Barbados’ top rated player Julian White had to dig extra deep to make it into the last four. ( Kenmore Bynoe.)
Julian “Michael Jackson” White looked like History before he produced a Thriller to tell young gun Dario Hinds to Beat It in three exhilarating games in the Massy United Insurance Clash Of The Titans road tennis quarter-finals at The Villages at Coverley on Monday night.
With a top prize of $12 000 at stake, White looked in trouble down 4-10 in the decider after the confident Hinds had lost the first game, 14-21 to rebound and take the second 21-14 to bring on the decider. The hundreds of fans who ringed the court seemed shock to see the “World Boss” tottering on possible elimination and humiliation.
With White making some elementary errors, Hinds swelled the score to 13-7 with “Sauna” master Anthony “Baku” Simmons grinning from ear to ear at the coming of age of one of his young students. However, White then showed who was the real master as he scored six straight points to lock the scores at 13.
Executing some classic line drives, he skilfully took the advantage 15-13 at which stage one of his diehard fans told White not to let Hinds get any more points. White responded, “I had that plan every since.” However, Hinds would catch White at 15 and 16 before White retook control of the contest for good.
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