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Tuesday 20 November 2018
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Guzman takes Singles gold

SOLANGEL GUZMAN won Women’s Singles gold for TT even as the hosts Dominican Republic and Jamaica dominated the finals of the CAREBACO (Caribbean Regional Badminton Confederation) senior championships in Santo Domingo on Saturday night. The Cuban-born Guzman confirmed her status as the top women’s player in the tournament, but the TT pair of Leanna Castanada and Avril Plaza-Marcelle had to settle for silver in the Women’s Doubles, and Plaza-Marcelle bowed out in the semi-finals of the Women’s Singles.

Having defeated 3rd-seeded Mexican Mariana Ugalde in the quarter-final round, Guzman disposed of Licelott Sanchez of the Dominican Republic (DR) 21-14, 21- 13 to advance to the gold medal match. In the other semi-final, Sanchez’s team-mate Daigenis Saturria, the 2nd seed, stopped Plaza- Marcelle, 21-10, 21- 6. However, Saturria proved no match for Guzman in the final, as the TT player won in two straight games, 21- 9, 21-11 to be crowned Caribbean Women’s Singles champion.

Meanwhile, Castanada and Marcelle, having advanced to the Women’s Doubles final by a “no match” decision over their Barbadian opponents, found the DR pair of Sanchez and Daigenes Mercedes Saturria too hot to handle.

They were beaten 21- 10, 21-13 and finished runners-up.

The host nation also won gold in the Mixed Doubles, top seeds Nelson Javier and Saturria beating Jamaicans Gareth Henry and Katherine Wynter 21-17, 21-19.

However, the Men’s Doubles final was an all-Jamaican affair, with Henry and Dayvon Reid needing three games to defeat Dennis Coke and Anthony McNee, 21- 16, 20-22, 21-18. Henry also won the Men’s Singles; the Jamaican made short thrift of the DR’s William Cabrera, 21-8, 21-6 to finish with two titles.

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