SUMMER SLAM TENNIS TOURNAMENT-RESULTS DAY 3
Major Upset today for Alysa Elliott and Jorja Mederick in the semi finals of the Girls u16 category at the Summer Slam Tennis Tournament
Orange Ball players finally had a chance to showcase their talent as their round robin stage started today.
Hannah McNamara former champion of the Sagicor Christmas Tennis Tournament is again crowned the champion of the girls orange ball Summer Slam tennis Tournament 2020 as she has outdone all her opponents, firstly defeating Samuella Bertrand 4-2, then Merkisha Justin 4-0 and dismissing Makkedah Charles with the same score 4-0.
After losing to Hannah McNamara, Samuella Bertrand was able to secure a win against Makkedah Charles defeating her 4-0. In the boys orange ball matches Dante Joseph was in the zone today! He defeated Denney Estava and Ethan Calixte, the scores were, against Estava 5-3 and Calixte 4-0. Estava had a quick recovery after his loss to Joseph going on to defeat Abbazeke Jules 4-1. Aiden Rosemond also had is game on today, defeating Reggie Weeks 4-2 and Immanuel Charles 4-2.
In the second round of matches we saw the girls 16s semi-final Jorja Mederick, Jessica Eudovic, Iyana Paul and Alysa Elliott. Paul and Mederick took to centre court to battle it out for a spot in the final. Mederick and Paul had a quick start with both players holding serve then breaking each other repetitively. Paul served for the set at 5-4 but was unable to close. Mederick came back bringing the score to 6 all as they had to serving it off in a tie break. Mederick quickly went up 3-0 on Paul, but Paul kept her composure, reset and snatched away the game at 7-5. The second set went on quickly with Paul not making any errors in dismissing Mederick 6-0. She was declared winner by chair umpire Ajaunie Scott.
Semi-Final two was top seed in the 16s draw and number one ranked 16 & under player on island Alysa Elliott and new player on the local scene Jessica Eudovic from the John McEnroe Tennis Academy in the U.S. both experienced players. The score was tied at 2 all with a head to head battle that went on for at least 20 minutes, Eudovic trying her best to break Elliott to go up 3-2, Elliott finally submitted and Eudovic broke her and went up 3-2. Eudovic made a run on the home stretch defeating Elliott in the first set 6-2. The second set was alot more intense for Elliott but Eudovic was in her zone the entire time not being afraid to go for her shots and dominating any chance she got. The match was intense for both players but it was Eudovic who capitalized when the opportunities came and had the match in her hands. Elliott put on a fight in the last game bringing the score to deuce four times before Eudovic won the last point, game set and match. the final score was 6-2 6-3. Eudovic will be facing Iyana Paul for a chance at the championship.
In other U16s matches played Arden Rosemond defeated Petterson George in straight sets 4-2 5-3. After George's loss to Rosemond he went to on to defeat Aaron Gerald in straight sets 4-2 5-3. Latoya Murray defeated Emma Duval 4-0 4-0.
Jaelyn Henry is now the champion of the girls green ball after she defeated Amia Jn Marie in the final today 6-3. The score could not speak for the performance by both girls but Henry capitalized on the crucial points and took the championship trophy home with her. In the boys green ball semi-final Sanjay Lake defeated Aiden Rosemond 6-2 and Mathew George will be facing lake tomorrow in the final after he defeated Denney Estava 6-3.
The boys 12s were also playing for spots in the main draw today as Nathanael Charles defeated Sanjay Lake in straight sets 4-0 4-0, K-zahn Elwin also defeated Ishan Patra 4-2 4-1.
In the boys green ball Sanjay Lake will face Mathew George as he defeated Aiden Rosemond 6-2. George secured his spot for the championship after defeating Denney Estava 6-3 in the semi-final played today.
The girls 14s are also on their way to the main draw with Jessica Eudovic defeating Natasha Charles 4-0 4-0, Amara Jn Marie defeated Amelia Rosmeond 4-2 5-4 and Amelia Rosemond went on to defaeat Natasha Charles 4-1 4-1.
The tournament is getting more competitive and exciting as the best of the best are pulling away from the group phase into the main draws getting closer to the different championships as per category.
The St. Lucia Tennis Association thanks the St. Lucia Olympic Committee for their financial support in seeing this tournament to fruition. We also thank the officials, coaches, tournament team, parents and the players of-course for their ongoing commitment to this important national tournament.