Lucozade Handicap Squash: Baksh, Madison Fernandes impressive on opening night
While the night may be considered a damp squib with not many of the top names taking to the court, it gave ample playing time to the budding breed of stars.
As the night wore on, national players Mohryan Baksh and Madison Fernandes emerged as the standouts.
The duo exhumed silky smooth dominance in their matches when the Lucozade Handicap Squash tournament commenced on Wednesday evening at the Georgetown Club Courts.
Baksh, who had a two-point handicap as compared to Lajuan Munroe’s nine, still won 15-8, 15-8. Fernandes, on the other hand, was asked to dig deep after losing the first set 12-15. However, it proved to be the jolt she needed, coming back to win the next two sets 15-12.
Teija Edwards was also in the winners’ row, topping Aishani Persaud 15-6, 12-15, 15-11, while Jason Gomes shut out Beau Fernandes 15-6, 15-10. Joshua Verwey was on the losing end to Kamir Khan 6-15, 9-15.
Young Brenno DaSilva had an enterprising match against Dhiren Persaud, but still went down 5-15, 7-15. Additionally, the pair of Zachary Persaud and Louis DaSilva produced an exciting tussle.
The rallies were present, the serves were close to perfection and the elongated dives to retrieve were evident. In the end, there is only one winner and it was Persaud: 15-6, 11-15, 15-14.
Shilon Asregado played a sublime hand to top Grant Fernandes 15-10, 15-10. Matches continue nightly with the finals set for Sunday.