BARBADIANS sweptthe three open doubles titles at the recently concluded Solo Beverages Open Badminton Championships at the Central Regional Indoor Sports Arena in Chaguanas.
After the four members of their national team had withdrawn from the singles draws, they showed their class in doubles action.
The Bajans were completely dominant in mixed doubles as both their pairs reached the title match. And with all four players attempting to capture their second crown, Dakeil Thorpe and Mariama Eastmond achieved the feat with a 22-20, 21-17 victory over Shari Watson and Andre Padmore.
Padmore and Watson had beaten Jade Joseph and Anil Seepaul 21-12,
21-11 in the semi-finals
while Eastmond and Thorpe had edged Virgi-
nia Chariandy Balwant and German Milind Ogale 11-21, 21-12, 21-15
after crushing singles champs Kerwyn Pantin and Nekeisha Blake 21-6, 21-8 in the quarter-finals.
Barbados national champ Eastmond and
Watson were in tremendous form in the doubles. After dropping just five points in their first match, they overwhelmed singles runner-up Jada Renales and two-time defending national champ Kristi Reno-Singh 21-3, 21-7 and then trounced Balwant and Stephanie Mitchell 21-12, 21-4 in the final.
The 51-year-old Bal-
want, one of the Caribbean’s leading players of the late 1970s and 80s who is now winning medals in international masters’ events, and Mitchell had beaten Joseph and Blake 21-13, 21-11 in the semis.
National champs Pantin and Keston Friday came within two points of capturing the men’s title in the second set before eventually going down 14-21, 23-21, 21-15 against Thorpe and Padmore.
The top seeds had halted Seepaul and Alistair Espinoza 13-21, 21-14, 21-12 in the semis while Padmore, who had captured a triple crown in the Barbados National Championships just before this tournament, and Thorpe were 21-14, 21-15 winners over Ogale and two-time national singles champ Rahul Rampersad.
With no Bajans involved in the over-40 division, Andre Padmore and Derek Singh came from behind to defeat Trinidad and Tobago Badminton Association president Derwin Renales and former multiple national champ Daron Dasent 19-21, 21-11,
21-13 for the title.
Eighth-time national champ Pantin defeated five-time national champ Seepaul 21-15, 12-21, 21-15 and five-time national champ Blake got past Renales’ daughter, national under-17 champ Jada, 21-16, 21-10, for the singles titles.