In-form Chris Binnie wins ninth All-Jamaica crown in style

By December 02, 2019

Defending champion, Chris Binnie, won an eighth consecutive All-Jamaica Senior Squash title after posting at the Liguanea Club in Kingston over the weekend. Binnie, who was winning his ninth title overall, defeated second seed Bruce Burrowes 11-6, 11-4, 11-3.

The Caribbean champion is now only four behind the all-time record of 13, held by the legendary Wayne Burrowes.

“It is always great to come home to play and, of course, as defending champion the target is on my back. Fortunately, this tournament usually falls right in the middle of my pro season so when I step out on my home court I am ready to compete and it was good to come through again,” Binnie said after his emphatic victory.  

In the Ladies B Draw competition, young Savannah Thomson stormed past veteran Melissa Lue Yen to take top honours. The reigning All Jamaica Under-17 Girls champion turned up her power game to post an 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 win and overcome her more experienced opponent.

The Men’s C Draw final was an all-junior player affair with 13-year-old Aman Dhiman and 15- year-old Dylan Vaz battling it out in a gripping 5-game showcase.

The youngsters held the crowd with a thrilling display of firepower and endurance with Dhiman prevailing 8-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7 to take the title.

Disciplined campaigner Robert Roper won the Men’s B draw, beating Jordon Dawson 11-6, 11-3, 11-9; while Paul Monroe put on a display of diligence to overcome Patrick Chin 11-9, 11-7, 11-5 and win the Over 50 competition.

In the Over 40 category, Bruce Levy waged an epic struggle to register an 11-9, 11-7, 16-14 win and take down his long-time rival Joey Levy.

Jamaica Squash Association Executive, Douglas Beckford said the championships were a success on many levels. 

“We had solid performances from the players, strong spectator support and some pleasant surprises, especially from our junior players who showed courage and composure on the senior stage,” he said.

“It is always thrilling for us to see Chris Binnie in action because as a professional his standard of play is a notch above the rest and we all enjoyed watching him win his ninth title and continue to write his historical squash story.”

Binnie, Burrowes, Tahjia Lumley, who was third in Men’s A Draw and Lewis Walters will represent Jamaica at the World Team Squash Championships which are scheduled for December 15-21, 2019 in Washington DC.

 

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