Makeda Harding made her presence felt once again on opening night of the Kraft Junior Skill Level Squash tournament sponsored by Toucan Industries and organised by the Guyana Squash Association (GSA) in collaboration with its most loyal corporate sponsor, Digicel Guyana.
Coming off her breakout tournament victory of Category A in the Bounty Farm Mash Handicap Tournament, Harding continues to show significant improvements to her game. On Tuesday night, Harding, who is just 11-years old, secured a resounding 11/8,11/3,11/6 win against Sarah Lewis, one of the top contenders in Category C of this skill level formatted tournament.
Harding’s precision and consistency in her serve gave her a lethal edge that Lewis could not recover from. Rather than volley Harding’s lob serves, Lewis chose to take them off the back wall, but that approach almost never worked in her favour. Harding rode those quick points off her serves for the early advantages, and sustained them during the game with an impressive variation of straight drives, lobs and cross court shots.
In Category D, Demetrius DeAbreu completed a remarkable come from behind win to sink Dominic Collins in five games. After losing the first two games 10/12 and 8/11, DeAbreu won three straight games 11/4, 11/1, 11/9. Michael Ramroop also managed to come back from early leads in the first and second games to sweep Jael Gaskin (12/10, 11/9, 11/7). Anthony Islam defeated Savannah Mendes 11/9, 11/2, 11/9, while Gianni Carpenter beat John Phang 11/8, 9/11, 11/8, 11/5.
The Kraft Junior Skill Level tournament continues every weeknight this week, beginning at 6pm and it will be concluded on Sunday. The tournament is expected to heat up with action in seven different skill category among the 36 players entered in this year’s tournament.
Tuesday Night’s Results
Anthony Islam defeated Savannah Mendes 11/9, 11/2, 11/9
Michael Ramroop defeated Jael Gaskin 12/10, 11/9, 11/7
Makeda Harding defeated Sarah Lewis 11/8,11/3,11/6
Gianni Carpenter defeated John Phang 11/8, 9/11, 11/8, 11/5
Demetrius DeAbreu defeated Dominic Collins 10/12, 8/11, 11/4, 11/1, 11/9
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