King off to winning season start
Darian King won his first title of 2013, capturing the doubles at the International Tennis Federation (ITF) F1 tournament in Ixtapa, Mexico.
King, seeded No. 1 with Australian partner Chris Letcher, defeated Theodoros Angelinos of Greece and France’s Antoine Benneteau, the No. 2 seeds, 6-3, 6-1 in the final.
In the process, King and Letcher denied Benneteau any titles in the tournament.
Benneteau was seeded No. 1 in the singles, but was beaten by No. 3 Miguel Gallardo-Valles of Mexico in 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Mexico’s Adrian Fernandez and Raul Mandujano were King and Letcher’s first scalps, going down 6-0, 6-1.
The next to fall was King’s former doubles partner Christopher Diaz-Figueroa and Sebastien Vidal of Guatemala 6-4, 6-4.
The toughest test came in the semi-finals, where King and Letcher went to the tiebreak to beat Mexico’s Alejandro Moreno Figueroa and Manuel Sanchez 6-3, 3-6 (10-5).
King, the No. 4 seed, lost in the first round of the singles, beaten 6-3, 6-1 by Matheson Klein of Australia.
He has joined the rest of the Barbados team – Russell Moseley, Seanon Williams and Anthony Marshall – in El Salvador to compete in the Americas Davis Cup Group II.
Barbados will play the hosts tomorrow. (SAT)