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Clash for semis

Spots for Sunday night's matches up for grabs

The Villages at Coverley will be transformed into a coliseum on Sunday night when the eight remaining players do battle for spots in the semi-finals of the Massy United Insurance Clash of the Titans road tennis competition.

As expected, the top four seeds have predictably made it to the final eight, which also includes two juniors and one surprise quarter-finalist.

The night’s feature match will see a remake of “David versus Goliath”.

David Arendell will try to slow down the big hitting Antoine “Lil Man” Daniel, in a match which is expected to be as exciting as it is entertaining.

David Arendell will have to be at his best if he is to have a chance at stopping Antoine Daniel.

David Arendell will have to be at his best if he is to have a chance at stopping Antoine Daniel.

Daniel, the number two seed, will be the overwhelming favourite, especially after his massacre of Julian “Snake” Quimby in the round of 16.

Arendell, though, a solid defender, will like his chances against his aggressive opponent, who while known for unreeling spectacular and seemingly impossible shots, is also known for his large amount of unforced errors.

He will have to be at his very best though, if he is to eliminate Daniel, the winner of the Monarchs of the Court competition and one of the favourites to take home the $12,000 first place cheque.

Another interesting matchup will pit the third ranked Curtis Jones against Aaron Barker, the surprise of the pack.

Jones has dropped the opening set in his last two matches, and will need to address that slow start against Barker.

Known for his attacking style of play, Barker proved he belongs among the elite when he defeated the fifth ranked Marson Johnson in straight sets to reach the quarter-finals.

And while his backhand is second to none, his fitness though, is viewed as his biggest weakness, as he has struggled whenever he has been pushed to three sets.

Another interesting matchup will be the one between Julian “Michael Jackson” White and junior, Dario Hinds.

The last time these two met, which coincidentally happened to be in last year’s competition at the Wildey Gymnasium, White was pushed to three sets by the youngster, before eventually scrapinghome.

This time around though, White –– who has over 30 road tennis titles –– looks to be in sublime form, and it will take a herculean effort from the 19-year-old if he is to advance to the semifinals.

Top ranked Mark “Venom” Griffith, having been pushed to the limit by Darius “Barracus” Gaskin in the last round, will be wary of another junior when he comes up against Emar Edwards.

 With shots like these Mark “Venom” Griffith will be looking to make it to the semi-finals.

With shots like these Mark “Venom” Griffith will be looking to make it to the semi-finals.

While Edwards, a student of Combermere has been solid so far with his defensive style of play, he will have to step up his game against a similarly defensive minded Griffith’s if he is to stand a chance.

Griffith’s ability to switch from defense to attack at any time though, gives him the edge in this contest.

There will also be two junior matches, with spots in the semi-finals on the line.

The aggressive Keon Murrell, winner of the 2013 SJ Health and Bakery Limited Punches in Bunches “B” class competition, will take on the 2013 Inter-Parish Under-15 road tennis champion, Ezekial Ward.

In the second match, Justin Hinds will have his work cut out when he opposes Gaskin.

Source: (Randy Bennett)

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