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Cadogan, Chung through to tennis semi-finals

The trinidad Guardian / Joe Cadogan, who dominated local tennis in the past, has returned to do the same. Yesterday he made giant step towards achieving this at the Bmobile Open Nationals at the Racquet Centre in Tacarigua yesterday by advancing to the semi-finals, courtesy a victory over Keshan Moonasar in the Men’s Singles.

But defending champion Luke De Caires was booted out of the tournament by an unfamiliar Vaughn Wilson on court six. De Caires, who has been unbeaten for the tourney so far, went down in the opening set 6-3 but he battled back in the second set to level the game by claiming the win by a similar 6-3 result. Wilson however put foot to the pedal in the final set by holding off his counterpart 7-5 for the right to play in the round of four.

Cadogan and Wilson were joined in the semifinals by Richard Chung who pulled off a hard-fought 6-3, 7-6(4) triumph over Jerome Ward in the quarter-final round of action. But yesterday Cadogan, who brushed aside the opportunity to continue his career on the professional circuit to play at home, showed his class under cool conditions at the new state-of-the art facility by defeating Moonasar 6-1, 6-0, hardly breaking a sweat on his way to the final four.

However, he faces his sternest test ahead, as the country’s top players are also in contention for the title. Among them the under-achieving Akile Duke, who also had a slow start before recovering to earn a place in the semifinals on court 12 at the expense of a fighting Dexter Mahase.

Duke whose impressive performances through-out the year has earned him the position as top player in T&T, went down in his opening set 2-6 from a battling Mahase. Duke fought back though to take the second set 6-4, before wrapping up the match 6-1 in the final match.

Duke will now face Cadogan in today’s semifinals while Wilson will come up against Chung.

Among the Women’s Singles, Shenelle Mohammed will have a date with Breana Stampfli in the first semifinal and the unstoppable Carlista Mohammed will square-off with Abigail Jones in the other.

In another match yesterday, Rickey Villaroel progressed to the Veterans Singles final with a comfortable 6-0, 6-0 victory over Frank Ramudit on court 9.

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