CAC GAMES – Veracruz, Mexico – The Guyana Squash team competing at the CAC Games
here, got off to an up and down start. Two out of the three players participating in the individual event advanced to the quarterfinal stage only to be eliminated by top seeds.
Ashley Khalil, who on Sunday defeated Nadia McCartney of Barbados in straight games to earn her spot in the quarterfinals, lost to number one seed and world number 37, Samantha Teran of Mexico in straight games. The Mexican who is the current defending gold medalist at this event, never allowed Khalil to settle into her game and won 3-0.
Next up for Guyana was Sunil Seth, Guyana’s #1 Men’s player, who after defeating Andres Herra (Columbia) on Sunday night 3-1, was drawn against the number two seed from Mexico and world #38 Cesar Salazar. Despite some long and grueling rallies, Seth went down in three games in just over forty-five minutes of action.
With those losses in the morning, Guyana began their quest for medals in the Doubles event in the afternoon. Seth teamed up with Jason Ray Khalil in the Men’s doubles, where they had to play the team of Julian Jervis and Alex Frazer of the Cayman Islands. Unfortunately, they were beaten in straight games. (Doubles matches are best of three games).
Guyana now will look to Ashley Khalil and Ashley DeGroot to bring Guyana their first medal at these Games when they take on Barbados in the quarterfinals of the Ladies Doubles event.
The doubles events were down to conclude last evening, and the Team event will begin this morning. Guyana will be bolstered for the team events with the addition of US based college players Alex Arjoon and Mary Fung-A-Fat. The event concludes on Nov. 29th.
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