Emil Santos and Yasiris Ortiz of the Dominican Republic played the final shot of their countryâs dominant performance at the 60th Caribbean Table Tennis Championships which ended on Saturday at the National Arena.
After fighting past Isaac Vila 11-4, 14-16, 11-8, 11-6, 7-11, 6-11, 11-6 in the semis, Santos used his skilful serves and all-around attacking play to seize the title from last yearâs winner Samuel Galvez 11-9, 11-9, 12-10, 11-7.
Santos believes his former Texas Wesleyan University coaches,Â retired Yugoslavia star Jasna Rather and Jamaicaâs 1990 National champion Keith Evans will be delighted at his success.
Ortiz and Brito survived Guyanese challengers in the semi-finals. Ortiz was pushed to the limit by Trenace Lowe, but won 11-4, 12-14, 11-5, 11-4, 8-11, 5-11, 13-11 while Brito, world ranked at 193, stopped under 21 winner Chelsea Edghill, 11-9, 11-3, 11-6, 11-2. Then world number 236 Ortiz beat Brito, the top seed 11-8, 5-11, 13-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6 in the final.
The Dominican Republic double on Saturday added to titles already won in the menâs and womenâs team event, and the menâs, womenâs and mixed doubles. In a contest that started on September 23, Guyana were the strongest rivals, and faced the Dominican Republic in both team finals and produced both under 21 champions, Edghill and left-handed Shemar Britton.