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Smith triumphs at Liguanea Open squash

Published:Wednesday | October 1, 2014 | 10:00 AM
Contributed - Ashante Smith (right) gets a handshake from Gerry Wight, chief operating officer of BCW Group Limited, after receiving the BCW Group trophy following his win in the finals of the 2014 Liguanea Club Open, which wrapped up at the weekend.The win was the first senior title for Smith, a former All Jamaica and Caribbean junior champion.

Former national and regional junior champion Ashante Smith signalled his intention to do damage at the senior level with a decisive win at the 2014 Liguanea Club Open, which wrapped up at the weekend.

The in-form teenager delivered an authoritative performance, convincingly beating his training partner, reigning All Jamaica and Caribbean Under-19 Champion Julian Morrison, to win his first senior title.

After losing the first game, Smith turned the table on Morrison and rallied to post a 21/16, 21/17, 21/7, 21/7 win. The victory put a pause on Morrison's year-long winning streak, which saw him taking the All Jamaica and Caribbean titles and contributing strongly to the UTech team's successful defence of their KPMG Squash League trophy.

In the play-off for third place, Adam Ardito prevailed in an exciting match-up to beat Yasser Wright, 21/15, 21/19, 21/16. Then in the consolation round, Nathalee Boreland earned bragging rights when she beat 12-time All Jamaica Ladies Champion Karen Anderson 21/9, 21/14, 21/15.

"Overall, we are very happy with the quality of play and the great sportsmanship we saw in this year's tournament," said Lowell Lawrence, president of the Liguanea Club.

"However, what was most significant about the 2014 Liguanea Club Open is that we saw a definitive changing of the guard as we had some of our youngest players finishing in the top four," he added.