Chris Binnie leads top seeds into All-Jamaica semis

By November 22, 2018
Chris Binnie and Wayne Burrowes after their quarter-final match on Wednesday. Chris Binnie and Wayne Burrowes after their quarter-final match on Wednesday.

Top seeds in both the male and female draws on Wednesday stormed into the semi-finals of the 2018 BCIC All Jamaica Senior Squash Championships currently underway at the Liguanea Club in Kingston.

Defending Men’s champion Chris Binnie, who is going for his eighth career title defeated the 13-time champion, Wayne Burrowes 11-3, 11-5, 11-4 to remain on-track to retain the crown. Similarly, former champion and number four seed, Dane Schwier defeated Andre Wright 11-2, 11-1, 11-7 to continue his quest to retake the coveted trophy.

Former junior champion and third seed Tahjia Lumley put the senior players on notice when he schooled Allan Roper 11-1, 11-2, 11-0 while number 2 seed, Bruce Burrowes comfortably defeated Jordan Dawson 11-2, 11-5, 11-4.

The women’s draw threw up a few surprises, as national junior team player Mia Lake toppled last year’s runner-up, Alex Jordan in an exciting five-setter. The youngster outplayed her more experienced opponent to post an 11-7, 5-11, 11-13 8-11, 11-5 win and book her spot in the semi-finals.

Meanwhile, All-Jamaica Under-17 champion Mia Mahfood beat Nathlee Boreland 11-7, 11-4, 11-6 to remain in contention for her first senior national title.

Predictably, tournament favourites former Junior Caribbean champions, Akelia and Larissa Wiltshire of Guyana both advanced to the semi-finals.

Akelia beat Mia Todd 11-3, 11-3, 11-6 while Larissa advanced in a walkover when Minett Lawrence withdrew from the tournament.

In Thursday’s semi-final clashes Binnie will face off with Schwier while Lumley will go head to head against Burrowes.  Among the women, Mahfood will be up against Larissa Wiltshire while Lake will do battle with Akelia Wiltshire.

“In the men’s draw the competition will be very tough at this stage because you have four of the country’s best players who are all in top shape and ready to compete,” said Tournament Director Gil Binnie.

“On the ladies’ side, it’s great to see our junior players in contention and they will now have to dig deep to match skills with their more experienced opponents.”

 

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