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Henry beaten in round of 16 at Pan Am

Published:Sunday | July 12, 2015 | 6:34 PM

Team Jamaica did not progress past the round of 16 in the Pan Am Games on Saturday in the singles events.

Gareth Henry, who received a bye into the round of 16, drew No. 1 from Canada Andrew D'Souza, and initially seemed ready for the challenge. In the first game, Henry raced ahead to a 6-2 lead and kept the momentum going to an easy first-game win at 21-16. The tables turned in the second game, with D'Souza taking the lead at 9-3, but despite Henry's hard-fought return to 14-14, he was unable to keep pace with D'Souza, who levelled the match to 1-1, taking it to a third-set decider. D'Souza surged to an early lead in the third set, which he maintained to secure the game and the match at 21-11.

In the other singles matches of the day, Dayvon Reid from Jamaica was no match for No. 3 seed of the tournament, Kevin Cordon (Guatemala), and lost in straight sets 21-12 and 21-14, while Jamaica's ladies, Ruth Williams and Katherine Wynter, were also ousted in the round of 16. Williams lost in straight-sets to Chile's Tingting Chou 21-16, 21-8, while Wynter had a similar straight-set loss to Mexico's Mariana Ugalde 21-14, 21-12.

Jamaica redeemed themselves in both mixed doubles matches played yesterday. Reid, paired with Williams, made easy work of the Venezuelan pair of Sanchez and Ortiz, with a final score of 21-14, 21-14. And Henry and Wynter had a slightly tougher time disposing of their opponents from Ecuador, Zambrano, and Zambrano with a final score of 23-21, 21-19.