Gentle whips Vincentian to clinch girls U-14 tennis title

Guyanese Afruica Gentle clinched the girls 14 and under title as action in the International Tennis Federation (ITF) Wilson Open continued on Wednesday in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

Gentle showed her class and superiority to whip Vincentian Amarlia Benn in the final 6-1, 6-1 at the Grass Roots Tennis Centre in Kingstown.

The top ranked junior player moved the second seeded Benn to all corners of the courts until she was very weary. She then applied relentless pressure on the dejected and fatigued looking Benn who could not deal with her opponent’s consistent return game.

Afruica Gentle
Afruica Gentle

In the boys 14 and under doubles main draw, the Guyanese pair of Jordan Beaton and Keshon Reece was comprehensively beaten by the St. Lucian duo of Adriel Bousquet and Jean Philippe in straight sets 6-0, 6-2.

On the distaff side of the 14 and under main doubles draw, Gentle and Jamaali Homer gained a semi-final walkover victory against the duo of Candace Cook and Anya King of Trinidad and Tobago.

The Guyanese pair will now contest the finals against the winners of the all Vincentian semi-final clashes between Amarlia and Gabrielle Benn and Anastasia White and Alexi Humphrey.

In the consolation round where the victor must win at least four sets and must prevail by a two-set advantage, Homer progressed to the girls 14 and under final after she defeated White 4-1, 4-1.

Beaton found the going tough on day three of his boys 14 and under semi-finals encounter as he was bounced from the tournament in straight sets 4-1, 4-0 by Vincentian Richard Hoyte.

Hoyte, the second ranked player will now compete against top seed Danyel Angus of Trinidad and Tobago in the finals. Angus defeated Antiguan Justin Marcano 4-0, 4-2.

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