SQUASH: Khalil, Alves among winners in Open category
The first set of matches for the Open Category in the Bounty Farm Handicap Squash tournament were played on Wednesday night alongside the second round of the Category A games at the Georgetown Club Courts, Camp Street.
Ashley Khalil (-6) put returning Lydia Fraser (10) through her paces with powerhouse shots and strategic placement. Fraser fought hard, but could only muster one point per game, finishing up 11-15, 11-15.
Dane Pereira (10) followed a shaky start against Adam Alves (5), with a spirited bid in the second game. Alves proved too much and claimed a close second game 15-14, giving him the match 15-7, 15-14.
In Category A, excitement brewed as Gianni Carpenter (-6) faced Demetrius DeAbreu (-4) in an anticipated close battle. Left-handed Carpenter came out strong with some hard drives and good length cross courts to dominate a 15-10 win.
DeAbreu answered with his signature drop shots in the second game and wrong footed Carpenter to a 15-4 defeat. Both boys came out determined in the final game with DeAbreu pulling ahead after long, varied shot rallies.
Carpenter seemed to find something extra to come back from a 13-3 score to win four straight, but DeAbreu took the next two for a 15-7 triumph.
Another great match for the evening was Zachary Persaud (7) against Mohryan Baksh (-3). Despite Baksh’s much-improved court movement and shot selection, the handicap proved too much against fighter Persaud and the three-game match ended in a victory for Persaud 15-10, 11-15, 15-12.
Kirsten Gomes and Abosaide Cadogan continued their winning streak, along with Nicholas Verwey and Lucas Jonas. Play continues Thursday from 18:00h with the higher seeded players in the Open Category.
Ian Mekdeci (5) beat Medhi Ramdhani (8) 15-7, 15-7
Damien Da Silva (-6) beat Tian Edwards (13) 15-13, 15-13
Adam Alves (5) beat Dane Pereira (10) 15-7, 15-14
Jonathan Antczak (6) beat Reagan Rodrigues (10) 15-5, 15-6
Ashley Khalill (-6) beat Lydia Fraser (10) 15-11, 15-11
Lucas Jonas (-3) beat Matthew Daby (14) 15-14, 15-14
Michael Alphonso (-10) beat Lucas Persuad (11) 15-11, 15-12
Zachary Persuad (7) beat Mohryan Baksh (-3) 15-10, 11-15, 15-12
Kirsten Gomes (-4) beat Beau Fernades (11) 15-12, 15-11
Lucas Jonas (-3) beat Joshua Verwey (11) 15-13, 15-14
Lajuan Munroe (10) beat Dhiren Persuad (11) 15-7, 15-11
Abosaide Cadogan (-4) beat Ethan Jonas (-4) 15-12, 15-10
Demetrius DeAbreu (-4) beat Gianni Carpenter (-6) 10-15, 15-4, 15-7
Nicholas Verwey (-8) beat Brenno DaSilva (13) 15-14, 15-14