KIA Tennis Classic Continues

THE excitement continues this weekend in the 2017 KIA Independence Tennis Tournament at the National Tennis Centre in Beausejour with matches in the Under-14s, 18s and Senior categories as the players seek to secure spots in Tuesday’s finals.

Jordan Hunte and Aidan Bousquet, both national 14-and-under and regionally ranked players, went head to head in a tough, vigorous and extensive match in which Hunte succumbed to Aidan’s consistent technique and experienced strategies in a straight set victory 6-3, 6-2.

Maxx William defeated Reyhan Jean in what seemed to be one of his toughest matches in the tournament. A lot more effort and experience came into play for young William winning in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 as he was able to keep his composure and focus to earn a place in the finals of the Boys 18s category.

Alannah Bousquet, national 12-and-under player and former finalist at the recently-held Saint Lucia 12-and-under Regional Invitational, defeated Iyana Paul in straight sets 4-2, 4-0 in the Girls 12s semifinal. Bousquet and Paul have met several times before and Bousquet, leading in the series 4-1, used her technique and strategy to exploit her opponent’s weaknesses.

In the other semifinal, number one ranked national player JorjaMederick defeated Alysa Elliot 4-2, 4-0 and secured a spot in the final.

In the 11-and-under category, Maxx William secured a very comfortable victory over LinelDemar in straight sets 6-0, 6-1 and Orlando Augustin defeated Joshua Dujon 6-2, 6-2. Augustin weaved his way through the main draw and advanced to the second round of competition.

What seemed to have been a threatening match for Keric Duval turned into victory after an amazing comeback from dropping the first set to Jonathan Gladding by 1-6. Duval won the match 1-6, 6-3, and 6-4, making his way to the semifinal of the men’s singles open to be played tomorrow.

Former national and Davis Cup player SirseanArlain was able to use his experience and technique to defeat last year’s finalist from the Southern Amateur Tennis Academy, Glenton Evans. Arlain won the match in straight sets (6-1, 6-0), dropping only one game.

The 2015 champion Vernon Lewis breezed his way through the quarterfinal round by defeating Omodeli Philips 6-0, 6-0. Lewis, a coach at the National Tennis Centre, former Davis Cup Player and recipient of a Davis Cup Hall of Fame Award, was unable to defend his title last year due to injury. He has won all his matches without dropping a game or set. Lewis plays Keric Duval in the semifinal.

In the Boys 14-and-under, Jordan Hunte defeated Jonas Sylvester in straight sets 4-0, 4-0 and Saneil Bernard had the better of Jaden Augustin 4-1, 4-2 securing him a spot in the main draw of the Boys 14s.

Bernard also went on to defeat Jonas Sylvester 4-2, 2-4, and 10-8 in a very close super tie-break. Ronaldo St. Juste won over Nathan Elliot 5-4, 4-2 securing him a main draw in the Boys 14-and- Under and Joey Angeloni secured his way to the main draw by easily defeating Orlando Augustin 4-1, 4-0.

In the Girls 14-and-under, Aviona Edmund defeated Alannah Bousquet 4-1, 4-5, 10-8 and Alysa Elliot breezed past Amelia Rosemond 4-0, 4-0.

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