Top seeds up the ante ahead of finals

first_img2018 Rainforest Waters Senior National Squash ChampionshipsThe 2018 Rainforest Waters Senior National Squash Championships continued on Friday night at the Georgetown Club courts with Jason-Ray Khalil, Alex Arjoon and Nyron Joseph starring in the Men’s Open.The action saw players contesting in four quarter-final matches aside from the Men’s Open. Those were: the lone remaining Women’s Quarter-final match, the Men’s Veterans, Men’s Plate, and Women’s Plate.Alex ArjoonThe top four seeds in the Men’s Open draw all progressed in straight games to the semi-finals, which are scheduled for tonight; but in the match of the night, Khalil managed to overcome a testing challenge from top junior player Shomari Wiltshire.First on court was No 2 seed Richard Chin, who defeated Robert Fernandes in straight games 11- 6, 11-6, 11- 5. Defending champion Arjoon was next on court against former Junior Caribbean champion Damian Da Silva. Arjoon won the first game 11-4, and then took an even closer second game, 11-8. He closed out the match with an emphatic 11-1 win in the third game.Then Khalil was next on court against Wiltshire, winning the first game 11-6. The second game went back and forth, with Wiltshire having two game balls: at 10-9 and again at 12-11; but Khalil eventually prevailed 14-12.The furious pace of the second game took its toll on both players, but more so on Wilshire, as his opponent easily won the third game 11-2. The battle between former national champions Nyron Joseph and Regan Pollard was comfortably won in straight games by Joseph 11-6, 11-5, 11-6.In the last of the Women’s Quarter-final matches, top junior players Abosaide Cadogan and Sarah Lewis were pitted against each other, but Abosaide easily won the match 11-3, 11-6, 11-3.The match-up in the Men’s Semi-finals will see Arjoon taking on Khalil, while No 2 seed Richard Chin comes up against Nyron Joseph.In the Women’s semis, Mary Fung-A-Fat will play Abosaide Cadogan, while Ashley Khalil will battle Taylor Fernandes. The Finals, meanwhile, are set for Sunday, commencing at 11:00h.last_img read more