Samuel beaten as squash tourney starts

There was keen squash action Thursday evening as the Barbados Squash Association’s (BSA) inaugural BSA-BOA Premier Squash Championship got underway at the Barbados Squash Club in Marine Gardens, Hastings, Christ Church.

There were ten matches played in the first rounds of both the ladies and men’s individual competitions and there was only one upset as the 13-year old No. 3/4 seed Chelsie Samuel was defeated in a hard fought four-game tussle by her 14-year old local rival Jada Smith-Padmore 12-10 10-12 12-10 11-8 in a match that lasted just under 50 minutes. Smith-Padmore will now face Karen Meakins in the ladies semi-final Saturday morning. Meakins, a 15-time former national champion, had a first-round bye.

Jada Smith-Padmore upset Chelsie Samuel. (FP)
Jada Smith-Padmore upset Chelsie Samuel. (FP)

The second ladies semi-final will be between Jada’s twin sister, Jodi Smith-Padmore, whose opponent had to withdraw from the competition for personal reasons, and the No. 2 seed, Amanda Haywood, the reigning two-time Caribbean U-17 champion. Haywood comfortably defeated the reigning Caribbean U-13 champion, Sumairaa Suleman, in straight games 11-4, 11-3, 11-5.

In the men’s first round, there were no upsets last night as all of the top eight seeds progressed to the quarter-finals that will be played tomorrow morning. Only Don Benn, one of four players seeded at No. 5/8, was in any danger of being defeated, but he managed to prevail 3-2 in a tough encounter with promising left handed teenager, Zachary Proverbs-Harris.

After dropping two of the first three games, Benn came through in typically gritty fashion to win in five games 9-11 11-6 10-12 11-8 11-6. Of the remaining seeded players only Stewart St. John (seeded at No. 3/4) dropped a game to the wily veteran, Leon Truss, but was otherwise untroubled and won in four games 12-14 11-4 11-3 11-6. The top seed and reigning eight-time national champion, Shawn Simpson, and the No. 2 seed, Rhett Cumberbatch, defeated Alex Stewart and Martin Bryan respectively in three straight games, as did the other No. 3/4 seed Mark Sealy, over Darien Benn.

Shemane Griffith, Khamal Cumberbatch and Zaki Williams also all won 3-0 versus Moishe Steinbok, Chemar Burnham and Preston Parris respectively.

Men’s quarterfinals start at 10 a.m. Saturday, while the semi-finals will be played later in the day from 2.30 p.m. The plate and other competition finals will be held on Sunday from 1.30 p.m. with the last match in the competition, the men’s final, scheduled to begin at 4.30 p.m. 


Ladies 1stRound:

#2 Amanda Haywood 3-0

Sumairaa Suleman            

11-4 11-3 11-5

Jada Smith-Padmore 3-0

#3/4 Chelsie Samuel        

12-10 10-12 12-10 11-8

Men’s 1stRound:

#1   Shawn Simpson 3-0

Alex Stewart                 

11-4 11-6 12-10

#5/8 Shemane Griffith 3-0

Moishe Steinbok          

11-2 11-6 11-1

#5/8 Khamal Cumberbatch 3-0

Chemar Burnham  11-6 11-3 11-2

#3/4 Mark Sealy 3-0

Darien Benn         11-7 12-10 11-7

#3/4 Stewart St. John 3-1

Leon Truss           12-14 11-4 11-3 11-6

#5/8 Don Benn 3-2

Zachary Proverbs Harris

9-11 11-6 10-12 11-8 11-6

#5/8 Zaki Williams 3-0

Preston Parris        11-6 11-3 11-8

#2  Rhett Cumberbatch 3-0

Martin Bryan        11-4 11-2 11-8





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