Titles for Guyana; success for Britton and Edghill
The first three days of play at the 2018 Caribbean Senior Championships were dominated by the Dominican Republic, but on the fourth day of action, in the Jamaican capital city of Kingston, Guyana was the country very much in focus.
Shemar Britton and Chelsea Edghill won the respective Under-21 Men’s Singles and Under-21 Women’s Singles events.
At the quarter-final stage, Britton defeated Puerto Rico’s Derek Torres in a full distance contest (9-11, 11-4, 11-4, 7-11, 11-7), prior to overcoming the Dominican Republic’s Abit Tejada (8-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-9) to reserve his place in the final, where another testing encounter was the outcome. In five games he accounted for Tyrese Knight of Barbados (8-11, 11-9, 13-11, 9-11, 11-8).
Less than one hour later it was success for Edghill, but in rather different circumstances. In the group phase of proceedings, she was extended the full five games by Trinidad and Tobago’s Brittany Joseph (11-9, 8-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5); first and second placed players in each group advancing to the main draw, the two met again in the final.
In the title deciding contest it was somewhat different, Chelsea Edghill emerged successful in three straight games (11-9, 11-6, 12-10).
Earlier, Edghill had ended the hopes of the Dominican Republic; at the quarter-final stage she had beaten Dahyana Rojas by the very narrowest of margins (11-7, 11-6, 9-11, 1-11, 11-9).
Prior to that she comfortably overcame Yasiris Ortiz (11-7, 13-11, 12-10) to reserve her place in the final. (ITTF)