Jeffrey wins exciting five-setter in Toucan Industries junior squash

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KAYLA Jeffrey, the 2008 Junior Caribbean squash finalist, played some high quality squash to win a five-setter against Caribbean Under-15 champion Mary Fung-A-Fat, when the Toucan Industries-sponsored Mashramani Junior Squash tournament served off on Wednesday evening at the Georgetown Club courts.

Apart from the Jeffrey versus Fung-A-Fat fixture, there were some other high-quality encounters but it was the Category `B’ encounter between the promising duo (Jeffrey and Fung-A-Fat) that stood out.

The match started at a fast pace with Jeffrey using her superior speed and power to motor through the first game 9-3.

She continued to dominate early in the second and got out to a 5-3 lead before Fung-A-Fat found her range and cleverly broke Jeffrey’s rhythm with several drops and lobs.

This frustrated Jeffrey and put her off her fast-paced game, allowing Fung-A-Fat to take the second and the third 9-6 and 9-1 respectively.

Jeffrey came out firing in the fourth and flung herself all around the court to retrieve everything Fung-A-Fat was throwing at her moving from 0-0 to 8-0 without dropping serve and eventually tied the match by taking the fourth 9-4.

Although Fung-A-Fat never stopped fighting in the fifth, it was obvious that she was no match for her opponent’s superior power and stamina, as Jeffrey seemed to get stronger as the match went on and emphatically claimed the fifth 9-1.

In other Category `B’ results from Wednesday night, Nyron Joseph defeated Victoria Arjoon 9-7, 9-3, 9-3 and Ashley deGroot received a walkover from Ashley Khalil.

Other results from the other categories: In category `A’, Jason Ray Khalil defeated Nicholas Narain 9-7, 10-8, 9-1; Oliver Downes blew away Keisha Jeffrey 9-0, 9-0, 9-0; and Raphael deGroot beat Deje Dias 9-7, 9-0, 9-0.

In category `C’, Lee Fung-A-Fat defeated Jason Van Dyk 9-4, 9-4, 9-7 and Steven Xavier beat Ryan DaSilva 2-9, 9-7, 9-5, 9-5.

In category `D’, Kristina Cheeks defeated Ben Mekdeci 9-6, 9-8; Akeila Wiltshire defeated Patrick Fraser 9-3, 9-1 and Nicholas Narain received a walkover from Ongelle Burnett.

In Category `E’ results, Taylor Fernandes beat Alexander Cheeks 15-10, 14-17, 15-13 and Gabrielle Fraser defeated Matthew Phang 15-7, 15-10.

The tournament has attracted 36 of Guyana’s top junior players who are vying for honours in six different skill level categories, with each category being decided after five rounds of round-robin play. The tournament continues this evening at the same venue.