Top seeds secure easy passage
The three seeded players who were in action early on yesterday's second day of the NCB Capital Markets Open Tennis Championships, being staged at the Liguanea Club, all progressed easily to the second round after recording straight-set victories.
Number two seed Darian King, of Barbados, took a mere 37 minutes to see off the challenge of Dane Vernon, 6-0, 6-0, to advance to the quarter-finals and move a step closer to the top prize of US$4,000.
"I think that I have a good chance, but going deeper into the draw, the matches get tougher, so I have to get ready," the world number 480th-ranked King said.
Seventh seed Dominic Pagon, who was eliminated at the quarter-final stage last year, took just 39 minutes to book his place in the second round with a 6-0, 6-0 win over Michael Jones.
"I am just taking it one match at a time," Pagon told The Gleaner following his match. "I will play as hard as I can and fight for every single point. I am always thinking in my head I can win; no matter who I play against, I feel like I can win."
Pagon, who was a prodigy as a junior, is keen to do well, as he aims to propel Jamaica's tennis forward and help to improve the country's Davis Cup ranking.
"I want to bring Jamaica's team back up to Group Two and as far as we can go," the 24-year-old said.
"I am playing just to make sure we are still up there in the rankings and just to do better in the Davis Cup."
Brandon Burke, who is Jamaica's number one Davis Cup player and seeded at number eight in the championship, also recorded a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Orick Angus, in a match that lasted one hour.
Burke will today face Yussuf Migoko, who on Monday's opening day defeated Brandon Azar 6-0, 6-0. If Burke gets by Migoko, he is likely to next face top seed and world 130th-ranked Tim Smyczek.
"If I am able to get through my next match, I will have a highly ranked player in the next round, and I am looking forward to that challenge," Burke said.
At press time, four matches were yet to be completed, including the clash between number three seed Oliver Sajous of Haiti and Carlton Bedminster. Smyczek was also down to play Vaughn Wilson in the late game.
Today's action, which is slated to serve off at 5 p.m. will see six matches, including two female clashes, as the women start their quest for the US$1,100 on offer.