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Crumbie digs deep to win men’s singles title at General Accident Insurance Open

Published:Monday | March 2, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Top seed Donovan Crumbie defeated Jeremy Miller 6-4, 6-3 to capture the second staging of the 2015 General Accident Insurance Men's Class One singles title at Liguanea Club, New Kingston, on Saturday night.

"It was a tough match. Jeremy is really a good player, but my serving and volleying gave me the edge that I needed to win the match," said Crumbie said.

In the semi-final, played on Friday at the same, Miller defeated Vincent Williams 6-7 (5), 7-5, 13-11, while Miller had an easier path, defeating Matthew Rodriguez 6-4 in the first set, before his opponent retired.

"The first set was the toughest and we kept on going evenly. Then I got the break at 5-4 and managed to keep the errors to a minimum, and this enabled me to win the first set," Crumbie pointed out.

He added: "In the second set, I kept the pressure on him and that put him off a bit."

Meanwhile, the men's Class Two final was won by Gordon Chuck, who beat Rafael Romero, 7-5, 6-2.

In the semis, Chuck beat Barry Hazel 6-4, 4-6, 10-3 while Romero stopped Stephen Shirley 6-2, 7-6 (4).

"It was a tough match as my opponent was very steady. In the first set, he was actually leading, so I had to change my game plan. I had to begin attacking at the net and in the end we were both really exhausted," Chuck said.


come-from-behind win


Andrez Coy defeated Scott Jones 5-7, 7-6 (3), 7-5 to capture the men's Class Three singles title. Coy eliminated Leon Jamieson 6-3, 7-5 and Jones pulled off a 6-2, 6-2 win over Jermaine Case in semi-final action.

"I lost the first set pretty close, but won the second set in a tie-breaker. The third set was just as close because I came back from a game down to win," Coy said.

"He didn't change his game during the match and I had to adapt quickly and change mine constantly, mostly defending on his unforeseen errors," Coy added.

Meanwhile, in the Ladies 'C' final, Ffion Fletcher, who took a one-year break from competition, defeated Phadria Kepple 6-2, 6-1.

In the semi-final, Fletcher beat Imega McNab 6-3, 6-4, while Kepple defeated Brigitte Foster-Hylton 6-2, 6-2.

"It was a good match today. After taking a break, it was good to come back into the finals and get the win. I served well for both sets, which helped a lot. I was more consistent in playing points," Fletcher said.

Sharon Donaldson, managing director, General Accident Insurance, congratulated all the finalists and reaffirmed her organisation's support of youth development through sport. Other sponsors include Chung's Catering and the Liguanea Club.