trinidad and Tobago 6-0 6-0.
Gabrielle LESLIE of Barbados lost to the third seed Sena TAKEBE of Japan 5-7 2-6, number four seed Mell Elizabeth REASCO GONZALEZ of Ecuador defeated Anya KING of Trinidad and Tobago 6-1 6-0, while second seed in the female draw Remika OHASHI of Japan dispatched Valaine CLARKE of Jamaica 6-2 6-0.
In other female Singles 18 round of sixteen matches, the number one seed Willa Bay BREUNICH of the USA, defeated Sandra ALONSO of Spain 6-0 6-2, Nairuti VYAS of India defeated eighth Aleksa MARQUEZ of Peru 7-5 6-3, Jennifer KIDA of the USA defeated Rishita VYAS of India 6-2 6-0, and fifth seed Sofia Camila ROJAS of the USA stopped
Norway’s Karina JENSRUD 6-1 6-1.
Added to the on-court excitement, was the threat of smoke to the players as it billowed over the facility from a fire lit by a resident. Following intervention by officials of the SVGTA, the fire was put out to allow the players to compete in a much safer environment.