Chris Binnie and Nicolette Fernandes retained their individual CASA titles as the individual events of the annual Caribbean Championships concluded in Guyana.
Binnie overcame Guyana’s Sunil Seth 8/11, 11/7, 11/4, 8/11, 11/8 in a very competitive and entertaining 66 minutes, while Fernandes delighted the home fans with victory over Barbados’ Karen Meakins 11/6, 11/2, 11/5.
The competition now moves on to the team phase, with all the presentations made at the end of the tournament.
The Digicel 2013 Senior Caribbean Squash Championships powered by POWERADE and SMALTA continued with the finals in the various categories of the tournament at the Georgetown Club squash courts.
In the womens final defending champion Guyanese Nicolette Fernandes was up against Barbadian Karen Meakins. Nicolette was in total control of the match and was never really tested winning in straight games 11 – 4, 11-5,11-3.
In the mens final defending champion Jamaican Chris Binnie was pitted against Guyanese Sunil Seth. Sunil won the first game 11- 8 but then Chris settled down and started controlling the T and moving Sunil all around the court. He won the second game 11 – 7 and was even more convincing in his win of the third 11 – 4. However Sunil refocused and as Chris began to tire he seized the initiative and won the fourth game 11-8. The fifth game was close throughout but Chris reached match ball at 10 – 6 but Sunil would not go down easily and got to eight but Chris took a chance and played a drop from the back of the court which surprised Sunil and he just could not get to the ball losing the point and the match 11 – 8.
Record Four for Binnie
“It’s an unbelievable feeling to now have four titles, which is the record. This is what you dream about growing up, you want to be the best in your sport,” Binnie told the Jamaica Gleaner after his history-making victory.
“It was a very difficult match because it was close all the way to the end. It really took a lot of heart and determination to get through, and I’m just thankful I was able to get the win,” Binnie said.
“I plan to get more regional titles, but I’m also looking to make the next step on the international level because I want to become the best in the world,” added Binnie.
In the ladies third place match Guyanese Ashley Khalil proved much too strong for Mary Fung A Fat winning in straight games 11-1,11-8,11-3.
In the mens third place match Guyanese Richard Chin was up against Cayman Islands Cameron Stafford. Cameron won a hard first game 12 – 10 but Richard won both the second and third games 11 – 8. These two games seemed to take alot of the energy from Cameron and Richard won the fourth game easily 11- 2.
The results of the other finals were as follows.
Mens Classic Plate Final
Alex Arjoon Guy beat Gavin Cumberbatch Bar 11 – 7,9 – 11,11-2, 11-9.
Mens Classic Plate seventh/eight
Bruce Borrowes Jam beat Mandela Patrick T & T 11-1,11-6,11-9
Womens Classic Plate Final
Keisha Jeffrey Guy beat Ashley De Groot Guy 11-7,7-11,11-8,1-11,11-6
Womens Classic Plate seventh/eight
Gylla Mc Kenzie Bar beat Victoria Arjoon Guy 12 – 10,11-8,11-9
Mens Super plate
Rhett Cumberbatch Bar beat Dane Schwier Jam 11-7,7-11,11-9,11-9.
Kristian Jeffrey Guy won by default.
Nadia Mc Carthy Bar beat Akeila Wiltshire Guy 7 – 11, 8-11,11-6,11-3,11-8
Womens Plate eleventh/twelve
Kathy Ten Pow Guy beat Larissa Wiltshire Guy 11-7,11-9,12-10.