Friends set to battle in women's final
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
The women's final at the 2012 NCB Capital Markets Open Tennis Championship will see two old friends doing battle for the winner's purse of US$1,100, after Jamaica's Tinesta Rowe outclassed her US counterpart Megan Jones 6-1, 6-0 in their semi-final encounter yesterday at Liguanea Club to set up a meeting with top seed Ffion Fletcher at 5 p.m. today.
Fletcher, who on Friday got by number four seed Khalilah Johnson 6-3, 6-4, is looking forward to playing Rowe.
"I last played her (Rowe) as a junior; back then she won in three sets," Fletcher shared. "I have since been looking forward to playing her again, so meeting her will be really nice.
"She is looking pretty good, she is looking steady; her strokes are really nice and she is looking like the player of old; it will be competitive," Fletcher said.
Rowe is also anticipating a challenging final, having not been pushed so far in the tournament.
"I will be playing a good player again; Ffion Fletcher, the number one seed, so may the better player win," Rowe said. "We are rivals, but we are friends.
"I know she is a very consistent player, she hits a lot of balls back, so I have to be ready to go out there and stay with her and out-rally her. But two Jamaicans in the final; it can't get any better than that."
Today's ultimate day of action is slated to serve off at 5 p.m. with the women's singles final. This will be followed by the men's singles final at 6:30 p.m., with the men's doubles final set to begin at 7:30 p.m., closing out the tournament.
Number two seed Darian King of Barbados came from a set down to triumph over Haiti's Olivier Sajous, 3-6, 6-3, 6-3 in a keenly contested men's semi-final match which lasted for two hours.
King will meet either top seed Tim Smyczek of the United States or defending champion and number four seed Hayden Lewis of Barbados in today's final. Both were warming up for their match at press time last night.
The eventual male winner of the championships will receive US$4,000; the runner-up will collect US$2,000, while each semi-finalist gets US$1,000. The female runner-up will pocket US$500.