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Dookram, Edwards claim Tobago tennis titles
Two new champions were crowned in the Tobago Open Table Tennis Championship at the National Racquet Centre, Tacarigua on Saturday, as veterans Aleena Edwards and Yuvraj Dookram proved that age was just a number.
Edwards a multiple-times national champion winner was made to dig deep to prevail over Linda Partap-Boodhan in the final 9-11, 7-11, 12-14, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 and 11-8 for the title while Dookram, the tournament’s number#1 seed, got the better of another veteran tennis ace Reeza Burke 9-11, 10-12, 11-5, 11-9, 13-15, 12-10 and 11-7 for his piece of silverware.
Afterwards Edwards said “It was more of a mental and tactical game for me. I was down early in the game but I never lost my confidence. I knew I had to work hard and I did. I had to make several changes to counter her game and in the end it paid off” Edwards said.
Her victory in the final came after an equally testing semi-final encounter that she almost lost to an in-form Brittany Joseph.
Edwards said she know that match was going to be tough for her as Joseph is at the top of her game. She is now hopeful her victory will be used as a confidence booster by many young tennis talent to show that you do not give up if you are down. Edwards won the match 9-11, 13-11, 11-5, 9-11, 11-7, 6-11 and 7-11.
In the other semi-final contest Boodhan triumphed over Shreya Maharaj 8-11, 7-11, 17-15, 11-7, 11-6 and 11-6.
Among the men Dookram cruised to the final with a convincing 11-5, 9-11, 12-10, 11-8 and 11-5 victory over Arun Roopnarine while Burke rebounded from a 11-13 lost in the fist set to win the game 11-8, 11-9 and 11-7 for a final berth.