Rachel Barnes falls in quarter-finals of Caribbean Championships
Bermuda’s squash players endured differing fortunes competing in the Senior Caribbean Singles and Doubles Championships in Jamaica.
Having been handed a bye in the opening round of the women’s singles event, Rachel Barnes overcame Chloe Walcott, of Trinidad & Tobago in a hard-fought four-game encounter.
Barnes took the first 11-2, before doubling her advantage by also winning the second game 11-6. Walcott fought back to take the third game 11-8, but Barnes ultimately prevailed, winning the fourth 11-7 to wrap a 3-1 victory and progress through to the quarter-finals.
There she faced off against No 2 seed Ashley Degroot who proved too strong for Barnes. Degroot took the first set 11-2, before winning the next two 11-8, 11-6, to wrap up a straight-sets victory in 17 minutes.
In the men’s singles of the main draw, James Dodgson suffered an early defeat, going down in the first round against Kasun Abeysekera.
The Bermudian got off to an encouraging start, winning the first game 11-9 but from then on Abeysekera seized control of the match, winning the next three games, 11-7, 11-2, 11-6 to complete a 3-1 victory.
That defeat saw Dodgson enter the men’s singles consolation draw, where he received a bye through to the second round to face Zachary Loquan, of Trinidad & Tobago.
Just as he had in his previous match, Dodgson won the first game 11-9 but he could not capitalise on his advantage as Loquan rallied, taking the subsequent three games 11-4, 11-1, 11-4, to complete the turnaround and 3-1 victory.