– Sweep Men’s, Women’s Doubles contests
By Edison Jefford
The Dominican Republic continued to dominate the 2011 Caribbean and Regional Table Tennis Federation (CRTTF) Senior Championships when its male and female doubles teams swept both titles into their already burgeoning cache in the competition.
The Dominican Republic’s female team, Eva Brito and Johenny Valdez re-swung
the momentum of the tournament against Trinidad and Tobago’s, Rheann Chung and Aleena Edwards after they won the women’s doubles title 11-9, 11-6, 8-11 and 11-7 yesterday.
Brito proved that she still has the psychological advantage against Chung after her team had won the women’s team title on Sunday. Chung had told Kaieteur Sport on Monday that she is buoyed that she and Dexter St. Louis was able to beat Brito/Juan Vila Jr. in the Mixed Doubles final in a move that was aimed at regaining some psychological edge.
Brito/Valdez had beaten Barbadian duo, Angela Reid and Nicole Alleyne 11-6, 11-9 and 11-8 in the semi-final at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. Chung and Edwards had a more difficult time in the penultimate round, winning 7-11, 11-3, 11-6, 8-11 and 11-8 against Barbados’ Sherrice Felix and Krystle Harvey to ignite the Brito/Valdez rivalry that they lost.
Dominican Republic’s, Emil Santos and Vila Jr. then teamed up to easily dispose of Trinidad and Tobago’s, Curtis Humphreys and St. Louis 11-5, 11-7 and 11-9 in the Men’s Doubles final. They were clinical in their execution of the aforementioned task. The Dominican Republic’s male unit also won the team’s title on Sunday against Trinidad and Tobago.
The two teams in the 2011 Championships have clearly established that they are the ones to beat so far. Santos/Villa Jr. thrashed Barbados’, Kevin and Trevor Farley 11-5, 11-7 and 11-6 to earn their chance to play for the title. St. Louis and Humphreys defeated Guyana’s Idi Lewis and Paul David 11-2, 10-12, 11-7, 6-11 and 11-6 in the other semi-final game.
Guyana and Barbados shared the third position. The Dominican Republic have now won four of five titles that were up for grabs so far in the tournament, missing out on only the Mixed Doubles title, which Trinidad and Tobago won easily on Monday. The Dominican Republic has played in all the finals of the championships after Day III of the competition.
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