Jordane Dookie

TAKING AIM: Jordane Dookie lines up a backhand on her way to edging Ella Carrington in yesterday’s women’s A division semi-finals of the East Clubs Classified Tennis Tournament at Trinidad Country Club, Maraval. —Photo: JERMAINE CRUICKSHANK

AALISHA ALEXIS produced by far the biggest victory of her career yesterday to advance to the women’s A division singles final of the East Clubs Classified Tennis Tournament at Trinidad Country Club, Maraval.

The national Under-18 champion nosed out top seed and overwhelming title favourite Carlista Mohammed 7-5, 3-6, 11/9, while the No. 2 also failed to reach Sunday’s final as Tranquillity Open runner-up Ella Carrington was edged 4-6, 6-2, 10/2 by Jordane Dookie.

Alexis skipped singles in both junior tournaments last year, but began this season with a bang by winning the Under-18 title in the Catch National Junior Championships on Friday.

However the country’s top junior of 2019 had suffered a routine straight-set loss to Mohammed in the final of last edition of the National Championships in the middle of that year, and few would have predicted her turning the table at this stage against an opponent playing much better than she was then.

Mohammed had not only gone on to capture all three titles—singles, doubles and mixed doubles—in the “Tranquil”, she had taken less than half-hour to dismiss “Catch” national Under-14 and 16 champ Jaeda-Lee Daniel-Joseph here in Sunday’s quarter-finals.

Dookie has been able to push the reset button admirably after a miserable showing in “Catch” where she was taken out by Brianna Harricharan in the under-14 semis in the upset of the tournament last Wednesday.

The 14-year-old started to regain her confidence in Sunday’s quarter-finals when she came from a set down to defeat Trevine Sellier.

And yesterday Dookie, who had also only been able to win three games from Carrington in the “Catch” Under-16 semis, looked more like the player who had lifted the Under-18 trophy in the Lease Operators Limited Junior Tournament in October with another strong come-from-behind victory.

The second-round of the men’s singles draw was completed yesterday.

Akiel Duke dismissed Under-16 player Saqiv Williams 6-0, 6-2 to reach the quarter-finals, and the No. 2 seed now has a clear path to Sunday’s title match as fourth-seeded former national and “Tranquil” champ Richard Chung did not show for his match.

Che Sanchez accepted the gift, while third seed Keshan Moonasar scored a hard-fought 6-4, 6-4 triumph over “Catch” Under-16 runner-up Sebastien Byng and Ronald Robinson took down Williams’ father Sonny 6-4, 6-1 to complete the quarter-final line-up.

Top seed and defending champ Nabeel Mohammed had reached the last eight the day before, along with Kino Francis, national Under-18 champ Ethan Wong and former top player Seve Day.

There is also B and C singles action and doubles draws in all three divisions in the two-weekend competition.

The third annual tournament will continue on Friday.


Manchester City, Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal, and Tottenham Hotspur will begin the process of pulling out of the proposed European Super League, the clubs confirmed yesterday. Chelsea are also expected to exit the proposed league, sources confirmed to ESPN.

North/Tobago denied East/North East a perfect record in the Trinidad and Tobago Cricket Board Under-19 trials, defeating them by six wickets at the National Cricket Centre in Balmain, Couva, yesterday.

CHE ANDREWS just missed out on a Triple Crown in the Duke’s Tennis Academy Tournament Monday night at Guaracara Park, Pointe-a-Pierre.

After already having two titles in the bag, the former talented junior and East Zone Classified B class runner-up Clint Singh were edged 8-7 (7/5) by Nabeel Mohammed and Kendon Cornwall in the doubles final.

Trinidad and Tobago international Levi Garcia has been named AEK Athens’ ‘Player of the Month’ for March.

Garcia got on the scoresheet when he represented T&T in its 3-0 win over Guyana last month in their opening World Cup qualifier. The 23-year-old also played in T&T’s second match of its preliminary round of World Cup qualifying, a 1-1 draw against Puerto Rico. Garcia was recognised by his club for his approach work and assist to teammates, rather than the four goals he has scored this season.

Midfielder Kathon St Hillaire scored a consolation goal in FK Poprad’s 6-1 loss to MŠK Žilina B in the Slovakian second division last weekend.

It was the third goal scored this season for the 23-year-old former St Ann’s Rangers and T&T Under-20 national, making him the top-scorer at his struggling club.

Young Judah Garcia is a candidate for ‘Assist of the Season’ for relegated Neroca FC in India’s I-League second division.

Garcia, 20, flicked on pass with his back to goal, against Real Kashmir FC.

The 2020-21 season of the I-League came to an end on Saturday with Gokulam Kerala crowned champions for the very first time in the club’s history.