Sweet, sour, sizzling Silver Hill
Fans were given thoroughly entertaining matches, hefty servings of sows and the sour aftertaste of controversial officiating when the Silver Hill Road Tennis Competition continued on Sunday.
On a night when the defending champion Antonio “Lil Man” Daniel put on a display of scintillating shots to dismiss Michael “Mikey Jean” Jean 21-13, 21-15 to leave the fans howling, nothing made them howl louder than when Asabi Downey upset Cherene Ward, with the officials committing numerous howlers.
Former national footballer Downey soaked up the pressure from the more experienced Ward by defending and countering stubbornly to take the controversial contest 18-21, 21-14, 24-22. After winning the opening game, Ward committed many attacking errors, allowing the consistent Downey to take the second and set up the decider.
That critical third game was disrupted by multiple line calls, which at times shocked even the player receiving the point. The players and fans became very animated when Downey surged from 17-19 to hold game and match point 20-19.
Downey failed to end the contest at that stage when Ward fell to the court in returning a ball, with a shocked Downey hesitating and losing the chance. Ward locked the scores at 20 and 21 before holding game and match point 22-21.
However, more controversial calls and resulting replays saw Downey surviving as a frustrated Ward made two quick attacking errors to allow Downey to advance to meet Juliet Worrell tonight. Former table tennis national Julia Morris-Young will battle Abigail Haynes.
Earlier, Margo Lorde destroyed Heather Samuel 21-9, 21-4, Susan Scantlebury was equally vicious in crushing Grace Gill 21-8, 21-9, while St Vincent and the Grenadines queen Maudlyn Blunt edged Samanta Rogers 21-14, 15-21, 21-7, sharing the fifth sow among the women.
The men’s open saw Marson Johnson stunning Dwayne Lynch 21-8, 21-16. Darius “Baracus” Gaskin outplayed a subpar Shawn “Schwarzenegger” Spencer 21-18, 21-11. Davian “Force Ripe” Taylor put out Julian “Snake” Quimby 21-12, 21-17 while Curtis Jones proved better than homeboy Adrian “Howlie” Walker 21-12, 21-15.
Tonight there will be action among the in-house, the 17-and-under and women. The greatest focus will be on the men’s quarter-final match-ups, with Emar Edwards facing three-time champion Mark “Venom” Griffith, while Taylor battles his training partner and 2017 king Daniel. (KB)