Hazel, Allen win big at Liguanea Club Championships
Experience triumphed over youth as veteran, Barry Hazel beat defending champion, Ricardo Chambers to win the Liguanea Club Amateur Tennis Championships at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston on Saturday.
The match appeared to be going in Chambers' favour when he won the first two games in the first set. However Hazel then went into overdrive and Chambers would only manage to win two more games as Hazel stormed to victory. The veteran schooled the youngster, showing off the range of his skills as he posted a 6 - 3, 6 - 1 victory to win the Class Two Championship.
"Ricardo played aggressively throughout tournament but I knew that once he faced my weapons it wouldn't be so easy for him to get ahead of me so I decided not to match him shot for shot but to find my rhythm, get into a steady grove and just play my shots," Hazel said.
In Class Three, surprise finalist Stuart Allen defeated seasoned campaigner, Richard McNair to win his first championship title. The spirited youngster caused a stir when he eliminated top seed, Ricardo Livingston in the quarter finals. McNair, had his moments, but Allen, who was inspired by the earlier upset, prevailed 6 - 4, 6 - 3.
"The feeling is unbelievable. It was a surprise that I made it this far and I am very happy to have won. It was not an easy match, the first set was very close so I made sure to try to build up a lead in the second set and I was able to hold it right through to the end."