Defending men, women’s champs
falter in Nagico Open Tennis
bug hit both the men and women’s Nagico Open Tennis Tournament defending
champions in the week long event that ended on Saturday, at the Tortola Sports
Club in Pasea.
Poole used a series of volleys and drop shots that caused Carol Matthew to make
unforced errors in her 6-3 and 6-1, upset victory. “I wasn’t surprised. I’m kind
of a natural tennis player,” said Poole who also plays Squash. “I planned my
strategy before the match and I executed it. She’s a baseline player like me, so
I did a lot of drop shots, played to her backhand and that helped me a lot. This
victory is special to me because I haven’t played for a long time,” Poole said.
“I really relish it.”
Poole was the better player on Saturday. “She played well,” Matthew said. “She
beat me, but I will definitely be back and ready for her the next time.”
On the men’s
side, Sheldon Walters overcame a 5-2 second set deficit for a 7-5 victory to
close out the match, after beating defending champion Dion Anselm 6-2 in the
opener. It was Walters’ second successive victory over Anselm.
set went pretty much according to plan, but then in the second set when I was
thinking about stepping it up, I made a few loose errors and I let it get to my
mind and it distracted me from the match,” Walters explained. “I was down 2-5
and next thing you know, I was facing a third set. But, I just took it step by
step and I pulled out the win.”
got his focus back, said he began playing every point as if it was important and
he couldn’t afford to make errors. “I stared constructing good points, got lucky
on a couple other points and next thing you know I won the match and didn’t have
to go three sets, he said.”
it was a great match. “I started playing well and then I just lost focus and he
came back and won,” said Anselm who also lost to Walters in the closed
tournament in November. “Tennis is so much of a focus game and when you start
well, you have stay on top of it. I’m not making any excuses, but, it’s all
about focus and when you lose your focus, you lose your game,” he explained.
“That is what happened to me. I had confidence in the second set and then I lost
advanced to the finals after a 6-3 and 6-0 triumph over previously unbeaten
Peter Griffins in the semis. He opened the competition with a walk over of Tony
Bramble then ousted the tournament’s oldest player Ken Adamson, 6-1 and 6-0.
Walters had an easy 6-0 and 6-0 win over Richard Reed, to get to the semis.
said he wasn’t planning on entering the BVI Open, Walters will reconsider. “My
best result there has been a runner’s up, so, I might try and do a little better
this time,” he stated.
needed three sets to beat Dean Fonseca, 4-6, 6-3 and 6-4 to win the junior
is also tournament coordinator, was happy with how things went. “We saw some
good games and saw some key players,” he said.
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