Ja girls top Carib Tennis tournament
Andrew Harris, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica's Jenna Harrison and Michaela Stephens topped last week's International Tennis Federation English Caribbean Wilson 12 and Under Central America and the Caribbean Tennis Confederation Team Championship in St Lucia.
Jamaica made it look easy as both Harrison and Stephens combined to blank Bahamas 3-0 in the final. Eleven countries participated in the tournament.
Both youngsters said they went into the tournament well prepared and qualification for the ITF Masters Championships in Monterrey, Mexico was their main aim.
"Well we were pretty giving it our best and Michaela and I have always been great team players," said Harrison.
Stephens expressed that it was all about staying focused and finding their opponents' weaknesses.
"When we found out how to defeat them, we took advantage of their weaknesses," said Stephens.
The boys came third and also qualified for Mexico's tournament. Demani Cane went through the tournament unbeaten. His partner was John Chin who also did very well.
Chin shared that the tournament was a tough one, but he knew he did his best.
"I am happy we qualified, because the tournament was a very competitive one," expressed Chin.
The other teams advancing to the Mexico Masters were the girls from Suriname and The Bahamas and the boys from Bahamas and Bermuda.
Tennis Jamaica director Llockett McGregor said he was very proud of the players as they have always been working hard and have improved though the different local tournaments.
"Well it was a well-deserved win and the good thing is that we qualified," said McGregor.
"They are improving and are always doing their best, so I am confident they will do well in Mexico," he added. The Mexico tournament is scheduled for November.