Phillips through to third round of JN Bank Open Tennis Championships

By Gerald Reid
Observer writer

Monday, December 17, 2018

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TOP seed Rowland “Randy” Phillips advanced to the third round of the men's singles when he easily breezed past unseeded Jason Lawson in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 as the 11th staging of the 2018 JN Bank Open Tennis Championships continued at Liguanea Club in New Kingston yesterday.

Phillips, who is playing in this tournament for the first time, said he performed pretty well despite the strong winds which affected play. He will face unseeded Nicholas Chung, who got a walk-over from Gary Hunter yesterday.

“I think my chances are very good providing I play well through the matches. I will be taking each match one game at a time,” Phillips said, before suggesting that with so many of Jamaica's top professionals participating the men's singles should be very competitive.

Damion Johnson, who is seeded at number two in the men's singles, will face 14-year-old Daniel Azar in second-round action today starting at 6:30 pm. Unseeded Azar moved into today's second round by defeating unseeded Ian Murray in straight sets 6-2, 6-2.

Johnson, who has won the men's singles four times, said he will not be taking his opponent lightly and is going all out to win.

He said: “It should be a good experience for the juniors playing against their more experienced professionals, as it would give them more opportunities to improve on their skills and their game.”

Meanwhile, Azar said he would be going out to play his best. “Johnson is a very good player and will be hard to defeat as he is a far better player than me, but I will be giving it my best shot.”

Fourth-seeded Dwayne Pagon easily made it into the third round by cruising to a 6-1, 6-2 win over unseeded Cole McNair. He should face 12th seed Orick Angus, who eliminated unseeded Johnathan Goldson in straight sets 6-2, 6-0.

Other players advancing from the men's open singles matches played yesterday were fifth-seeded Yussuf Migoko, who knocked away unseeded Ricardo Chambers in straight sets 6-0, 6-1; sixth-seeded Dimitri Bird rushed past unseeded Christopher Barrett 6-0, 6-1; and unseeded Dane Vernon breezed past unseeded Joshua Graveney 6-0, 6-1.

Meanwhile, in Class Two men's singles third-seeded Ricardo Chambers defeated unseeded Warrenton Dixon 6-4, 7-6 (9-7 tie-breaker), unseeded Simon Casserly knocked out unseeded Will Iton in three sets, 7-6 (9-7 tie-breaker), 3-6, 10-5 in the super tie-breaker set to advance to the quarter-finals.

Players through to the quarter-finals in Class Three men's singles are top-seeded Ricardo Livingston, who defeated Lancelot Leslie 6-1, 6-3; second-seeded Stuart Allen beat unseeded Leon Jamieson 7-6, 3-6 (retired from playing the super tie-breaker set); fourth-seeded Richard McNair defeated Adam Epstein 4-6, 6-4, 10-2 in the super tie-breaker set; third-seeded Alric Sproul gained a walk-over from Nelton Forsythe; Michael Lyncook gained a walk-over from Craig Lewis Mayne, and Leopold Fungsang knocked out Richard Clarke 6-1, 6-4.

Today's matches

Men's Open Singles

5:00 pm — Keyon'Dre Clarke vs Jevaughn Hewitt

Jacob Bicknell vs Leighton Burton

Christopher Whitfield vs David Goldsmith

6:30 pm — Damion Johnson vs Daniel Azar

Adam Harris vs John Chin

Roshane Allen vs Winford Bramwell

7:30 pm — Alex Goldson vs Peter Berry

Dane Vernon vs Yussuf Migoko

8:30 pm — Class Two Men's Singles

Jeffery Lecky vs Winford Bramwell

Alphanso McLean vs Marlon Hosang

Leopold Fungsang vs George Williams

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