Guyana off to good start at Senior CASA tourney in Trinidad
The Senior Caribbean Squash Championships got off the ground in Trinidad and Tobago with the Men’s and Ladies individuals events. Guyanese players won eight of their nine first round matches.
Both of the ladies featured on opening day won their matches. Victoria Arjoon beat Faith Gillezeau of T&T 11/5,11/2, 11/5 and Ashley DeGroot beat Gen Shim of T&T 11/4, 3/11, 11/3, 11/3.
Victoria had an easy match as she dispatched of her younger inexperienced opponent without much resistance. Her real test was expected yesterday when she was down to face the much experienced Alex Jordan of Barbados.
Ashley DeGroot had to work a bit harder as she dropped one game in her 3/1 victory. DeGroot and her opponent split the first two games. After losing the second game, DeGroot made the necessary adjustments by taking the pace off the ball and placing the ball deeper into the court. This resulted in her opponent having to attack from the back giving Ashley more front court winners.
The strategy resulted in easy 11/3 scores in the last two games. DeGroot demonstrated that she is able to adjust her game and consistently stick to a winning strategy. She will face seasoned campaigner Nadia McCarthy of Barbados in the next round.
Guyana’s men got off to an excellent start winning all but one of their first round matches with results as follows:
Jason Khalil beat Nicholas Narain (Guy) 11/3, 11/3, 11/8.
Steven Xavier beat Wilfredo Arcia (Ven) 8/11, 11/6, 11/3, 11/6.
Jamal Callender beat Jason Doyle (OECS) 11/2, 11/5, 11/3.
Julian Chin beat Gabriel Teran (Ven) 11/6, 11/3, 12/10.
Alex Arjoon beat Stephen Smith (Bermuda) 11/5, 11/5, 11/7.
Richard Chin beat Kyle Chin (Jamaica) 11/3, 11/3, 11/5.
Dejay Dias lost to Chase Mc Quan (TT) 11/9, 10/12, 3/11, 6/11 in a well fought match.
Jason Khalil was one of two Guyanese who had a second match on the opening day and unfortunately he lost 11/6, 6/11, 6/11, 4/11 to 2011 Caribbean under 19 Junior Champion Kale Wilson of TT. Khalil will now face Wilfredo Arcia of Ven in the plate draw.
Steven Xavier, coming off a first round win, ran into Trinidad and Tobago’s National champ Josh Pinard and lost 3/0. He will now play fellow Guyanese Nicholas Narain in the plate.
The other 3 Guyanese ladies who received byes in the first round were down to play their 2nd round matches yesterday.
Nicolette Fernandes was to face Gylla MacKenzie of Barbados, Mary Fung-a-Fat against Rhea Khan of T&T and Ashley Khalil against Eilidh Bridgeman of Cayman Islands.