One of Barbados’ up-and-coming tennis prospects Matthew Foster-Estwick will be put to the test when he comes up against the experienced Seanon Williams in Saturday’s Barbados Davis Cup Invitational final.
Playing on court one in the first semifinal match at the Barbados Lawn Tennis Association (BLTA), Williams defeated fellow Davis Cup teammate and veteran Russell Moseley 6-4, 6-1 in the best of three sets showdown. Meanwhile in the second semifinal game, Foster-Estwick won 6-3, 6-3 over rival Xavier Lawrence.
Vying to secure his place in the Barbados Davis Cup team for the first time, Foster-Estwick has surely caught the attention of national selectors having done well to reach the final against Williams who has been a part of Barbados team for more than five years.
In the first set Williams comfortably won 6-4 which placed Moseley under pressure. Many expected to see Moseley fight his way back in the second set, the scores tied 1-1 early on, but Williams exhibited great tennis to capture the next five points and stamp his authority over Moseley who seemed without answer.
A much fitter looking Williams was steady as he paced himself well, utilizing the court to his advantage and delivering powerful forearm drives that proved very effective.
After the match Williams told Barbados TODAY, he enjoyed the match and was pleased with his performances during the invitational.
“Regardless of who I play, I always try to do my best, I don’t think about my opponents when it comes to my match. Yes of course I have strategies against an opponent but for the most part it’s me against myself.
“In the beginning of the match and throughout this tournament my serves were a bit shaky but I thought about it a lot in terms of moving my feet more, trying to be more mobile and it worked out in my favour,” Williams explained.
The 25-year-old said he is looking forward to tomorrow’s final against Foster-Estwick, currently in his second year at Hampton University, Virginia.
The first set between Foster-Estwick and Lawrence was highly competitive and little separated both competitors. At 4-3 there were ten deuces before Foster-Estwick eventually took the ascendancy. The start of the second set was also close before Lawrence became inconsistent with his stroke allowing Foster-Estwick to eventually capitalize and come out on top.
Foster-Estwick said after the game, “In the first set it was very tight, I had to stay close to him and play a lot of defence which I did not like. But I had to stay close to him because he was always on top of me so I had to be patient which is something that I have been working on
“I finally got the break I was looking for when I went ahead 5-3 and then I had to stay focussed, remain calm, because I tend to get excited. I paced my serves and I did it well in the end.”