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Battle on for semi-final spots

Sherrylyn A. Toppin

Battle on for semi-final spots

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Andrew Thornton, the No. 7 seed, is the latest casualty in the quarter-finals of the Barbados Tennis Association’s Men’s Open singles being played at the National Tennis Centre, Wildey.
Thornton advanced to the quarters after a walkover against O’Neal Marshall. He faced No. 2 seed Russell Moseley but when trailing 1-5 in the first set, he retired, to gift Moseley a virtual bye into the semi-finals.
Also getting an easy passage was Matthew Weir. The No. 5 seed was leading junior Brandon Dowell 6-0 and was up 2-0 in the second set when Dowell retired.
Weir and No. 4 Dario Parris, who beat Yannick Hooper 6-2, 7-5, will play for one of the three remaining semi-final spots.
No. 3 Duncan Evanson continued his relatively easy trek through the rounds, beating Under-18 runner-up Ajani King 6-0, 6-2. Evanson will play Under-18 champ Dylan Hall after the latter beat Brandon Lee 6-2, 6-1.
Ryan Moseley, the No. 8 seed, played and won the first three games before veteran Melvin Elcock retired, with a meeting against No. 1 seed Seanon Williams looming.
Several other finals were completed despite the rain which interrupted several days’ play.
Kiana Marshall recorded her second and third national titles in what has been a very good tournament.
In a repeat of the Under-18 final, she defeated Cherise Slocombe 6-4, 6-4 in the Under-14 singles final, and then teamed up with Slocombe to beat Symphony Griffith and Jamie Lewis 6-1, 6-1 in the doubles final.
Matches continue in the evening at 3:30 p.m. and at 8 a.m. on weekdays. (SAT)
Summarized results
Girls’ Under-14 Singles Final:
Kiana Marshall defeated Cherise Slocombe 6-4, 6-4.
Ladies’ 45s: Alexine Marshall def. Rosie Roach – walkover.
Men’s Open Singles: Ryan Moseley def. Melville Elcock 3-0 retired.
Russell Moseley def. Andrew Thornton 5-1 ret.
Duncan Evanson def. Ajani King 6-0, 6-2.
Dario Parris def. Yannick Hooper 6-2, 7-5.
Dylan Hall def. Brandon Lee 6-2, 6-1.
Matthew Weir def. Brandon Dowell 6-0, 2-0 retired.
Ajani King def. Roger Millar – walkover.
Men’s 35s: Ben Freeman def. Jason Small 6-4, 7-5.
Girls’ Under-14 Final: Cherise Slocombe/Kiana Marshall def. Symphony Griffith/Jamie Lewis 6-1, 6-1.
Ladies’ 45 Doubles: Marie-Jeanne Symmonds/Marie-Ann Gonzalves def. Helen Roper/Patricia Murray 6-2, 6-4.
Men’s Open: Renaldo Gibson/Hasani Stewart def. Michael Jordan/Luke Humphrey 7-5, 6-2.
Lloyd Slocombe/Paul Stewart def. Jason Small/Adrian Branker 6-4, 7-6(6).
Yannick Hooper/Carron Beckles def. Renaldo Banfield/Brandon Dowell 6-1, 2-6, 10-8.
Shae Branch/Christian Maxwell def. Hannes Matz/John Ackie – walkover.
Men’s 35: Doubles O’Neal Marshall/Roger Millar def. Melville Elcock/Jerry Harper 4-6, 6-3, 10-5.
Men’s 45: Raymond Forde/George Grant def. Colin Murray/Martin Frost 6-3, 6-4.
Under-10 Boys: Romani Mayers/Ajani Yarde def. Stephen Slocombe/Kaipo Marshall 8-6.
Under-14 Boys: Jared Spencer/Ajani King def. Samuel Manning/Xavier Lawrence 4-1, 5-3.
Joshua Worme/Yannick Polanen def. Gavin Hutchinson/Emil Trotman 6-3, 6-4.
Under-16 Boys: Aquille Trotman/Mathew Foster Estwick def. Andrew Symmonds/Gregory Hinkson 6-2, 7-5(5).
Brandon Lee/Dylan Hall def. Joshua Worme/Jared Spencer 6-2, 6-3.
Under-18 Boys: Brandon Lee/Michael Jordan def. Simon Lewis/Ajani King 6-3, 2-6, 10-6.