Chin stays positive despite defeat to American Boyer
SANTIAGO, Chile — National tennis player John Chin says despite losing, he takes several positives from his match against American Tristan Boyer at the Pan American Games on Monday.
The match, which was played on clay, ended 3-6,0-6, and although Boyer had a comfortable win in the end, Chin made the match closer than the score suggests. He started slowly but began to gain momentum, coming to game point on a number of occasions before seeing Boyer overturn them to take the game and the sets.
“He’s a clutch player,” Chin told the Jamaica Observer after the game. “Whenever I was up in games, especially on his serve, he would change it up a little bit, hit a very good serve. Sometimes he’d ace me or get me on the back foot but in terms of my serve, it’s in my control.
“I just didn’t put in enough first serves today. It’s something I’ve been working on and will continue to work on because it’s definitely a weak point in my game right now — the first serve percentages, which put a lot of pressure on my second serve.”
Chin says he did well against who he says is one of the fastest-rising players in the world.
“He’s a very good player,” he said. “There’s a lot to learn from the match; I felt like I was in it, going toe-to-toe with him. There were just a few things that he did better than me because, obviously, he’s a full professional and I’m still in university, but I just know that he’s a bit more disciplined than me in his game right now and it’s something I need to work on — more discipline in practices and in training. But I know that I’m there and competitive with some of the best players in the world so I won’t let this loss discourage me. I’ll just keep on working to win matches like these.”
Chin’s Coach Melvin Spence was also upbeat after the match.
“John played pretty well, I thought,” he said. “Tristan Boyer had a meteoric rise in the last year; he’s gone from 1200 in the world all the way up to 288 so he’s playing with lots of confidence.
“In college they play on hard courts, and adjusting to the clay was a little bit difficult for him but he did well; he will learn from this. We’re going to go back and look at some tapes and assess what happened exactly.”
Chin’s campaign has now ended but his teammates Blaise Bicknell and Rowland “Randy” Phillips are in singles action on Tuesday. Bicknell faces Paraguay’s Martin Vergara before Phillips takes on Nicolas Mejia Tenorio of Colombia. They will also team up for the men’s doubles category later in the campaign.
Diver Yona Knight-Wisdom kept his hopes of medalling at the games alive, advancing to the final of the men’s 3m springboard event. He was seventh overall in the preliminary round, scoring 385.85. His national teammate Yohan Eskrick-Parkinson missed the final, finishing 14th with 330.35 points.
The duo of Katherine Wynter and Tahlia Richardson lost to Mexico’s Mariel Fregoso Guevara and Miriam Rodriguez Perez in straight sets, however with scores of 21-19, and 21-16 the Jamaicans kept the game close throughout.
Gymnast Caleb Faulk’s campaign also came to a close as he was 19th in the men’s all-around final.
In swimming Sabrina Lyn won her heat in the women’s 100m freestyle, clocking 57.99 seconds which was ahead of Uruguay’s Luna Maria Chabat (58.16s), and Honduras’s Julimar Avila (58.56s). Barbados’s Zaylie Thompson was fifth in 59.34s.
Sidrell Williams finished eighth in the men’s equivalent in 52.74s.
His teammate Kito Williams won his men’s 200m breaststroke heat in 2:27.44 minutes, ahead of Bermuda’s Sam Williamson (2:28.54) and El Salvador’s Nector Segovia (2:49.77).
Leanna Wainright was second in the women’s 100m backstroke heats, clocking 1:06.20 behind Independent Athlete Team’s Melissa Diego Pierri (1:04.40). Chile’s Martina Röper Joo was third in 1:07.94.
Jamaica’s mixed 4x100m medley relay team of Lyn, Sidrell Williams, Kito Williams, and Wainright was sixth in their heat, clocking 4:14.45.