More wins for St. Lucia- Iyana Paul, Alannah Bousquet, Alysa Elliott, Jorja Mederick and Arden Rosemond advances to the Main Draw

Being a Grade one tournament many of the top ranked players in the region have come to St. Lucia to compete and are attempting to attain additional points towards their personal rankings. This tournament is also more competitive and entering the main draw will be a tougher task for some. 

Five local athletes have advanced to the main draw of the Sagicor COTECC U14 Tournament over the weekend all losing one and winning one match in the round robin phase. 

Playing the number 4 seed in the tournament Iyana Paul lost to Cameron Wong from Trinidad & Tobago in straight sets 4-2 4-2. The deciding match into the main draw was against Janae George-Alexander from Antigua & Barbuda where Paul was able to pull through in three sets. After losing the first set 0-4, Paul was able to keep her composure winning the second 4-2 and then the deciding match tie break 10-4. 

Alannah Bousquet also had a tough run losing her first match against the number two seed Sibley Charles from Antigua & Barbuda 4-1 4-0. Bousquet secured a win against Sage Bascombe 4-0 4-0 from St. Vincent & the Grenadines to claim her a spot in the main draw. 

Alysa Elliott on the other hand played three matches in her round robin group first losing to Jordane Dookie from Trinidad and Tobago in straight sets 4-5 1-4. Elliott determined to make the main draw went into her second match with more willpower defeating Marine Mercurio from French Guiana in straight sets 4-0 4-0. She then played her deciding match against Aysha Hosam from Antigua & Barbuda in a tough two hour match defeating Hosam in straight sets 4-2 5-3. 

Jorja Mederick number 1 ranked National player fell to Barbadian number 1 Serena Bryan in straight sets 4-1 4-0. She then played her deciding match against Sydney Kentish from Antigua & Barbuda defeating Kentish in straight sets 5-3 4-1 to make the main draw. 

Four boys from St. Lucia entered the tournament with only one advancing to the second stage of competition. Arden Rosemond student of the St. Mary's College and number 1 ranked  national athlete had difficult run in the round robin phase first losing to Rafael Botran from Guatemala in straight sets 4-1 5-4. He then defeated Daniel Jeary from Trinidad & Tobago in straight sets 4-1 4-0. 

The main draw for all athletes starts today Monday 12th August at the National Tennis Centre in Beausejour, Gros-Islet. We invite all to come in admission is free and support our local athletes.