BRITTANY JOSEPH expectedly outclassed the opposition to retain her women’s title Wednesday night in the RMSL (Reliability Maintenance Services Limited) Super Singles Table Tennis Tournament at National Racquet Centre, Orange Grove Main Road, Tacarigua.
It turned out to be a second sweep of the fifth and final major tournament of the season in successive years for the QPCC (Queen’s Park Cricket Club) outfit as Shemar Britton of Guyana captured the men’s crown again.
It was the second major in succession that the 21-year-olds had lifted the trophies as they had also gone all the way in the Trinbago Open two months ago.
It was virtually a foregone conclusion this time for Joseph after 11-time national champion Aleena Edwards and two-time defending national champ Catherine Spicer had not even taken entry, and two-time “RMSL” champ Linda Partap-Boodhan was eliminated the Saturday before in the quarterfinals.
The country’s top-ranked player did not drop a single game against three teenaged opponents in Wednesday night’s four-player straight round-robin shootout for the title.
After both players had won their previous two matches, Joseph denied Chelsea Fong 11-9, 12-10, 12-10 in the “virtual” final in their first meeting since she also prevailed in three straight when they squared off for the “Trinbago” title.
Three of the final four were Parkites’ and the two-time national champ had dismissed under-15 player Imani Edwards-Taylor 11-6, 11-9, 11-8 and Chloe Fraser 11-4, 11-8, 11-3 in the previous two rounds.
The first match of the night was expected to determine the runner-up and national under-18 and 21 champ Fong edged national under-11 and 13 champ Chloe Fraser 15-13, 11-9, 11-13, 12-10. The University of Trinidad and Tobago player then got past Edwards-Taylor 11-7, 6-11, 11-4, 11-3.
Fraser, who celebrated her 11th birthday that day, avoided the cellar position with an 11-8, 13-11, 9-11, 11-3 triumph over the southpaw Edwards-Taylor.
Joseph collected $1,800 for her victory, $400 less than Britton, who won the six-player men’s shootout.