Stephens, Quaynor take top honours in Access Tennis
Thirteen-year-old Michaela Stephens and 15-year-old Luke Quaynor stole the spotlight at the Access Financial All Jamaica Junior Tennis Tournament at the Eric Bell Tennis Centre last Saturday, as the curtain came down on a week of fine tennis.
Stephens was crowned champion in both the girls' 16 and under and the girls' 18 and under singles. Quaynor won the boys '18 and under title.
Stephens claimed the 16 and under title with a good victory over Jenna Harrison, 6-2, 6-3, and then fought off a stiff challenge from Selena Blythe in the 18 and under to take that title 6-3, 7-5.
In this match, after losing the first set, Blythe fought back gallantly in the second set to lead 5-1. The dogged Stephens played decisively, however, to take the set 7-5.
Quaynor, who was born in Jamaica but now lives in London, met his 13-year-old brother Louis in the final and easily won the first set 6-2. Louis refused to go away, however, and took the second set 6-4 by playing aggressive tennis. In a hard-fought third set, Luke prevailed 6-2 by lifting his game appreciably.
In the boys' 14 and under, Damani Cain defeated John Azar Jr in what was the hardest-fought match in the tournament.
Jenna Harrison defeated Emma Dibbs 6-1, 6-2 in the finals of the girls' 14 and under and Selena Bird defeated Alyssa James 6-0, 6-1 to win the girls' 12 and under round-robin event. Daniel Azar came out the victor in the boys' 12 and under by defeating Jordan Vaz 6-3, 6-2.