John­son, Cham­bers seal Liguanea Open ti­tles

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

KINGSTON: DAMION JOHN­SON racked up a straight-sets win, while Ri­cardo Cham­bers stormed back from a one-set deficit to win the men’s Open and Ama­teur ti­tles, re­spec­tively, at the Liguanea Club Open Ten­nis Tour­na­ment, which wrapped up on Fri­day night.

With youth and vigour in his favour, Cham­bers matched skills with proven cam­paigner Richard Lee, and the wily vet­eran had a few tricks up his sleeve. Lee out­played Cham­bers to win the first set, but the tal­ented new­comer kept his head and re­bounded to take the next two sets and claim the Ama­teur ti­tle with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 win.

“It was one of those matches where I knew what I needed to do, so it was just about ex­e­cut­ing,” said Cham­bers. “When I went down 2-0 in the sec­ond set, I started hit­ting the ball deeper, putting more spin on it, and that started get­ting me some points, and then I was just able to run away with it.”

In the Open com­pe­ti­tion, John­son

WIN­NING STREAK

had things all his way. The reign­ing na­tional cham­pion shook off a gru­elling semi-fi­nal – where he was made to work for every point – to post an easy win to take the ti­tle.

In his fourth matchup against na­tional num­ber two, Dwayne Pagon, in re­cent months, John­son beat his ri­val 6-2, 6-2 to ex­tend his win­ning streak against Pagon to four out of four.

“In the semi-fi­nals, I played hor­ri­ble ten­nis. I was very tired and it came out on the court. For the fi­nal, I was well rested and I came out to win, so I went for all my shots, I served at 90 per cent and my fore­arm was at a 90 per cent av­er­age, so over­all, I played pretty well,” John­son ob­served.

Tour­na­ment Di­rec­tor Llock­ett McGre­gor said he was sat­is­fied with the stan­dard of play through­out the week-long event.

He said: “We had the best play­ers com­pet­ing and they played a high stan­dard of ten­nis through­out the com­pe­ti­tion, so over­all, we are very pleased with how the tour­na­ment turned out.”

McGre­gor also ex­pressed grat­i­tude to the tour­na­ment’s spon­sors for their sup­port.

“We have to thank our ma­jor spon­sors To­tal and UHY Daw­gen and all the other com­pa­nies who sup­ported us be­cause it is very im­por­tant to have events of this cal­i­bre in or­der to build up lo­cal ten­nis,” he added.

Other spon­sors were Avis, Life­span, KLAS ESPN Sports FM, Epic Tech­nolo­gies, Ja­maica Bis­cuit Com­pany, and Cari-med.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTOS

Ri­cardo Cham­bers (right), win­ner of the Ama­teur com­pe­ti­tion at the 2016 Liguanea Club Open Ten­nis Tour­na­ment, is all smiles as he ac­cepts his tro­phy from tour­na­ment di­rec­tor, Llock­ett McGre­gor. Cham­bers beat vet­eran Richard Lee 6-7, 6-2, 6-3 in the fi­nal at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston on Fri­day night.

Reign­ing na­tional cham­pion, Damion John­son (right), seems pleased to add an­other tro­phy to his col­lec­tion as he ac­cepts the top prize af­ter win­ning the men’s Open at the 2016 Liguanea Club Open Ten­nis Tour­na­ment. Ka­di­ene Dun­can­son, Liguanea Club’s sales man­ager, makes the pre­sen­ta­tion.

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