Moseley is men’s national champ
Barbados’ Davis Cup team member Russell Moseley is the 2014 SOL/Island Heritage Men’s National champion.
Moseley defeated his long-time rival and the No.4 seed Andrew Thornton 6-2, 3-0 retired in a one-sided affair at the National Tennis Centre yesterday evening.
Moseley put early pressure on Thornton by breaking him in the second game and racing ahead 4-1. Thornton then saved three set points on his serve at 2-5 but was unable to save the fourth as Moseley hit a well placed cross court forehand winner to take the first set.
Thornton, who was wearing two knee braces had difficulty with his movement and Moseley stayed focused playing confident tennis and placing the ball wide very effectively.
Moseley hit a big ace down the centre at 2-0, 40-15 and Thornton’s knee gave way as he moved to the left in what turned out to be the last point of the match.
In doubles action, Russell and his brother Ryan Moseley defeated Gavin Hutchinson and Simon Lewis 6-1, 6-3 for a place in the final, while Thornton (decision pending) and Seanon Williams are scheduled to play Dylan Hall and Emil Trotman early today for the other place in the final.
The men’s doubles final is slated for 6 p.m. tomorrow while the top juniors in the country will also be in action this week at the Fortress/Nassco Junior Series. (PR/EZS)