Champs on top
The 2013 Caribbean Insurance Alliance Co. Ltd National Senior Badminton Championships got underway at the Wildey Gymnasium last night with the defending men’s and women’s Singles champions signalling their intentions to retain their respective titles.
Despite nursing an ankle injury earlier this season, Mariama Eastmond looked impressive as she defeated Tamisha Williams in the first Quarter-final 21-15, 21-10. Eastmond’s shot selection was superb as she dominated from the start and never allowed Williams to find a rhythm.
Eastmond will have to now face Sabrina Scott who advanced to the next round by a walkover victory over Suzanne Griffith, while Monyata Riveira also secured her spot when she defeated Amanda Haywood 21-16, 21-11.
Like Eastmond, Andre Padmore who has been dominant for the entire year, hardly broke a sweat as he dismissed Andre Woodvine 21-2, 21-1 to advance to the quarter-finals where he will face Derion Hurley.
Padmore is on course to meet the dynamic Dakiel Thorpe and his first real test. The night’s most intriguing battles came on the other side of the draw which saw match-ups between Andrew Clarke and D’Andre Thorpe along with Ali Forde and Damien Howell.
Clarke, who is a law major in Trinidad came from behind after losing the first game to defeat D’Andre Thorpe 20-22, 21-18, 21-17 in a hard fought contest. Clarke used his experience to his advantage and also made some spectacular saves to keep the bird in play.
Clarke will have the opportunity to advance to the semi-final round when he faces Shem Scantlebury in their quarter-final match.
The contest of the night was however the epic battle between Damien Howell and Ali Forde. The match proved that either man was worthy of the win as it went down to the wire.
The first set saw Forde jump out to a 5-0 lead and later on 18-14. However, Howell scored seven unanswered points to take the first game. In the second game, Forde led at the first interval and did not relinquish the lead on this occasion to tie the match.
The decisive game, once again saw Forde seize control early and throughout. However on Forde’s match-point, Howell scored 5 straight points to lock the scores and stun everyone watching the match.
In a premature celebration, Howell then missed a return by Forde which simply floated past him to keep Forde in the game and later allowed for Forde to seal the win with a 21-18, 13-21, 24-22 victory.
The action continued tonight.
Greg Padmore def. Sabeel Foster 21-17, 21-18
Curwin Cherubin def. Cory Fanus 21-16, 21-14
D’Andre Thorpe def. Michael Bourne 21-10, 21-6
Andre Padmore def. Andre Woodvine 21-2, 21-1
Dakiel Thorpe def. Cuewin Cheruin 21-9, 21-15
Shem Scantlebury def. Charles Browne (walkover)
Shae Martin def. Jade Browne 20-22, 21-14, 21-13
Derion Hurley def. Daniel Duncan 21-14. 17-21, 21-11
Bradley Pilgrim def. Greg Padmore 21-15, 21-13
Andrew Clarke def. D’Andre Thorpe 20-22, 21-18, 21-17
Athelstone Forde def. Damien Howell 21-18, 13-21, 24-22
Monyata Riviera def. Onika Moe 21-4, 21-8
Sabrina Scott def. Suzanna Griffith (walkover)
Mariama Eastmond def, Tamisha Williams 21-15, 21-10
Monyata Riviera def, Amanda Haywood 21-16, 21-11