Lil Man upsets Venom, to play Michael Jackson in final
THE FLAMBOYANT Antonio “Lil Man” Daniel will meet Julian “Michael Jackson” White in the men’s final of the City of Bridgetown Credit Union’s World Road Tennis Championships at the Springer Memorial Auditorium, Sunday night.
Daniel, the island’s most exciting player in the indigenous game, thrilled spectators with his array of scintillating shots in ousting Barbados’ No.1-ranked player Mark “Venom” Griffith 21-6, 21-18 in their semi-final late Saturday night.
The evergreen White also had an easy 21-11, 21-17 victory over Curtis Jones in their semi-final.
Perennial women’s queen Kim Holder will meet the consistent Sheldine Walrond in the women’s final.
Holder staved off the challenge of Abigail Haynes 21-19, 21-17 while Walrond held her nerves in an extremely close match to narrowly defeat Rachel Smith 24-22, 23-21 in their respective semi-finals.
Both champions will earn Bds $20 000.
The championships also attracted players from the United States, Canada, Guyana, Jamaica, St Lucia and St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Other semi-final results on Saturday.
Shibbir Greenidge and Marson Johnson beat Dwayne Lynch and Dario Hinds 17-21, 21-19, 21-14.
Adrian “Dan” Skeete and Andy “Black Dog” Richards defeated Julian White and Antonio Daniel 21-15, 21-19.
Ezekiel Ward beat Dominique Morris 21-6, 21-12.
Shaquan Henry defeated Shakeem Nurse 21-15, 21-18.
Masters (Over-50) Semi-finals
Rickey “Body Doc” Hoyte defeated Winston Moore 21-19, 21-19.
Christopher Griffith beat Jeffrey “Bing Crosby” Layne 21-17, 21-19. (EZS)