Number two seeds eliminated from tournament
The action is heating up at the 2014 Caribbean Alliance Insurance Company Ltd. Senior National Badminton Championships as two No. 2 seeds Jade Browne and Monyata Riviera and Nicholas Reifer and Greg Padmore where eliminated in the mixed and men’s doubles categories respectively last night at the Barbados Community College.
Browne and Riviera were defeated by the new combination of Sabrina Scott and Sabeel Foster 21-19, 18-21, 21-12. Throughout the contest, Scott did not control the net play as she usually would, but, Foster lifted his game and dictated the tempo to ensure the pair would advance to the semi-final round to face long-standing partners Shae Martin and Amanda Haywood. However, once Scott is able to find her rhythm, there will be no stopping this pair from eventually lifting the mixed title.
Foster would again cause major problems on the night, as he would partner with Cory Fanus to dismiss the hopes of Greg Padmore and Nicholas Reifer from reaching the finals of the men’s doubles category for a second consecutive year. Fanus and Foster wasted no time in applying the pressure and quickly took control of the first game. Despite improved shot selection and stroke consistency Reifer and Padmore simply had no answer to the dynamic pair and lost 21-13, 22-20.
In other games, the defending women’s pair of Mariama Eastmond and Shari Watson met stiff opposition in Riviera and Tamisha Williams. After simply dominating the first game to set the tone of the match by pressuring Riviera, Eastmond changed strategy in the second which allowed her opponents to apply the pressure to her instead, and thus tie the contest.
In the final game Riviera and Williams went to the interval with a four point advantage (11-7). The lead was then cut to two at 14-12 as the champions inched their way back into the match. After the scores were levelled at 14 all, they traded points to 19. The tension was palpable when Watson and Eastmond took a one point lead. They were then able to seal the contest after Eastmond pushed the shuttle deep to the backhand side of Riviera, where she could only manage a weak lift, which Eastmond easily dispatched with a net kill.
Dakiel Thorpe secured a semi-final match-up against doubles partner and current national champion Bradley Pilgrim after he defeated Cory Fanus another intriguing contest 21-14, 21-14. Unlike the fast and powerful game he played the previous night against Foster, Thorpe played a measured and controlled game against the young Fanus. Both demonstrated excellent movement, with Fanus’s defensive skills as one of the highlights of his game.
Thorpe’s powerful smashes would stifle Fanus’ attempts to defend at times, but it was the superior shot selection and execution that helped Thorpe’s cause to secure the victory.
The semi-finals in all categories continued tonight at 6:30p.m.
Bradley Pilgrim(1) def. Aslam Bhikha 21-5, 21-6
Dakeil Thorpe def. Cory Fanus 21-14, 21-14
Andre Padmore(2) def. Nicholas Sobers 21-2, 21-5
Round of 16
Andrew Clarke/Damien Howell def. Kennie King/Keshem Moore 21-14, 21-14
Shae Martin/D’ Andre Thorpe def. Kodie King/Nicholas Sobers 21-13, 21-6
Bradley Pilgrim/Dakeil Thorpe(1) def. John Cupples/Gavin Robinson 21-1, 21-2
Andre Clarke/Damien Howell def. Connel Hinds/Paul Sealy 21-7, 21-14
Jade Browne/Andre Padmore def. Shae Martin/D’Andre Thorpe 21-13, 21-15
Cory Fanus/Sabeel Foster def. Greg Padmore/Nicholas Reifer(2) 21-13, 22-20
Mariama Eastmond/Shari Watson def. Amanda Haywood/Sabrina Scott 21-15, 21-19
Mariama Eastmond/Shari Watson def. Monyata Riviera/Tamisha Williams 21-10, 14-21, 21-19
Dakeil Thorpe/Mariama Eastmond(1) Bye
Andre Padmore/Shari Watson def. Bradley Pilgrim/Tamisha Williams 21-17, 21-15
Shae Martin/Amanda Haywood def. D’Andre Thorpe/Onika Moe 21-9, 20-22, 21-6
Sabeel Foster/Sabrina Scott def. Jade Browne/ Monyata Riviera(2) 21-19, 18-21, 21-12