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The curtains will come down tomorrow on the ninth annual Trophy Stall Doubles Championships with some exciting lawn tennis action ready to be staged.
The tournament, which has been continuously supported by the Trophy Stall, gives players of all ages the opportunity to team up with a partner and compete against players who are far ahead in age or experience. Nevertheless, the open tournament has been an excellent learning ground for the past nine years.
The 2018 instalment of the tournament has brought no less action than in previous years, with some of the usual suspects gearing up to compete in the finals whilst there were some shocking wins. The matches have so far been played at the Le Ressouvenir Tennis Court and the National Racquet Centre.
The male doubles category was an intense one with over 12 pairs competing for the top spot. When the dust settled, Phillip Squires and Joseph De Jonge, Heimraj Resaul and Jordan Beaton, and Joshua Kalekyezi and Viraj Sharma were among the pairs who are charging towards the top spot.
After receiving a bye in their first round, Phillip Squires and Joseph De Jonge capitalised greatly when they overcame Vadeanand Resaul and Jeremiah Kalekyezi 6-0, 6-1, in the quarter-final. Heimraj Resaul and Jordan Beaton had the same luck as they received a bye in the first round and then went on to defeat Mark Mc Donald and Ronald Murray 7-5, 1-0 to advance to the semis.
Joshua Kalekyezi and Viraj Sharma later made light work of Nicholas Glasgow and Orande Dainty 6-1, 6-1 to secure their semi-final spot as well.
The mixed doubles category was also one to watch and is promising a monumental clash for the title when the final is staged.
In the quarter-final round, Khalid Gobin and Donna Walcott came from behind to defeat Rafael Nunes and Grace McCalman 1-6, 6-2, 6-4. Joseph De Jonge and Fiona Bushell overpowered David Rose and Dacia George 6-2, 6-2. Philip Squires and Shelly Daly Ramdyhan then got past Vadeanand Resaul and Saskia Persaud 6-3, 6-2, while Afruica Gentle and Benjettan Osbourne overcame Heimraj Resaul and Kalyca Fraser 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-0 in a hard-fought battle to complete the semi-final pairs.
Over in the semis, Gentle and Osbourne got the better of Joseph De Jonge and Fiona Bushell 6-3, 6-2, to seal their spot in the final. The other spot was taken by Philip Squires and Shelly Daly Ramdyhan, who overpowered Khalid Gobin and Donna Walcott 6-1 6-2.
The ninth annual Trophy Stall Doubles Championships will conclude tomorrow at the Le Ressouvenir Tennis Club Court.