PRIYANKA KHELLAWAN and Shreya Maharaj captured three titles for the second year in succession when the Scotiabank Secondary Schools Table Tennis Tournament concluded over the weekend at the National Racquet Centre, Orange Grove Main Road, Tacarigua.
Khellawan was actually two points away from what would have certainly led to a fourth crown when she led her Naparima Girls’ High School teammate by two games to one and 9-8 in the fourth game of Saturday night’s open singles final.
But Maharaj battled back and went on to complete an 11-7, 8-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-5 triumph, in similar fashion to her victory when they had clashed in the under-18 final of the Trinbago Open two months earlier.
Khellawan, who was also denied a fourth title by the southpaw last year when she lost their clash in the Under-15 final, was a shoe-in for this trophy Sunday and she completed the job with an 11-9, 14-12, 11-5 triumph over Imani Edwards-Taylor.
The three-time Caribbean Under-13 champion and singles semi-finalist Mikah Stroude had lifted the Under-15 team and doubles titles for “Naps Girls” the weekend before.
And Maharaj and Sydney Ramtahal had accomplished the same feat for the southern school in the open division.
After losing in both the team and doubles finals in the primary schools division the weekend before, Chloe Fraser expectedly lifted the Under-11 and 13 singles trophies without breaking a sweat.
The Mon Repos RC School student took down Jordan Thong 11-6, 11-4, 11-4 in the under-11 final, and Tunapuna Hindu School’s Ashlea Mohammed 11-7, 11-2, 11-3 for the Under-13 crown.
Mohammed, who had combined with Lyllana Boodhan for gold in the doubles and team events, had nosed out Thong 11-9, 12-10, 4-11, 7-11, 11-9 in the semi-finals.
And the daughter of Linda Partap-Boodhan – the country’s top-ranked female player of 2015 and 2016 – had lost in three straight games in both age-group semis to the eventual champ.
This is the third straight tournament that Fraser has captured the Under-11 and 13 singles titles as she also accomplished the feat in the National Junior Championships in July and “Trinbago.”
And Jinan Samuel of Newtown Girls’ RC School scored a comfortable 11-5, 11-4 triumph over arch-rival Nadira Rampersad in the Under-9 final.
It was the third consecutive time that the two played for the title in this division, and Samuel was triumphant in “Trinbago” after losing their first clash in the Nationals.