GBTI Open Tennis C/ships…Sukras, Coggins make solid start
The Sukra siblings and Oswin Coggins were among those who made solid starts to this year’s GBTI Open Tennis Championships which got underway yesterday, at the Bank’s Recreational Centre in Bel Air Park with a number of exciting matches.
In the opening match, Krystal Sukra and Nicola Ramdyhan set the tone for the tournament with some high quality tennis with the former going for her shots against the excellent retrieving ability of Ramdyhan.
Both players who are part of the junior development programme played aggressively and it ended with Sukra prevailing 6-3, 6-4 as she held her nerve to stave off a comeback by Ramdydan, who broke serve at 3-5 in the second set.
In a Men’s Singles first round encounter, Oswin Coggins and Kester Abrams had their own battle, with Coggins serve and Abrams ground-strokes being their main weapons.
Abrams took the first set 6-4, before Coggins stormed back to take the remaining two sets 6-3, 6-3 to book his place in the second round.
Nomenchandra Persaud, a newcomer to the sport put on a brave effort as he nearly upstaged Benedict Sukra, who played conservatively and eventually prevailed 6-4, 6-4, while Viraj Jugdeo and Andre Lopes posted easy victories in their encounters against Mindat Lallbeharry and Dillon Pyle respectively.
The tournament continues with matches daily at 17:00hrs and features some of the top players in the country competing against each other for the first time this year.
Results of Thursday matches are:
Ladies Singles Krystal Sukra defeated Nicola Ramdhyan 6-3 6-4
Men’s Singles Oswin Coggins beat Kester Abrams 4-6, 6-3, 6-3; Benedict Sukra defeated Nomechandra Persaud 6-4, 6-4; Viraj Jugdeo trounced Mindat Lallbeharry 6-1, 6-0 and Andre Lopes blanked Dillon Pyle 6-0, 6-0.