COLIN RAMASRA was crowned champion for a record third time when the St Lucia Open Squash Championships concluded Saturday night.
The Trinidad and Tobago player successfully defended his crown when he defeated Vincentian Jules Snagg 11-9, 5-11, 11-6, 11-7, a week after also needing four sets to defend his title at home in the National Championships.
It was the second year in succession that Ramasra won “Nationals” and the St Lucia Open in successive weeks.
The Canada-based player, who has now won eight national titles, is the only male player in the 21-year history of the St Lucia Open to be crowned champion as many as three times.
Ramasra, who became the country’s first professional player over five years ago, is ranked 296th in the world, but was did manage to get into the top 150 about two years ago.
The 31-year-old combined with Kerrie Sample—a Briton of local roots who was crowned national champ a week and a half ago—to capture this country’s only CAC (Central America and the Caribbean) Games squash medal when they picked up silver in Colombia four years ago.
The two are expected to lead this country’s challenge in the Caribbean Area Squash Association (CASA) Championships in Barbados next month. Ramasra was the singles runner-up in this tournament twice and led the men’s team to the gold medal when T&T were also crowned overall champs in 2009 in Cayman Islands.