Badminton players take control
It was smooth sailing for the major players on the first night of 2014 Caribbean Alliance Insurance Co. Ltd. Senior National Badminton Championships at the Barbados Community College last night, however Shae Martin almost caused the first upset of the tournament before eventually losing to Damien Howell 20-22, 21-14, 21-14.
The Under-17 triple crown national junior champion stunned Howell to take the first game, but Howell drew on his experience to settle and take the final two games to secure a spot in the quarter-final round. His job will get now easier as he will be matched against D’Andre Thorpe.
Sabeel Foster also tried to upset the fancied Dakeil Thorpe and in the initial stages of the first game he seemed poised to take Thorpe to the wire. However, after the score was locked at 6-all, Thorpe took complete control of the game, pushing Foster to all areas of the court in order to set him up his powerful jump smash to win 21-17, 21-11.
Cory Fanus was the only junior to unseat a senior player when he defeated Andrew Clarke 21-18, 21-16. Fanus trailed at the first interval 8-11 and dugged himself a little deeper when unforced errors had him trailing 13-17 late into the game. He then went on an 8-1 run to come from behind and take the game, and with the momentum his way, eventually the match.
Amanda Haywood gave Monyata Riviera all she could handle, but Riviera was able to survive and book a semi-final berth against the defending champion Mariama Eastmond when she defeated Haywood 21-19, 9-21, 21-14. The other semi-final matchup is set where Shari Watson will face Tamisha Williams after they defeated Sabrina Scott 21-10, 21-15 and Onika Moe 21-4, 21-5 respectively.
Monyata Riviera def. Amanda Haywood 21-19, 9-21, 21-14
Tamisha Williams def. Onika Moe 21-4, 21-5
Shari Watson(2) def. Sabrina Scott 21-10, 21-15
Round of 32
Dakeil Thorpe def. John Cupples 21-2, 21-3
Damien Howell def. Kennie King 21-16, 21-3
Andre Woodvine def. Keshem Moore walkover
Round of 16
Bradley Pilgrim (1) def. Aaron Leslie 21-4, 21-4
Aslam Bhikha def. Bryan Cupples 21-19, 21-5
Cory Fanus def. Andrew Clarke 21-18, 21-16
Dakeil Thorpe def. Sabeel Foster 21-17, 21-11
Damien Howell def. Shae Martin 20-22, 21-14, 21-14
D’Andre Thorpe def. Kodie King 21-12, 21-12
Nicholas Sobers def. Andre Woodvine 21-15, 21-11
Andre Padmore (2) def. Gavin Robinson 21-5, 21-0