Moseley hitting stride early
DAVIS CUP selectee Russell Moseley isn’t rusty after all.
After watching Darian King and Haydn Lewis beat Mexico in their Group 2 final last week, Moseley showcased his tennis skills by whipping overseas-based top junior Dylan Hall in straight sets 6-1, 6-1 when the SOL/Island Heritage Open & Senior Nationals got underway at the National Tennis Centre earlier this week.
Top seed Lewis was very relaxed as he easily won his round one match against junior player Brandon Lee, 6-1, 6-2.
The much anticipated clash between Moseley and Hall was not as one-sided as the final scoreline suggests.
Both players took the ball early and hit impressive winners. However, Moseley proved too consistent for Hall.
Moseley’s national teammate Seanon Williams also had a comfortable 6-4, 6-1 win over Dario Parris.
The other member of the Davis Cup team, world No. 319 Darian King, is in Brazil competing in the Porto Alegre Challenger on clay.
King won his first round match, defeating Jose Pereira of Brazil – who has an ATP ranking of 333 – 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4).
King, however, went down to the No. 69 in the world and the No. 1 seed Carlos Berlocq of Argentina 3-6, 2-6 in a long match where King had his chances.
He will next move onto next week’s Challenger in Cali, Colombia, hoping to pick up more ranking points to push him into the ATP 200s.
With the top-ranked women’s player Melena Lopez now overseas, her other Fed Cup teammates Kiana Marshall and Cherise Slocombe are on course to meet in the Open final as play continues this weekend .
There will be also be action in the men’s open second round as well as the women’s open and the senior events. (EZS/PR)