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Top seed in last eight at Ja Winter TT

Published:Sunday | March 1, 2015 | 12:00 AMPaul Clarke

Western Bureau:

Top-seeded Frenchman Damien Provost breezed into the quarter-finals of the men's singles at the inaugural two-day Jamaica Winter Table Tennis Championship at the Montego Bay Community College auditorium yesterday.

On today's final day, there will be action in the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals in several categories including the men's and women's singles.

Provost had a solid day and made it look easy with an 11-3, 11-7, 11-1 victory over Rajni Brown before stopping Nigel Bryan of Guyana, also in three sets, 11-5, 11-4, 11-4. He then got the better of veteran regional player Colin France in four sets, 11-3, 11-1, 11-5 and 11-5, to cement his place in today's quarter-final round.

"I think I had a good day. I didn't lose any game so I am happy with that," Provost said.

Also advancing to the quarter-finals is the Caribbean's number one player and the championship's second seed Emil Santos of the Dominican Republic. Santos was much too strong in his attacking plays before dispatching Odingo Mitchell in straight sets 11-8, 11-6 and 11-4.

France, the third seed and Mark Phillips advanced from Group Three, while the veteran Jamaican former national champion Keith Evans, the top seed in Group Four, advanced behind Guyanese Edinho Lewis.

National champion Yvonne Foster will lead the local charge in the women's events which begin today with the first round of the singles matches.