GBTI open 2017 continues – Day 2

Boys round of 32

Ridhwaan Kasim fell at the hand of the young Brazilian, Alexandre DeAlmedia 6-2, 6-0.  The heavy hitting and top spin serves proved to be difficult for him to handle. On court two, Devine Kalekyezi and Vijay Sharma had similar fate of Kasim at 7-5, 6-2. Brother of the number one male player, Tai Downes has launched into his first tournament and showed promise but seasoned junior, Ravin Ramprasad, closed a win at 6-2, 3-6, 10-8 in a closely contested match. Adesh Khayyam took on Khalid Gobin but was outplayed by the lefthander 7-5, 6-1. Top spin and acute angles helped seal the deal for Gobin against the promising Khayyam. While an upset was carried out by Akil Brown against Wayne Baker racking up a three setter score of 6-4 , 1-6 , 11-9. Shimron Lewis received a win from Daniel Kellman after failure to show. On the other hand, Nigel Lowe showed up with his regular aggressive game style that was too much for Ariel Khan. Lowe delivered a 6-1, 6-0 win.

Men’s Round 16 Doubles

Left to Right – Sandeep Chand, Andre Lopes, Daniel Lopes, Leyland Leacock

The anticipation of uncle vs nephew in the Lopes doubles was the spectacle of the evening. It was a tense match at the GBTI Open 2017. Factions of supporters gathered at the fences and enjoyed a top doubles match as Andre Lopes/Sandeep Chand battled against Leyland Leacock/Daniel Lopes. The first set progressed evening until 5 games all. The big serving of Daniel Lopes raddled his opponents with a love game hold. Failure of Lopes/Chand to hold their own serve, handed the set 7-5 to the confident Leacock/Lopes. While the defense and game strategy of Lopes/Chnad was adjusted, they eventually conceded the second set at 6-2. Leacock made the finals with partner, Nicholas Fenty, and looks to make a bid for the top position with new partner. Anthony Downes/Jason Andrews won a walkover from Jamal Goodluck/Darren King.

Albert Razick teamed up with his son Daniel Razick against the junior pair, Vadeanand Resaul/Adesh Khayyam to win 6-4, 6-1. Resaul/Khayyam fought every point with intensity that marks the character of future champions. However, the tactical strength of their opponents gave .

Runner up of the first Weekend Challenger, Jason Andrews, defeated Kester Abrams 6-3, 6-3. Abrams had several moments to tip the momentum in the match when creating good angels and guiding several passing winners but was unable to hold back the racked up errors. Andrews faces Khwan Rondney in the Round 16 with both hoping to make it to their first GBTI Men’s Open quarterfinal.

Left to right – Sarah Klaulky, Alana Chung, Grace McCalman and Kurry Cobham

 Ladies Quarter-final Doubles

In the most lively match of the tournament Alana Chung/Sarah Klautky clutched a 6-4, 6-2 win against Kury Cobham/Grace McCalman. Chung/Klaultky had a close first set against the seniors that were three times their age. Cobham/McCalman exhibited the fun and spirit of the tennis community as they rallied against the juniors with light moments as well as seruious shot making. At 4 all, it was upon McCalman to hold her serve and force a break on Chung’s serve in order to secure the set but the opposite happened. It was no looking back by Chung/Klautky who closed the match. Embrace among the four players erupted cheers from the sidelines.