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TRINIDAD - Tennis Under 18

No.1 tennis seed Yolande Leacock of Trinidad and Tobago

Date April 05, 2006 by BERNARD BABB

GIRLS' COMPETITION heats up today on Day 3 of the 2006 FirstCaribbean International Junior tennis tournament at the National Tennis Centre, Wildey.

No. 1 seed Yolande Leacock of Trinidad and Tobago opposes Jacklyn Lambert of Bermuda as the Under-18 Girls' contest enters second-round action.

Leacock had a slow start to the tournament, fighting from 1-5 down to defeat Maria Morrissey of Ireland 7-5, 6-2, but is expected to be in better form today.

Valeriya Solovieva, 13, of Russia, a diminutive player who has created a big impression at the tournament, is also favoured to get past American Sarah Guzick.

Boasting a world-ranking of 774, Solovieva showed tough mental conditioning and an array of strokes yesterday as she stopped Lucoa Kovarcikova of Slovenia, 6-4, 6-1.

She moved along as Barbadian girls Maya Morgan, Alyssa Fuentes, Gabriella Lopez, and Kathleen McDonald encountered tough opposition and bowed out in the first round.

Among the boys, No.1 seed Uriel Oquendo of Colombia qualified for Thursday's quarter-finals when he ended the ambitions of Barbadian Christopher King, 6-3, 6-0.

Oquendo, who appeared in control of his destiny yesterday, will be seeking to elevate his game another notch against American Jack Boling.

Steady and calculating, the Colombian gave nothing away although he was often tested with solid groundstrokes from the Barbadian.

Oquendo appears much more focused among the last eight after a sluggish start to the tournament on Monday, where he fought from a set down to defeat Marek Budos of Slovenia, 1-6,6-3, 6-0.

Boling qualified for the last eight with a smart win over 15-year-old Barbadian Seanon Williams who was aggressive throughout the encounter.

Boling forced his opponent to hit more balls after Williams often threatened with a big forehand.

Two other Barbadians, Bradley Bryan and Darian King, also went out in the second round, falling to Barnabas Carrega of Italy 7-5, 6-3 and Michale Clarke of Trinidad and Tobago 6-1, 6-0.

The tournament, which has attracted about 150 players from 30 countries, continues today at 9 a.m. with Under-18 matches at Wildey and Under-14 competition at Rockley courts.


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