Local squash queen Karen Meakins has made it through to the Over-35 Women’s Semi-finals of the World Squash Federation’s World Masters Squash Championships being played in Birmingham, England.
Yesterday, after being seeded at No. 3/4 and receiving a first round bye, Meakins eased into the quarter-finals with a straight forward 11-7, 11-2, 11-8 victory over Stefanie Leiber of Germany.
Today, on her 40th birthday, Meakins had a much tougher assignment against the dangerous Alexa Prior, a No. 5/8 seed from England.
After the game, a beaming Meakins stated: “I played well (but) I started nervously in the first game and went 2-9 down. From there I just played steadily and managed to get back to 9-all, but then she went 10-9 up and had a game ball, but I levelled it again at ten-all.
“She had another two game balls (at 11-10 and 12-11) but I kept playing steady squash and managed to win the last three rallies and close it out at 14-12. After winning that game, I felt a lot more confident and took the next two games fairly comfortably to win it 14-12, 11-6, 11-2. So all in all, a solid performance and a nice 40th birthday present for me.”
Meakins plays the top seed and defending champion from 2010 German Sabine Schoene, tomorrow.
Also in the Barbadian contingent are Nigel Griffith and Mark Sealy, and they enjoyed themselves in the over-50 age group.
Griffith, the 2003 Caribbean over-40 champion, beat Stephen Edmondson of England 6-11, 11-9, 8-11, 12-10, 11-9 and saved three match balls in the fourth game in an incredible match. He then lost in the second round in five games to Armin Schmelz of Germany 11-9, 4-11, 7-11, 11-9, 5-11 and got knocked into the plate.
Sealy beat Rene Schyns of Belgium 11-0, 11-2, 11-9 in the first round and then dispatched Hans-Jurgen Sclenk of Germany 11-4, 11-2, 11-2 in 20.
Sealy, who is the reigning Caribbean over-40 champion, then beat the No. 9/16 seed Bruce Kaiser of South Africa 11-6, 11-3, 11-9 in another clinical display before he ran into the No. 2 seed from South Africa, Trevor Wilkinson, and lost 7-11, 3-11, 12-14.