GBTI Independence Golden Jubilee Open…
Heimraj Resaul defeated Keenan Persaud on Sunday to win an inaugural Boy’s Open title as action in the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) Jubilee Tourney continued on Sunday at GBTI Recreational Facility.
As both players faced off with the chance of winning their first title in this category at stake, it was Persaud who took the lead winning the first set.
It began with Resaul’s powerful serves and topspin ground strokes giving him a two points lead into the first set at 2-0, after breaking and holding serve. Serving down two games, Persaud repeated his rival’s trend by holding and breaking serve to level at 2-2.
Resaul sought to hinder Persaud’s resurgence by securing his service game to lead at 3-2. Unfortunately, there was no stopping the Persaud train, as his rallies forced Resaul to make on-forced errors, enabling him to secure four consecutive games to capture the set at 6-3.
However, with a set to claim victory, Resaul turn in a superb display on the court to dent Persaud’s hope, winning the next two sets to achieve the title.
Resaul altered his technique to take on his opponent. At advantage of 3-1, Resaul denied Persaud the opportunity to gain traction in the set by breaking service to rise to a 4-1 lead. Persaud’s visibly frustrated demeanor was the perfect storm for Resaul to use to his advantage, whisking away the two games needed to hold the set at 6-1.
At game set and match, Resaul was crowned Boy’s Open Singles champion at 3-6, 6-1, 6-1 over Persaud.
In the day’s other results; Mens’ Doubles Quarter Finals- N. Fenty/ L. Leycock defeated M. McDonald/ K. Persaud 6-1, 6-2 and K. Gobin/K. Gobin loss to B. Dalip/ K. Abrams 3-6, 6-1, 6-4. Men’s Open Doubles semifinals Leacock and Fenty defeated Resaul and Kalekyezi 6-3, 6-1 and in semifinals two A. Downes/ H.Panday thump K. Abrams/ B. Dalip 6-0, 6-0.