The Voyager Open came to a close last week at the Kenneth Wriggler King Complex in Castries, but not before injecting some spectacular shot making, sprinkled with a bit of flamboyance, veteran cunning, and youthful exuberance, and a spot of psychological warfare.
The girls 10’s final saw Jae Clery hang on to her title for the second year as she beat newcomer Reya Gordon 4-1.
The boys 12’s final produced some heart thumping action as it went down to the wire. Rishon Daniel took the first set 4-1, but Caleb Khan came roaring back to take the second 4-2. Then came the third set super tie-breaker, where Khan won 10-7 to take the title.
Myah Khan and Nadjema Morrile squared off for the girls 12’s title, where Morrile proved to be the stronger of the two taking the match 6-3.
In the boys 14’s Aryan Gupta won 6-2, 6-3 over Raphael Ribot.
In the girls 14’s Netanya Faissal dominated the age group, taking the title over Navit Issac 4-1, 4-1.
Faissal, a 13-year-old St Joseph’s Convent student, also beat Talya Jimenez 6-0, 6-4 for the girls 18’s crown. Jimenez was a two-time loser, succumbing in the women’s final to Georgeen Belrose 6-1, 6-1
Right-handed power player Clent Mitchel and left-handed counter-puncher Zachary DuBoulay met for the boys 18’s honours. Mitchel’s heavy forehand helped him deliver body blow after body blow to win 6-4, 6-4.
And in the men’s final, Keiran President defeated Zy Richards 7-5, 7-6(4)
Glenton Evans beat Anselm Mathurin in the veterans final 7-6(4), 6-3 after Mathurin mounted a three game come back in the opening set against the former Saint Lucia number one.
The Faissals, Hannah and Netanya, were beaten in the women’s doubles, denying Netanya a third title. But it was a second win for Georgeen Belrose and a last a first for Taliya Jimenez, as the latter duo won 6-7(1), 6-4, 6-2.
And in the men’s doubles, Duval and Richards beat President and Marshall 6-4,6-1.