RESULTS FROM DAY ONE AT THE RBC JUNIOR TENNIS TOURNAMENT-TTO
Alhil Cyril, Denney Estava and Sanjay Lake leads the team with opening straight sets victories on day one of play.
The team of twenty left for Trinidad on Friday 8th December to compete in individual and doubles events at the 47th Annual RBC Invitational. St Lucia has always been represented at this prestigious event attaining decent results and bringing home titles.
The tournament served off on Saturday with the team attaining 6 losses and 3 wins in the different categories. In the U10 boys Jelani Flermius lost in three sets to Trinidadian player, he lost the first set 4-1, won the second set 4-0 and lost the tie break 10-6. In the U12 Joelle Habib lost to Guyanese player in straight sets, Merkisha Justin lost to Guyanese athlete in straight sets 4-2 4-2, Samuella Bertrand also lost in straight sets 4-2 4-1, Armani Rosemond lost in straight sets 5-4 in a tie break and losing the second set 4-1. Sanjay Lake took charge of the court against Trinidadian player breezing past in the first set 4-0 and claimed a more challenging second set 5-3. Denney Estava also breezed past through his first round robin opponent from Trinidadian player in straight sets 4-0 4-0.
The U14 athletes started in the afternoon with Annakie Arlette winning by default. Alhil Cyril won both singles played firstly dismissing Aizen Aquil in straight sets 4-0 4-0. He was then challenged by Josiah Hills from Tobago; he won the first set 4-0, Hills fought back in the second set holding serve, bringing the score to 3-3. Cyril was very relaxed as he increased the pace of his serves and strokes taking charge of the court and the last two games. He won the second set 5-3. The athletes and coaches are very impressed with their performance so far as the tournament is at a much higher level than anticipated.
The St Lucia Tennis Association wishes to take the opportunity to thank all sponsors for the financial assistance provided to the team, the National Lotteries Authority, Massy Stores SLU, Royalty Pools International, The Oliver Gobat Sports Fund (TOGS), The Daren Sammy Foundation (DSF), St Lucia Electricity Services Limited (LUCELEC) and the Teachers Credit Union. We wish the team good luck and will update you on their progress throughout the week.