Mar 01, 2013 Sports
Raphael deGroot gave a valiant effort, but nevertheless succumbed to his sister Ashley deGroot when the Guyana Squash Association’s (GSA) Bounty Farm Mash Handicap Tournament continued on Wednesday evening, at the Georgetown Club’s Squash Facility.
Raphael, who is 22 years-old, three years older than his sister, conceded the first game despite an impressive comeback to close the deficit. Raphael was hindered by his -10 handicap while his younger sister Ashley (0) started with a clean slate at zero.
The gruelling encounter saw the squash sibling battling down to the wire engaged long rallies for nearly every point. Both players appeared exhausted by the third and final game after Raphael had equalised by winning the second game 15/10.
But it was Ashley who hung in there and proved to be the fitter of the deGroots, withstanding a late surge by her brother while outworking him during the final points to take the match 15/11.
Raphael confessed after the game that his sister’s superior fitness was her greatest asset as she managed to eliminate him from the main draw. Raphael will now be competing in the classic plate round while Ashley advanced to play former Caribbean Junior champion Jason Ray Khalil on Thursday.
Although he has the most severe handicap of the tournament (-20), Khalil took out Jonathon Antczak (+6) quicker than most of the other matches on night two. Khalil came back from -20 before winning 15 points to close out Antczak who only scored four points in the first game.
In the second game Antczak barely scored one point before Khalil won 33 straight points to book his place in the next round of the tournament. Khalil won the tournament in 2011 and was the champion of the plate round last year after playing with a -25 handicap.
Khalil’s older sister, Ashley Khalil pulled off and stunning win against Mary Fung-A-Fat after losing the first game. Khalil struggled to find her stroke in the first game and surrendered to the reigning Under-19 Caribbean champion 7/15.
Fung-A-Fat shot out to an early lead in the second game as well before Khalil managed to settle down and reel her back in.
Khalil won the second and third games 15/13 and 15/5 respectively. The tournaments which was organised by GSA in collaboration with Digicel Guyana and sponsors Bounty Farm Limited, will conclude on Sunday.
Nyron Joseph (-10) defeated Lloyd Fung-A-Fat (+6) [15/10, 15/12]
Jason Ray Khalil (-20) defeated Jonathon Antczak (+6) [15/10, 15/7]
Ashley degroot (0) defeated Raphael deGroot (-10) [15/10, 10/15, 15/11]
Ashley Khalil (-5) defeated Mary Fung-A-Fat (-3) [7/15, 15/13, 15/5]
Steven Xavier (-12) defeated Ingram Edwards (+4) [15/10, 14/16, 15/11]
Nicholas Narain (-2) defeated David Fernandes (+10)[15/13, 4/15 15/13]
JovenBenn (-3) defeated Antonio Joseph (+12)[4/15, 15/13, 18/16]
Benjamin Mekdeci (0) defeated HapoeiYang (+10) [16/14, 11/15, 16/14]
Sarah Lewis defeated Maya Collins [15/13, 9/15, 15/12]
Madison Fernandes (+13) defeated Zachary Persaud (+6) [15/7, 15/8]
Lucas Jonas (+7) defeated Makeda Harding (+8) [15/9, 15/11]
Demetrius De Abreu (+11) defeated Dominic Collins (+10) [15/10, 15/12]
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