Williams still the queen
Barbados’ No.1 women’s badminton player Tamisha Williams retained her women’s title, while Dakiel Thorpe put on an impressive performance to win his first national men’s singles title during the Barbados Badminton Association’s Senior National Championships Finals at Shuttlers Hall in Ealing Grove, Christ Church, on Monday night.
Williams once again prevailed as champion when she outplayed Shari Hope in straight sets 21-17, 21-19, while Thorpe crushed former champ Andre Padmore 21-9, 21-11.
Hope got off to a decent start, gaining early points off some errors by Williams and went on to play outstandingly in patches. However, it was difficult for her to ward off a consistent Williams, who used several deceptive deliveries to force Hope into making a number of unforced errors throughout the match.
After falling three points behind at 8-11, Hope won three straight points to tie the score at 11. She also clawed her way back from 13-18 to 16-18. However, she could not sustain the fightback and got just one more point as Williams staved off the challenge to win the first set.
In the second set, Hope once again made the early exchanges count but Williams also became stronger. The scores were locked at 9-9, 16-16 and 19-19 but Williams prevailed in the end.
In the men’s final, Thorpe controlled the game, manoeuvering Padmore around the court as he set up his powerful jump smashes.He reeled off five straight points before Padmore was able to get on the scoreboard and maintained his scoring to lead 9-5.
Thorpe continued to outscore Padmore and extended his lead to 13-8. He blew the contest open with six straight points as Padmore remained stagnated, getting just one more point as Thorpe clinched the first set.
In the second set, Thorpe sped to an 11-4 lead and maintained his performance to claim the title.
Williams and Monyata Riviera, currently ranked 175th in the world, linked to gain revenge on last year’s winners Hope and Sabrina Scott and capture the women’s doubles’ title 21-11, 21-18.
Thorpe teamed up with former men’s singles champion Cory Fanus to beat Shani Martin and Padmore 21-15, 21-18 in the men’s doubles.
Fanus and Riviera prevailed over Thorpe and Williams 21-18, 21-18 in the mixed doubles final. (RG)