By Carlena Knight
It was celebration time in St. Lucia on Tuesday afternoon as a number of the Antiguan junior tennis players advanced to the semi-finals of their respective divisions at the ongoing St. Lucia Under-14 Tennis tournament.
Brasha Dyer and Sibley Charles advanced to the semi-finals of the Girls Singles in their respective matches.
Charles defeated St. Lucian Iyana Paul 6-0, 6-2 and will face Serena Bryan of Barbados.
Dyer followed suit only a few minutes later winning her match 6-0, 6-2 over Trinidadian Jordane Dookie.
She will now face Cameron Wong (Trinidad and Tobago) in her semi-finals encounter.
Dyer and Charles then teamed up to advance to the finals in the girl’s doubles category after beating J. Daniel-Joseph and Zara Ghuran 6-1, 6-3 in the semi-finals. They will meet Cameron Wong and Rojario Eludesi in the finals which is scheduled to play on Thursday.
Teammates Aysha Hosam and Janae George-Alexander also advanced to the girl’s singles semi-finals, this time however in the Consolation draw.
Hosam defeated St. Lucian Latoya Murray 6-3, 6-0 and will face Marine Mercurio in the semis; while George-Alexander thrashed Amelia Rosemond (St. Lucia) 6-1, 6-0 to secure her spot.
She will battle Keila Libri in the next round.
Jaiden Julien was the lone male to advance to a semifinal for the twin-island state as he handed Saneil Bernard (St. Lucia) a 6-4, 6-2 defeat.
Julien will play Vincentian Afi Lucas in the boy’s singles semi-finals.
All other semi-finals matches were played earlier this afternoon but the results for those encounters were not available at press time.
Meanwhile, Selene Kentish and her partner Tangia Riley-Codrington advanced to the girl’s doubles quarter-finals at the ongoing St. Vincent Under-18 ITF.
Kentish and Riley-Codrington defeated Maria Honore and Keesa Lee Young of Trinidad and Tobago 6-2, 4-6 [10-8].
They will face Barbadians Hannah Chambers and Chloe Weekes in the semi-finals on Thursday.