Binnie, Mullings retain All Jamaica Squash titles
Defending champions Alyssa Mullings and Chris Binnie swiftly took care of business to retain their titles at the All Jamaica Senior Squash Championships, which wrapped up at the Liguanea Club in Kingston over the weekend.
Rising star Mullings proved that her breakthrough win last year at 14 was no joke by following it up with a repeat victory. The squash starlet upset the applecart in 2013 when she won her first senior title while still competing in the Under-15 category.
This year Mulling struck again beating the more experienced Tracy Binnie 11/6, 9/11, 11/2, 11/8 to successfully defend her title.
Reflecting on the victory, the teenager is already focused on her next big tournament, which is the Caribbean Championships later this month in Bermuda.
"I am very happy to have won my second All Jamaica Senior title," Mullings said. "And I really hope to continue playing well going into the Caribbean Championships."
For men's champion Binnie, the victory meant his fifth title overall and the continuation of a winning streak which has left him unbeaten at the championships for the last four years. He scored 11/8, 11/3, 11/6 to wear down four-time runner-up Bruce Burrowes for yet another year.
However, the number one ranked Jamaican and Caribbean male said this victory was particularly sweet as it signaled his return from a long lay-off following surgery and recovery.
"I took nothing for granted coming into these National Champs because I've been off the court for almost nine months after having surgery last year and spending all of this year rehabbing," Binnie explained.
"It really felt good to be back on the court playing and I am very happy that I was able to defend my title," he added.
Also in the women's competition, Under-19 girls' champion Mary Mahfood beat 2012 All Jamaica Women's champion Lauren Mahfood 12/10, 11/7, 9/11, 11/9 for third place.
Similarly, in the men's competition, Under-19 Caribbean boys' champion Ashante Smith beat former men's champion Dane Schwier 11/5, 11/9, 11/13, 11/9, 11/9 to take third place.