Resaul, Persaud through to Boy’s Open final

GBTI Independence Golden Jubilee Open

Heimraj Resaul and Joshua Kalekyezi recovered to score a victory in their tough match against Albert Razick and Bobby Adelson, in the Men’s Open doubles of the Guyana Bank for Trade and Industry (GBTI) Jubilee Tournament.
Resaul/ Kalekyezi returned to win the final two sets 6-1, 6-2 after going down to their opponents 6-1 in the opening set at the GBTI Recreational Facility on Sunday. For three sets, the local pair of Resaul/Kalekyezi hammered tennis balls back and forth to their American competitors.

L-R: HeimrajResaul, Joshua Kalekyezi.
L-R: HeimrajResaul, Joshua Kalekyezi.

Resaul/Kalekyezi was no match for Razick/Adelson in set one.
The Guyanese boys’ shaky opening resulted in the pair winning a measly two games in the first set. Resaul/Kalekyezi unified all efforts to take on the task before them in the second set. Turning a setback into triumph, the boys had a break in set, placing Razick/Adelson on their toes. Resaul supported Kalekyezi on service and both youths played remarkably well, almost mirroring their rival’s first set score as they clinched the second set at 6-1. Determined not to cave, Razick/Adelson maintained their intense game play, forcing Resaul/Kalekyezi to counterattack with equal and opposite force.
The talented young men swiftly rose to a five game lead in the challenging third set, slipping only one game in favor of Razick/Adelson. Resaul/Kalekyezi advances to Round of 16 to challenge VadeanandResaul/Devine Kalekyezi.
Heimraj Resaul and Keenan Persaud reach the finals of the Boys Open Singles after respective wins over Mark McDonald and Jordan Beaton. Resaul claimed a convincing victory over McDonald 6-1, 6-2 in two sets while Persaud in a tougher encounter got past Beaton 6-4, 7-6 (8-6).
In other matches; Men’s Open Singles Quarterfinals: Anthony Downes def Mark McDonald 6-0, 6-0. Mixed Open Doubles Quarterfinals: D. Lopes/A. Dey def K.Rodney/S. Gentle 6-4, 5-1 retired. Men’s Open Doubles Round of 16: S. Bailey/O. Coggins def D. Gabriel/H. Persaud w/o,
N. Fentey/L. Leacock def R. Ramprasad/S. Lewis 6-0, 6-0. Novice Medley Singles Quarterfinals: Asif Subhan def Alvin Doris 6-3. Novice Medley Doubles Round Robin: A. Subhan/D. Gonsalves def M. Campbell/P. Hope 6-3.Ladies Open Singles Quarterfinals: Afruica Gentle def Cristy Campbell 6-1, 6-1. Ladies Open Doubles Quarterfinals: A. Gentle/C. Campbell def S. Daly/F. Bushell 7-5, 6-2.