Finals day at Access Financial AJ Junior Tennis
Eight finals are set to be completed today, as the Access Financial All Jamaica Junior Tennis Tournament comes to an end at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre on Piccadilly Road in Kingston. Play starts at 9 a.m. followed by the presentation ceremony.
Yesterday's play was exciting throughout, and the highlights were provided mainly by the Quaynor brothers, who are Jamaicans visiting from London.
One brother, the eldest Matthew, who is 16, was knocked out of the competition by Cliff Dwyer, the No. 1-seeded player, 6-3,61.
That victory led Dwyer to another Quaynor - Luke, who is 15.
In an enthralling match yesterday, Dwyer led for most of the first set and had a set point. He faltered, however, and young Quaynor fought back to win that set 7-6. He then took over the game and cruised to a comfortable 6-2 win in the second set, and a place in the final. On an adjoining court, his younger brother Louis, 13, was engaged in a battle royal with No. 3-seeded Kyle Martin, who, like Dwyer, had a strong start. Dogged backcourt play saw Quaynor holding his own against Martin in several tough rallies, and his consistency paid off. He ended up with a close 7-5, 7-5 victory, and this gave him a place in the finals, where he will meet his brother. It will therefore be Louis Quaynor versus Luke Quaynor in the boys' 18 and under final.
Another intriguing match today will be the boys' 14 and under final between the No. 1-seeded John Azar Jr and Damani Cain, the No. 2-seeded player. Azar reached the final with an easy 6-0, 6-0 victory over Cole McNair, while Cain got to the final by disposing of John's brother, Daniel, in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1. This should be a very competitive match. Daniel will, however, also be in a final, as he will meet Jordan Vaz for the 12 and under title.
In the girls' 14 and under final, an interesting match was set up yesterday, and the colourful and confident Jenna Harrison will take on Emma Dibbs. In the girls' 12 and under, there will be a round robin between Alyssa James, Selena Bird, Katherine Dibbs and Kalilla Morris for the top spot.