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Wynter, Haldane in doubles final

Published:Sunday | March 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman
Katherine Wynter (left) and Mikaylia Haldane in action during yesterday's women's doubles semi-final at the Jamaica International Badminton Tournament.

When the curtain comes down on the third Jamaica International Badminton Tournament today, local players could challenge for top prizes in at least two doubles finals.

The finals will begin at 5 p.m. at the National Indoor Sports Centre.

The confident pair of Mikaylia Haldane and Katherine Wynter eased past their counterparts, Taina Dailey and Shezelle McTyson, 21-11 and 21-8 to emerge the first local finalists.

"The semi-final wasn't difficult but tomorrow we will give everything on the court and try our best to ensure that the crowd gets a good match," Wynter said yesterday.

They will play the women's doubles final against Leanne Choo (Australia) and Rachel Honderich (Canada).

Yesterday, the men's doubles pair of Gareth Henry and Garron Palmer squandered a five-point lead in the final set and went down to the top seeded Slovakian pair of Milan Dratva and Matej Hlinican. The Slovaks won 21-19, 16-21, 28-26.

Jamaica's experienced pair of Bradley Graham and Albert Myles also lost 21-12 and 21-17 to India's Venkatesh Prasad and Jagadish Yadav. They will play the top-seeded Slovaks in the final.

In women's action, Leanne Choo of Australia and top-ranked Rachel Honderich of Canada booked their place in the final, outclassing Jamaica's pair of Alana Bailey and Geordine Henry 21-5, 21-6.

In women's singles, top-seed Canadian Rachel Honderich booked her place in the final after an easy 21-2, 21-3 victory over Jamaica's Taina Daley.