The die has been cast.
Barbados’ number two ranked player Haydn Lewis will contest the Barbados Lawn Tennis Association’s Top Eight Invitational tournament final tomorrow against Adam Hornby at the National Tennis Center.
The five-day tournament featured members of the Barbados Davis Cup team, top juniors and overseas-based college players who are all trying to impress national selectors for a chance to make the final cut for the Davis Cup team.
In the first semi-final match played on court one this morning around 10:30 a.m. Hornby, a student of Dalton State University, continued his unbeaten performance in the tournament when he slammed Matthew Hutchinson in convincing fashion 6-1, 6-3 in the best of three sets. Hutchinson, a university student at Southern Illinois just could not match up to Hornby who looked focused from the inception and finished top of group one.
The 20-year-old Hutchinson had problems returning the left-hander’s serves and made too many errors, especially with the drop shots at the nets and then when he went hard and flat the strong winds offered him no favours. Hornby on the other hand was patient, waited for his opening and pounced on his chances despite the wind being a major factor. When the six-footer got it right there was nothing Hutchinson could have done to stop him.
The second semi-final featured Lewis, one out of three Barbadian Davis Cup players who made it this far in the competition after teammates Russell Moseley lost to Adam Hornby 6-2, 6-2 and Seanon Williams handed Matthew Hutchinson the game by default 4-1 in their respective quarter-final matches which were played yesterday.
Lewis took to the court just after noon today to face Richard Hornby the brother of Adam who earlier secured his place with the hope that his sibling would join him but that was not meant to be.
It was 2-1 to Lewis when Hornby tied the scores 2-2 and took the lead but Barbados’ most successful player at one point came from behind and won 6-3 over the six-foot two-inch West Florida University student who played well and had good reach but showed his frustration when he hit into the wind. It was a case of Hornby playing the ball in one direction and the wind sending it the opposite way – sometimes off court.
In the second set Lewis looked good at 3-0 but Hornby managed to pull one back and from there on he took the momentum from the 29-year-old and went ahead 5-4 but as the saying goes experience does count and Lewis levelled at 5-5 and went ahead 6-5 but Hornby played well to force the tie-breaker at 6-6. Lewis was cool as a cucumber and took the tiebreaker 7-1 and the game 7-6 over his man.
Action in the final as well as third place playoff between Richard Hornby and Hutchinson will get started around 10:30 a.m. at the Tennis Center.