Saturday 17 August, 2019

Top seeds sail into semifinals of All Jamaica Squash Championships

Defending champion, Chris Binnie, (left) and 13-time title winner, Wayne Burrowes pose after their quarter final match in the 2018 BCIC All Jamaica Senior Squash Championships at the Liguanea Club in Kingston on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

Defending champion, Chris Binnie, (left) and 13-time title winner, Wayne Burrowes pose after their quarter final match in the 2018 BCIC All Jamaica Senior Squash Championships at the Liguanea Club in Kingston on Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

The top seeds in both the men and ladies main draws have qualified for the semifinals of the 2018 BCIC All Jamaica Senior Squash Championships at the Liguanea Club in Kingston. 

Going for his eighth career title, defending champion, Chris Binnie took down 13-time champion, Wayne Burrowes 11-3, 11-5, 11-4 on Wednesday 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.

Not to be outdone, former junior champion, third seed Tahjia Lumley put all of the senior players on notice when he schooled Allan Roper 11-1, 11-2, 11-0.  At the same time, the number 2 seed, Bruce Burrowes comfortably defeated Jordan Dawson 11-2, 11-5, 11-4.

The ladies draw on Tuesday delivered a thrilling surprise when junior national 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 to book her spot in the semifinals.  In the same vein, 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 semifinals, with Akelia beating Mia Todd 11-3, 11-3, 11-6 and Larissa receiving a walkover when her opponent, Minett Lawrence withdrew from the tournament.

The pace of the competition is expected to accelerate as the top players clash in the semi-finals which are scheduled for Thursday.  Binnie will face off with Schwier while Lumley will go head to head with Burrowes.  In the ladies draw Mahfood will be up against Larissa Wiltshire while Lake will do battle with Akelia Wiltshire. 

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