Consistent Wynter wins top crown at badminton’s Tournament of Kings


April 06, 2016
Katherine Wynter

Katherine Wynter remained consistent at the Jamaica Badminton Association's 2016 Tournament of Kings last weekend.

Wynter dismissed all opponents in straight sets, defeating Taina Daley in the quarter-finals, 21-6, 21-16, Esther Reynolds in the semi-finals, 21-13, 21-19 and Mikaylia Haldane in the finals, 21-10, 21-11, to take the crown in the Open Ladies' Singles title.

In the Open Division Men's Singles, the number-three seed, Sean Wilson, was the first major upset of the tournament, losing 16-21 and 21-23 to Craig Allison in the round of 16.

Number-one seed Che Beckford was dethroned in the quarter-finals by junior Matthew Lee, and the number-two seed, Kemar Valentine, lost in the semi-finals to Dennis Coke, seeded number four.

The action heated up as Matthew Lee cruised past Albert Myles in the semi-finals 21-6, 21-9 to secure a face-off against Dennis Coke.

Coke seemed to have the edge and was two points away from securing the game. Unnerved, Lee continued his fight back with net play and jump smashes to secure the first game at 21-19. Coke won the second game 21-16, forcing a third and final game.

The highly anticipated contest was derailed when Lee was struck by cramps and although he played on, could not seem to get back his rhythm against the unrelenting Coke, losing 21-19, 16-21, 14-21.

In the B Division, the number one and two seeds retained their supremacy. Shaquille Palmer defeated Joslyn Davis.

Palmer took the first game 21-16, but Davis replied with a win in the second, 21-14. Forced to play a third to decide the victor, the battle was close and intense, but Palmer overcame injury and his opponent to win.

A new champion was crowned in the B Ladies' Singles event. Esther Reynolds secured the win against Alana Bailey in the final, 17-21, 21-12, 21-15.

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