Clarke, Armbrister advance to the finals in Trinidad

Bahamians Sydney Clarke and Donte Armbrister continue to play well in the ITF (International Tennis Federation) Trinidad Summer Bowl under-18 tournament, currently ongoing at the National Racquet Sports Centre in Tacarigua, Trinidad & Tobago.

Both players have advanced to the finals – Clarke in both girls singles and doubles, and Armbrister in boys doubles.

Seeded number one overall in girls singles, Clarke took down third seeded Audrey Moutama, of France, in the semifinals on Thursday, winning a tough three-setter, 4-6 7-5 and 7-6(7). That was the first time she dropped a set in the tournament, whether in singles or doubles. In the quarterfinals, Clarke turned back the number eight seeded player, Tangia Riley-Codrington of Barbados, in straight sets, 6-0 and 6-2, on Wednesday.

In the final on Friday, Clarke will face fourth-seeded Cadence Brace of Canada.

In girls doubles, Clarke again endured another three-setter in the semis. Partnering with American Morgan McCarthy, the duo took down the number one seeded team of American Sifa Butcher and Gabrielle Leslie of Barbados, 6-4, 5-7 and 10-6, on Thursday. On Wednesday they didn’t surrender a single game against the fourth-seeded team of Sanaa Hewitt and Riley-Codrington, both from Barbados, in the quarters. They won easily, 6-0 and 6-0.

In the final on Friday, they will play the second-seeded team of Moutama and Jade Marie, both from France.

Clarke is well-positioned to replicate her winning performance from last week when she came out with a doubles championship at the St. Vincent & the Grenadines Tennis Association (SVGTA) NLA ITF Junior Tournament in the tiny Caribbean country.

Armbrister fell in singles in the quarters but is into the final in doubles. Partnering with British player Freddie Ridot, the third-seeded pair took down the top-seeded team of Christian Kuehne, of Switzerland, and Maxime Mareschal-Hay, of Canada, in three tough sets in the semis, on Thursday. They won, 6-4, 5-7 and 11-9.

In the quarterfinals on Wednesday, Armbrister and Ridot won easily over Dunstan Alijah Leslie, of Trinidad & Tobago, and American Grant Lumkong, in straight sets, 6-0 and 6-1.

Armbrister and Ridot will play the fourth-seeded team of Alexandru Filip Bucurescu, of Romania, and Oscar Lacides, of Guadeloupe, in the final on Friday.

In singles, fourth-seeded Armbrister lost in the quarterfinals to Aidan Kim of the United States in three sets after winning the first set. He fell 6-3, 3-6 and 1-6.

The Bahamas Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA) congratulates both Clarke and Armbrister on their advancement to the tournament finals in girls singles and doubles for Clarke, and boys doubles for Armbrister, and wishes them continued success.

Clarke is ranked in the top 400 in the world in the ITF Junior Rankings for girls, while Armbrister is at number 962 for boys worldwide.

The ITF grade five junior international tournament, which is being played on the hard outdoor courts of the National Racquet Sports Centre in Tacarigua, Trinidad & Tobago, will wrap up with the finals in all four divisions today.

Jump Line – They will play in their respective finals, in singles and doubles, today

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Sheldon Longley

Sheldon Longley joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2001 as a sports reporter. He was promoted to sports editor in 2008. Sheldon has an extensive background in sports reporting. He covered three Olympic Games and three world championships, along with multiple smaller regional and local games.

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