David Longe and Sukra capture Pegasus Boys and Girls 18 titles
Seanden David Longe capitalised on the absence of top juniors Gavin Lewis and
Daniel Lopes to capture the Boy’s 18 title when he defeated Khalif Gobin 6-2 6-3 in the Boys 18 and under finals of the Pegasus Open Tennis tournament. .Longe played well and his consistent and good game plan allowed him to defeat Gobin, who has arguably the most textbook with his groundstrokes amongst the juniors.
Krystal Sukra’s aggressiveness and big hitting mentality served her well against the consistent 13 year old Nicola Ramdyhan in the Girls segment. The first set despite several long rallies went to Sukra 6-2 as the pair battled in the sweltering heat. In the second set, Ramdyhan pushed ahead with a lead before Sukra’s serve and big forehand allowed her back in the game and complete the 6-2 6-4 win and claim the title.
Meanwhile, in a Men’s Singles title rematch of 2010, Jeremy Miller survived a scare from top junior Gavin Lewis in the Men’s Singles semifinal.
On an action packed day, Lewis provided number one seed and defending champion Jeremy Miller with much more than he bargained for. The quality of the match was befitting a semifinal as both players went for their shots and hit numerous winners.
Fifteen year old Lewis, who is a consistent baseliner, surprised Miller with his good serving and ventures to the net. Several games went to 3 to 4 deuces before the 20 year old Miller used his experience to win the games. The 6-2 first set scoreline was not reflective of the closeness of the match. In the second set Lewis raced off to a 3-0 lead with play that left Miller searching for answers. Forcing a deciding set was not to be as Lewis faded after taking an injury timeout and lost the next six games to Miller who seized the momentum and booked his place in the Final where he will have a rematch with Phillip Squires.
Squires overcame the consistent semi-finalist Leyland Leacock 6-3 6-2 as his sharper groundstrokes and serve allowed him to get past the hard working Leacock. Squires’ matchup with Miller is keenly anticipated and Squires will be keen to avenge his loss to Miller last year.
The ladies final will see number one seed Berbician Carol Humphrey taking on top junior Shawna Gentle after she easily got past ITF St Vincent Under 14 Girls champion Aretta Dey 6-1 6-1 in their semi-final encounter.
Shawna Gentle however had a much tougher time against talented thirteen year old Nicola Ramdyhan whose consistent groundstrokes and determination allowed her to take the first set 6-3 against the complacent Gentle. Gentle turned the tides in the second set winning 6-1 to force the super tiebreak decider. Gentle’s tactic of keeping the ball in play with the pressure on allowed her to book her place in the final as she won 10-6.
Andre Lopes booked his place in the Men’s 35 Singles final when he won decisively against veteran Rudy Grant 6-3 6-0. Lopes was to face his doubles partner Carlos Adams in the final yesterday after the pair had earlier claimed the Men’s 35 doubles title on Saturday.
Men’s 35 & Over Semifinals Andre Lopes defeated Rudy Grant 6-3 6-0
Ladies Singles Semifinals Carol Humphrey defeated Aretta Dey 6-1 6-1
Ladies Singles Semifinals Shawna Gentle defeated Nicola Ramdyhan 3-6 6-1 (10-6)
Men’s Singles Semifinals Jeremy Miller defeated Gavin Lewis 6-2 6-3
Men’s Singles Semifinals Phillip Squires defeated Leyland Leacock 6-3 6-2