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DeShields and D’estrella claim Under-18 titles

Jordan DeShields and Jessica D’estrella showcased their skills to win the Under-18 boys and girls singles titles at the Victor Flood Badminton Tournament at the weekend.

The competition saw players islandwide face off against each other for bragging rights of being the best in Bermuda.

Adam Smith won the Under-14 boys, while Yasmin DeGraff won the Under-14 girls.

Girls and boys singles and doubles events were staged at both U-14 and U-18 age groups, with strong entrants from the Berkeley Institute at U18 level and Warwick Academy in the U14s.

The Under-18 boys singles saw favourite DeShields breezing his way through the round-robin rounds to take a place in the semi-finals along with Andre Durham, Kyle Webb and Marquedelle Rodriguez.

Both Webb and DeShields defeated their opponents in straight sets setting up the final where Webb fought hard, but eventually the superior technique of DeShields told as he took the title 15-10,15-12.

The Under-18 girls singles newcomer Jessica D’estrella showed good athleticism in winning the final 10-15,15-7,15-8 over Jamila Eve-Cann, and would back up his title up with the doubles title last that night.

The Under-14 boys singles had fierce early competition in the round-robin stages, with Adam Smith, Gianluca Gugliemucci, Joshua Thorne and Aidan Thorne all progressing to the semi-finals.

Smith proved too strong for Joshua Thorne, while Aiden Thorne beat Gugliemucci setting up the final.

In a hard fought match, it was Smith prevailing in three sets to take the title 15-9,12-15,15-7.

The girls events were not so well attended this year and the eventual winners in the U-14 Girls category was Yasmin DeGraff.

In doubles Jessica D’Estrella and Jamilla Eve-Cann teamed up to take the Under-18 girls title, while in the Under-14 boys doubles the strength of Smith and Aidan Thorne proved too much for Joshua Thorne and Gugliemucci as they took the title 11-15,15-4,15-7.

The Under-18 boys doubles finals was hotly contested between DeShields and his partner Marcus O’Leary playing Webb and Dominique Hill.

In what was a nail biting finale that had the crowd enthralled, it was Webb and Hill just edging out DeShields and Marcus 15-13, 19-17 to take the title.

The tournament continues with the senior events today at 7pm at the BAA gymnasium on Woodlands Road.

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Published March 27, 2012 at 2:00 am (Updated March 27, 2012 at 9:32 am)

DeShields and D’estrella claim Under-18 titles

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