Lowden/Persaud capture GBTI Men’s 45 Doubles title…Downes/Mitchell coast to Mixed Doubles finals
Berbician Godfrey Lowden left some of his best tennis for the finals when he teamed up with Omar Persaud to defeat Carlos Adams and Wayne Alphonso in a tense and competitive three set win in the finals of the Men’s 45 Doubles.
Lowden with his trademark heavy spin serves and with Persaud were able to pressure Adams/Alphonso from the onset where they took the first set 6-3. They continued their excellent play and pushed to a 5-2 lead with Persaud to serve for the match. A spirited fightback then ensued from Adams/Alphonso who broke Persaud’s and Lowden’s serve as they won the next 5 games to take the set 7-5 to force the deciding super tie-break.
The teams then battled evenly in the tie break up to 4-4 before Lowden/Persaud coasted to victory by winning all the points to 10-4
Favorites in the Mixed Doubles category, former college players Anthony Downes and Rebecca Mitchell progressed to the finals after defeating Sandeep Chand/Thi Fernandes in their semi-final encounter at the GBTI Sports Club on Tuesday evening.
Downes/Mitchell showed their vast experience as they dictated the points with good ball placement and high kicking topspin shots to keep their opponents off balance. Chand/Fernandes had their chances in the first set including a 0-40 lead on Downes serve, but in the end could only convert one game as Mitchell/Downes took the set 6-1. The second set saw Downes/Mitchell controlling the game and they coasted to victory. They will face Berbicians Godfrey Lowden/Carol Humphrey in the finals on Saturday.
In the other match played Steve David Longe booked a place in the Men’s 35 Singles when he coasted to a 6-1 6-0 victory over Mohamed Rafeek.Longe will play Mario Naimatalli in the finals this weekend.
Matches scheduled for Thursday include both Men’s Singles Semi-Final which will see the winners of Antony Downes (2) vs Sandeep Chand playing either Leyland Leacock or Gilbert Barckoy and top seed Jeremy Miller vs Gavin Lewis.
Downes and Miller have been the two dominant players in the tournament and a rematch of last year’s finals is eagerly anticipated amongst local tennis enthusiasts.