GBTI Independence Jubilee Open 2016 continues to be marked by high level tennis as one of the most anticipated matches of the tournament took centre court. In the clash between Roraima Tennis Club rivals, it was men’s singles
4th seed Benjettan Osborne who defeated Oswin Coggins 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Benjettan lamented that he was under mounting pressure to defend his rank, if not improve his national seeded position. Though the competitors are club mates, friendship bore no bearing where a tournament is concerned.
The match started with Oswin making a statement by breaking at 2-0, causing upset to Benjettan. The true test of Osborne’s technique by improving on footwork and consistency blockaded Oswin from winning his service games thereby ensuring Osborne a first set victory.
As the match transitioned to the second set, Osborne broke Coggin’s first serve, but Coggins was determined to incorporate a new strategy which was sure to pay off. He noticed Osborne had a defect on his backhand, so the ball was consistently pushed to play on this weakness thereby rewarding Osborne to a quick 4-1 lead in set.
The battles of breaking each other’s serve progressed in the second set until the Osborne managed to dig deep and bring the set to a reasonable 4-3 lead to Coggins. Nevertheless, as the match intensified with a strenuous game lasting an unprecedented 10 minutes, Oswin yet again held tight and broke Osborne’s service to progress to a 5-3 lead. He eventually held serve to secure the second set.
The third set saw both opponents fighting to secure a win with Osborne leading the first game and Coggins following suite to secure his. Both players held serve to 3-4 until mother nature took her reigns and postponed the match to Tuesday. The curtains eventually came down when Osborne wasted no time to secure the coveted first match in the Men’s Open Singles round of 32 beating Coggins 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.
Boys Open Singles Round of 16: Ravin Rampersaud beat Nigel Lowe 2-6, 6-0, 6-2; Heimraj Resaul got past Jeevan Dalip by walk over; Khalid Gobin defeated Alex Almeida 6-3, 6-4; Vijay Sharma too care of D. Kalekyezi 6-4, 6-0 and Jordan Beaton topped Viraj Sharma 7-5, 6-2.
Girls Open Singles Semi-finals: Shivani Persaud trounced Ciara Pooran 6-0, 6-1, Kalyca Fraser eased past Sarah Klautky 6-4, 6-2.
Mixed Open Doubles Round of 16: J. Kalekyezi/S. Klautky defeated K. Rodney/S. Gentle 7-5, 6-4; D. Fraser/K. Fraser blanked A. Khan/Nathalie Ramdyhan 6-0, 6-0. Quarterfinals: Nicola Ramdyhan/N. Glasgow 6-1, 6-4 beat O. Dainty/F. Bushell.
Men’s Open Singles Round of 32: Orande Dainty took care of Dominic Fraser 5-7, 6-4, 7-5; Benjettan Osborne beat Oswin Coggins 6-2, 3-6, 6-3; Leyland Leacock hammered Seanden David-Lounge 6-0, 6-1.
Men’s Open Doubles / Round of 16: H. Panday/A. Downes blanked J. Goodluck/D. King 6-0, 6-1; Keenan Persaud squeezed past Khalif Gobin 7-5, 6-4; Jamal Goodluck got a walk over from Dimitri Gabriel; Anthony Downes trounced Bobby Adelson 6-0, 6-0; K. Persaud/M. McDonald defeated O. Dainty/A. Almeida 6-7(8-6), 6-2, 7-6(7-4); N. Glasgow/D.Lopes got past Asif Subhan/Benjettan Osborne 6-2, 6-4.
Men’s Over 35 Singles Quarterfinals: Godfrey Lowden beat Surendra Khayyam 6-1, 6-2, Leyland Leacock blanked Stephen David-Longe 6-3, 6-2.
Men’s Over 45 Singles Quarterfinals: Rudy Grant eased past Lineu Pupo De Paula 6-2, 6-1; Albert Razick trounced Stephen David- Longe 6-3, 6-1.
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