Martins, Cicognini top Jamaica International Badminton Tournament
Portugal's Pedro Martins and Italy's Jeanine Cicognini won the men's and women's singles titles at the second annual Jamaica International Badminton Tournament, which ended with the finals at the National Indoor Sports Centre last Sunday.
Martins defeated the steady and purposeful play from David Obernosterer (Austria), using his strong defensive play and consistent attack to handle the hard hitting of the Austrian, to emerge with a 21-19, 21-17 scoreline.
Third went to Howard Shu (USA) and Osleni Guerrero (Cuba).
In the women's showdown, Cicognini defeated Lithuanian Akvile Stapusaityte 21-16, 22-20 in a very closely contested match.
The Lithuanian fought back in the second game, but Cicognini, using a series of crafty plays, eventually defeated her opponent. Third place awards were won by Mariana Ugalde (Mexico) and Telma Santos (Portugal).
Jamaica's Katherine Wynter/Ruth Williams combination continued their dominance and emerged as the country's top female pair by defeating Geordine Henry and Mikaylia Haldane in the women's doubles.
Wynter and Williams won the first game, lost the second game, but rebounded in the third to take the crown.
This was Jamaica's only positive result for the tournament.
The third place awards went to Jamaicans Tiana Daley/Shezelle McTyson and Christine Leyow/Esther Reynolds.
MEN'S DOUBLES CHAMPS
Belgians Matias Dierickx and Freek Golinski (Belgium) are the new men's doubles champions, after scoring a 21-19, retired margin over Alwin Francis and Kona Tarun of India.
The match lasted only one game as the Indians retired due to injury. However, in the only game of the match, they were able to match the Belgians with excellent defence and crafty shots in a very exciting game.
Austria's Obernosterer and Elizabeth Baldauf defeated Bjorn Sequin (USA) and Ugalde (Mexico) for the mixed doubles crown. Seemingly tired from the effects of the singles final, Obernosterer and his partner closed the first game easily, but struggled and lost the second. After a commanding start in the third game, the Austrians did not look back and took the championship 21-19, 28-21, 22-11.
Third place finishers were Gareth Henry/Geordine Henry (Jamaica) and Dennis Coke/Katherine Wynter (Jamaica).
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