Senior Badminton Championships Finals
Triple Crown winner Alistair Espinoza once again proved that he is the dominant player in men’s badminton in Trinidad and Tobago. Fresh off his Triple Crown victory at the 2017 TTBA National Championships in January, Espinoza was able to repeat that feat at the just concluded National Solo Senior Championships, as he captured titles in […]
Triple Crown winner Alistair Espinoza once again proved that he is the dominant player in men’s badminton in Trinidad and Tobago. Fresh off his Triple Crown victory at the 2017 TTBA National Championships in January, Espinoza was able to repeat that feat at the just concluded National Solo Senior Championships, as he captured titles in the Men’s Singles; Men’s Doubles and Mixed Doubles categories. In the Men’s Singles, up and coming player Will Lee proved that he will be a formidable opponent in the future as he gave Espinoza a stiff run for the title. Espinoza’s experience once again came to the fore as he was able to put down the challenge of Lee 21-15 26-24. The pair of Espinoza and Lee later teamed up in the Men’s Doubles to defeat Mohammed and Nabbie, 21-13 21-18. The Triple Crown was completed when Espinoza, together with partner Jada Renales captured the Mixed Doubles title, downing club mates Lee and Deboulet, 21-10 21-14. It was Lee’s second loss of the night to Espinoza who is clearly a cut above the rest in local badminton.
Capturing two titles on the night, Solangel Guzman is to the women’s game what Espinoza is to the men’s. A dominant right hander, this multiple title holder, is difficult to beat as she demonstrated last night. Her opponent, 19 year old Jada Renales, was unable to match Guzman’s technical and physical skills as her challenge was turned back, 21-6 21-9. Guzman has started 2017 impressively with her second major Single’s title of the year having captured gold at the National Solo Badminton Championships in January. She completed the brace of titles when she paired up with her Single’s rival Renales in the Women’s Doubles to defeat Castanada and Walrond, 21-9 21-10.
Rounding out the trophies on Saturday night was the indefatigable veterans who turned back the clock in the Master’s tournament as the six pairs on show put up incredible performances to wow the crowd at CRISA. The title eventually went to a pair of former national champions Ronald Clarke and Derwin Renales who have become a powerhouse duo in the Masters division, remaining undefeated through the Round Robin format of this division. The silver medal went to Lewis and Singh and the bronze to Joachim and Maharaj. Finishing just outside the top three was the pair of Nabbie and Reyes.
Results in all five categories were:
MS 1 Alistair Espinoza (Shuttle Force); 2 Will Lee (Shuttle Force); 3 Roger Moore (Cristars); 3 Naim Mohammed (Regal Smashers).
WS 1 Solangel Guzman (Shuttle Force); 2 Jada Renales (Shuttle Force); 3 Leanna Castanada (FMT); 3 Avril Marcelle (Fins).
MD 1 Alistair Espinoza and Will Lee (Shuttle Force) 2 Naim Mohammed and Sheraz Nabbie (Regal Smashers/Cristars) 3 Hayden Bishop and Jason Ramjass (Cristars): 3 Renaldo Sinanan and Travis Sinanan (FMT).
WD 1 Solangel Guzman and Jada Renales (Shuttle Force); 2 Leanna Castanada and Latoya Walrond (FMT); 3 Faith Mollah and Kelly Mollah (FMT); 3 Avril Marcelle and Stephanie Mitchell (Fins/Cent Smashers)
XD 1 Alistair Espinoza and Jada Renales (Shuttle Force); 2 Will Lee and Chequeda Deboulet, (Shuttle Force); 3 Nathaniel Khillawan and Ralitsa Wong, Shuttle Force; 3 Naim Mohammed and Avril Marcelle (Regal Smashers/)