01 Oct 2018

Vital to Dominican Republic success earlier in the week in the respective Men’s Team and Women’s Team events; on the concluding day of play at the 2018 Caribbean Senior Championships in Kingston, Jamaica, Emil Santos and Yasiris Ortiz once again stood tall on the top step of the medal podium.

Emil Santos won the Men’s Singles title, Yasiris Ortiz was donned the Women’s Singles crown.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

The win recorded by Emil Santos was as predicted; the success of Yasiris Ortiz was marginally contrary to expectations.

Emil Santos, who we first saw on the international stage at the 2005 ITTF World Cadet Challenge on home soil in Santo Domingo, commenced matters as the top seed. At the semi-final stage on the concluding day of play he accounted for colleague Isaac Vila, the no.5 seed, the player with whom he had won the Men’s Doubles title. He emerged successful in a closely contested full distance encounter (11-4, 14-16, 11-8, 11-6, 7-11, 6-11, 11-6).

A place in the final reserved, life was less dramatic; he secured the title at the expense of Samuel Galvez, also from the Dominican Republic and the no.2 seed (11-9, 11-9, 12-10, 11-7). In the opposite half of the draw, in the penultimate round, Samuel Galvez had ended the progress of Guyana’s Christopher Franklin, the no.7 seed (11-9, 12-10, 11-9, 11-5).

Success for the top seed in the Men’s Singles event, in the counterpart Women’s Singles competition it was victory for the no.2 seed. In an all Dominican Republic final, Yasiris Ortiz beat Eva Brito, the top seed and the player with whom she had won Women’s Doubles gold (11-8, 5-11, 13-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6) to claim the title.

Earlier at the semi-final stage the duo had ended the hopes of Guyana; by the very narrowest of margins, Yasiris Ortiz had beaten Trenace Lowe, the no.4 seed (11-4, 12-14, 11-5, 11-4, 8-11, 5-11, 13-11), rather less dramatically, Eva Brito had overcome Chelsea Edghill, the no.5 seed (11-9, 11-3, 11-6, 11-2).

Three titles each, Emil Santos and Yasiris Ortiz departed Kingston, the tournament’s most successful players.

2018 Caribbean Senior Championships: Full Results Book (Saturday 29th September)

2018 Caribbean Senior Championships: Results and Final Positions – Men’s Team (Monday 24th September)
2018 Caribbean Senior Championships: Results and Final Positions – Women’s Team (Monday 24th September)

2018 Caribbean Senior Championships: Results – Men’s Doubles (Tuesday 25th September)
2018 Caribbean Senior Championships: Results – Women’s Doubles (Tuesday 25th September)
2018 Caribbean Senior Championships: Results – Mixed Doubles (Tuesday 25th September)

2018 Caribbean Senior Championships: Under 21 Men’s Singles – Results – First Stage (Wednesday 26th September)
2018 Caribbean Senior Championships: Under 21 Men’s Singles – Results – Main Draw (Wednesday 26th September)

2018 Caribbean Senior Championships: Under 21 Women’s Singles – Results – First Stage (Wednesday 26th September)
2018 Caribbean Senior Championships: Under 21 Women’s Singles – Results – Main Draw (Wednesday 26th September)

2018 Caribbean Senior Championships: Over 45 Years Men’s Singles – Results – First Stage (Wednesday 26th September)
2018 Caribbean Senior Championships: Over 45 Years Men’s Singles – Results – Main Draw (Wednesday 26th September)

2018 Caribbean Senior Championships: Over 45 Years Women’s Singles – Results – Main Event (Wednesday 26th September)

2018 Caribbean Senior Championships: Men’s Singles – Results – First Stage (Friday 28th September)
2018 Caribbean Senior Championships: Men’s Singles – Results (Sunday 30th September)

2018 Caribbean Senior Championships: Women’s Singles – Results – First Stage (Friday 28th September)
2018 Caribbean Senior Championships: Women’s Singles – Results (Sunday 30th September)

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