The action heated up Thursday night as the Barbados Badminton Association Senior National Championships continued at the Shuttlers Badminton Club Hall, Ealing Grove, Christ Church.
First on the court was men’s singles play where defending champion Cory Fanus came up against Andre Padmore. Fanus had a very slow start to the game and was down at the eleven-point break. After that Fanus picked up his game and rallied to a 21-18 win.
In the second game Padmore’s shots seemed to have failed him and Fanus wasted no time in capitalizing to win the second game 21-9. Fanus moves on to the semifinals where he is set to play Damien Howell who defeated Kodie King in straight sets 21-17, 21-11.
Men’s single action continued in a matchup between Kevin Wood and Dakeil Thorpe. Thorpe comfortably took the first set 21-5 and looked set for the semi-finals. Wood, however, was having none of it and won the second set 21-18 by trading shot for shot and forcing a third and deciding set.
In the third game Wood had the upper hand and controlled most of the rallies and it was no surprise that he got to eleven first. After the break the players were trading points all the way to 20-19 when Thorpe made the unforced error and gave Wood the game 21-19.
Wood moves on to the semifinals where he is set to meet top junior player Shae Martin who had an easy win over Ryan Holder 21-8, 21-18.
In other games Tamisha Williams pushed aside Donna Young 21-4, 21-3 to move into the semifinals where she is to meet Sabrina Scott. Monyata Riviera defeated Cheyanna Burnett 21-4, 21-13 while Krystal Clarke outplayed Sandra Fitzpatrick 21-7, 21-10.
Riviera and Clarke’s wins secured their spots in the semifinals where they are set to face off. In mixed doubles the new pairing of Shae Martin and Sabrina Scott got the better of Andre Padmore and Shari Hope.
Junior players Kodie King and Cheyanna Burnett kept their cool to beat Andrew Clarke and Anne-Marie Goddard.
Games continued Friday night with the semifinals action played at 6 p.m.