Burrowes, Lumley top contenders in Liguanea Open Squash
Jamaica's nO. 3-ranked player, Bruce Burrowes, and All Jamaica Under-19 boys' champion, Tahjia Lumley, are the players to beat at the 2017 Liguanea Club Open Squash Championships, which served off at the Liguanea Club in New Kingston on Monday night.
While Burrowes, who won the title in 2015, and Lumley are the most seasoned contenders in the 36 player draw, the tournament's handicap format means every athlete has a chance to win the title even if they go head to head with superior players. The level playing field makes for a highly competitive tournament where no player can take their opponent for granted.
In this vein, Burrowes left nothing to chance as he took care of business in his opening match, beating Charles Chambers 21-19, 21-17, 21-19. Similarly, Jonathan Todd beat Deanne Pryce 21-18, 21-8, 21-17; while Stewart Maxwell defeated Mark Haddad 21-17, 18-21, 21-14, 21-12.
Young Karan Chatani waged an epic battle with his fellow junior player, Tobias Levy, and eventually prevailed winning 21-15, 21-17,
22-23, 22-23, 21-17. In another marathon Andrew Levy outlasted Andrew Shim to win 21-9, 23-20, 12-21, 16-21, 21-15.
Lumley was scheduled to play last night against crafty veteran Douglas Beckford while Burrowes was set to oppose Noah Beck.
"We have a highly competitive draw for this year's Liguanea Open, and while expectations are high for both Tahjia Lumley and Bruce Burrowes, you can never confidently declare a favourite when you're dealing with a handicap format, so players who are ranked lower could break through," David Harrison, the tournament director explained.
The Squash Championships, which ends on Saturday, is the second of three tournaments in the Liguanea Club Racquet Championships Series. The Tennis Championship ran from September 13 to 16 and a table tennis championship will be held on September 23. The Series is being sponsored by Avis, Western Sports, Jambisco, and Lifespan.