Johnson, Chambers seal Liguanea Open titles
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
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.
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.