THE photo-finish camera was required to determine the winner after three players tied in the national under-16 female tennis trials on Sunday at the National Racquet Centre, Orange Grove Main Road, Tacarigua.
Aalisha Alexis just edged Keesa Lee Young for first place, while Cameron Wong, winner of the under-14 trials the weekend before, had to settle for third place after in the three-day round-robin competition.
All three players ended up with four victories from five matches and won eight sets apiece, but the 12-year-old was then ruled out contention as she lost three sets—one more than the others.
It then came down to games won against games lost to crown the champ and Alexis, who won 55 and lost 26, got the nod as Lee Young’s record was 53 and 28.
All three players advanced to the second stage from the same group, which also included Jade Ali.
They will represent Trinidad and Tobago in the North/Central America and the Caribbean pre-qualification tournament for the Junior Fed Cup early next year.
And Charlotte Ready, who beat Isabel Abraham, Maria Honore and Shauna Valentine in the other group, will be reserve after placing fourth.
After being upset when they met in the under-16 semifinals of the recent Subway Junior Tournament, Alexis whipped Wong 6-2, 6-2.
The lanky 15-year-old, who reached the women’s singles final of the National Championships in June, also convincingly (6-2, 6-1) avenged the defeat she suffered at the hands of Honore in the under-18 final of this year’s Sagicor Junior Tournament, and also scored straight-set victories over Tobagonians Ready (6-3, 6-2) and Abraham (6-2, 6-0).
But Alexis lost 6-4, 6-3 to Lee Young, who also halted Ready 6-0, 6-4 and surrendered just one game to Honore.
However, as was the case in the quarterfinals of “Subway”, the pint-sized national under-18 champ was beaten (6-4, 6-1) by national under-14 champ Wong, who also took down Honore 6-2, 6-1; Ready 6-1, 6-1 in a repeat the “Subway” final and Abraham 7-6, 3-6, 6-4.
Abraham avoided the cellar sixth position with a 6-4 6-2 triumph over Honore.
The Tobagonian had played unbeaten in last year’s under-14 trials, but has been struggling with tendonitis in both knees this season and is not the same player. Valentine and Ali were eliminated after the first round.