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King off to winning season start

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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)