CHLOE FRASER produced the upset of the season Saturday night to advance to the final night of the RMSL (Reliability Maintenance Services Limited) Super Singles Table Tennis Tournament at the National Racquet Centre.
The national Under-11 and 13 champion overpowered 2015 champion Linda Partap-Boodhan 11-7, 11-9, 11-7 in the quarter-finals in Tacarigua to secure one of the four spots in Wednesday night’s straight round-robin shootout for the title.
Although Partap-Boodhan is in her 40s and past her best, she is still ranked third in the country and began the season by saving four match points to defeat overwhelming favourite Brittany Joseph in the final of the National Classified Championships in March.
Fans did not believe what they were seeing when the country’s top-ranked player of 2015 and ’16 was dismantled by Fraser, four days before her 11th birthday.
QPCC (Queen’s Park Cricket Club) Parkites had the opportunity to secure all the places in the “Big Four” when Merle Baggoo led Chelsea Fong 6-2 in her attempt to force a deciding fifth game.
However Fong roared back to claim nine of the last 11 points in her 11-2, 8-11, 11-5, 11-8 triumph over the 73-year-old 1964 national champ.
In the other two quarter-finals, Imani Edwards-Taylor, the country’s No. 2 Under-15 player, defeated fellow teenager Derah Ramoutar 11-7, 11-9, 11-7, and top-ranked defending champ Joseph was an 11-4, 11-3, 11-6 winner over ten-year-old Jordan Thong in an all-Parkite battle.
The men’s knockout draw was scheduled for yesterday and the “Big Six” will come back Wednesday night to battle for the title.