Downes /Mitchell upset Miller/Ramdyhan
Adams and Panday to face off for 45 Men’s title
Rebecca Mitchell made a successful return to local tennis which she teamed up with last year’s Men’s champion Anthony Downes to defeat the number one seeded team in the GBTI Mixed Doubles category.
Defending champions Shelly Ramdydan/Jeremy Miller started off in a hurry and capitalised on the match rustiness of Mitchell as they served excellently and blasted several winners to wrap up the first set 6-1. Mitchell who is a former Ladies Champion and college player then found a groove with her game and with Downes turned the tide and wrapped up the second set 6-3 to force a decider.
The match which was of extremely high quality was a see-saw affair with both teams hitting excellent shots and in the end it was Mitchell/Downes who secured a break and took the set 6-3.
Downes/Mitchell moved on to the semi-finals where they will face Sandeep Chand/Thi Fernandes who posted a hard fought 6-3 6-4 victory over Grace McAlman and Nicholas Glasgow. Chand/Fernandes quickly secured a 5-2 lead before closing off the set. The second set was tied up at 4-4 before Glasgow’s serve was broken and Chand served out the match.
In the other matchups for the night Carlos Adams showed his class in the Men’s 45 singles as he easily put away a tricky opponent in Victor Devchanko who had posed problems for a number of his opponents through the tournament with his steady play.
Adams used his excellent court sense to outplay Devchanko as he moved his opponent around before putting away the volleys. Adams who captured three titles last year is favored in the final where he will face Harry Panday who posted a 6-4 6-4 win in his semifinal encounter with Steve David Lange. Panday was leading 5-2 in the second set and after surviving a bout of cramps was able to pull off the set 6-4. The first set also was 6-4.
Saturday’s matches will feature the semi-finals in the Ladies Open category with Carol Humphrey taking on the winner of Aruna Ramrattan & Thi Fernandes while Shawna Gentle will take on Krystal Sukra in the second semi-final.
There will also be matchups in the Men’s Open Doubles where the Glasgow brothers Nicholas/Jason Glasgow will take on the winner of N Fenty/A Erskine vs B Dalip/K Abrams and juniors Khalif Gobin/Benedict Sukra will face Leyland Leacock/Gilbert Barckoy.
Men’s 45 Singles Harry Panday def Steve David-Lange 6-4 6-4.
Mixed Doubles Rebecca Mitchell/Anthony Downes def Shelly Ramdhyan/Jeremy Miller 1-6 6-3 6-3.
Mixed Doubles Thi Fernandes/Sandeep Chand vs Grace Mc Calman/ Nicholas Glasgow 6-3 6-4.
Men’s 45 Singles Carlos Adams def Victor Devchanko 6-0 6-0.