Squires, Sue-Ho sound early warning
Adams, Niamatali also in winners’ row
Top contenders for the GBTI Men’s Singles title Phillip Squires and Ezra Sue-Ho showed ominous form in their first round matches as they both won without dropping a game in their encounters with Gairy Myers and Keimo Benjamin respectively.
Squires, who was off the local circuit for the last year is keen to regain his status as the country’s top player and was especially dominant with his big service game against Myers.
Squires remains on course for a quarter-final showdown against Anthony Downes, who he has beaten in several encounters before.
Second seeded Sue-Ho, fresh off winning the Macorp Open continued his good form and won without dropping a game as he repeatedly crunched forehand winners against Benjamin to advance to the second round where he faces the winner of the match between Owen Lewis and Saevion David Longe.
In Mixed Doubles action, top Berbician pair Godfrey Lowden / Carol Humphrey survived a scare from Sandeep Chand /Thi Fernandes, before pulling off a three-set win to advance.
The match was even at one set apiece with both teams winning at two, before Lowden / Humphrey used their experience to pull off the third set and the win.
In Men’s 35 Singles, Carlos Adams showed that he is still a top contender for the title as he breezed past Paul D’Andrade without dropping a game, while Mario Niamatali wasted little time in overcoming Rawle Sue-Ho.
In the competitive Men’s Doubles category, Ezra Sue- Ho teamed up with his father Rawle, but had his hands full as he tried to single-handedly will his team to victory against crafty veterans Maxie Fox / Omar Persaud.
The first set saw Ezra dominating the game as his big serves and forehand were on display as they took the opening stanza.
In the second set, Fox and Persaud staged a mini comeback after trailing 3-4 and went ahead 5-4, before the Sue-Ho pair rallied to take the set to a tie-break which they won 7-3.
There were wins for defending champions Jeremy Miller / Jason Andrews who got past the David-Longe brothers, while the combination of Daniel Lopes / Gavin Lewis defeated newcomers Kris and Viraj Jugdeo.
Easy wins were recorded by Andre Lopes / Sandeep Chand who breezed past Mindat Lalbeharry / Nomechandra Persaud, while the Glasgow brothers of Nicholas and Jason overcame Kester Abrams and Bishan Dalip.
Sunday June 12th Results
Men’s 35 Singles- Mario Niamatali defeated Rawle Sue-Ho 6-1, 6-0
Mixed Doubles- Godfrey Lowden / Carol Humphrey def. Sandeep Chand / Thi Fernandes 6-2, 2-6, 6-0
Women Doubles- Shelly Ramdhyan / Nicola Ramdhyan def. Lewis / Bradford by walkover
Men’s Doubles- Peabo Lewis / Nicholas Fenty def. Craig Campbell / Judah Stepheney 6-2, 6-0
Men’s singles- Ezra Sue-ho def Keimo Benjamin 6-0, 6-0
Men’s Doubles- Nicholas Glasgow / Jason Glasgow def. Kester Abrams / Bishan Dalip 6-0, 6-2
Monday Results – June 13th
Men’s 35 Singles- Carlos Adams def. Paul D’Andrade 6-0, 6-0
Men’s Doubles- Daniel Lopes / Gavin Lewis def. Kris Judgeo / Viraj Judgeo 6-2, 6-2
Men’s Doubles- Ezra Sue-Ho / Rawle Sue-Ho def. Omar Persaud / Maxie Fox
Men’s Doubles- Andre Lopes/ Sandeep Chand def. Mindat Lallbeharry / Nomenrang Persaud 6-1, 6-0
Men’s Doubles- Jeremy Miller/Jason Andrews (2) def. Seanden / Saevion David Longe 6-2, 6-3
Men’s Singles- Phillip Squires def. Gairy Myers 6-0, 6-0