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Jaden Jones and Samantha Morgan savour success at BLTA Holiday Bash

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Samantha Morgan won the girls under-12 title (Photograph supplied)
Jaden Jones won the boys under-12 title (Photograph supplied)
Jadon Spriggs (Photograph supplied)
Tobiah Goodchild (Photograph supplied)
Zach McGuire, left, and Tristan Pettit (Photograph supplied)
Samantha Morgan (Photograph supplied)

Jaden Jones and Samantha Morgan basked in glory after winning their respective age groups at the Bermuda Lawn Tennis Association Holiday Bash.

Jones encountered little resistance on the way to a convincing 6-0, 6-0 victory over Charlie Szakmari in the boys under-12 final on yet another wet and windy day at the WER Joell Tennis Stadium.

“It was a little windy but you just have to deal with it,” Jones said. “I feel that I played well. I stuck to the steps I know how to do and it worked out really well.”

The victory capped off a good year for the promising player.

“I think it has been a good learning year for me being able to play different players and going overseas to play tournaments as well on different levels,” Jones added.

In contrast, Morgan endured a tougher outing on the way to a 6-4, 6-3 success over tournament favourite Nyla Samuels in the girls under-12 final.

“I really enjoyed the tournament and look forward to the next one,” Morgan said.

Ernest Bell and Will Britten won their respective boys consolation finals.

Bell prevailed 10-4 over Jithom Liew in the boys under-12 consolation final while Britten got past Liew’s sibling, JitShien, 10-7 in the boys under-14 consolation final.

Devi Samuels beat Chloe McBrearty 10-6 in the girls under-12 consolation final that was played last Sunday before rain brought proceedings to a grinding halt.

Meanwhile, advancing to the boys under-14 final yesterday were Zach McGuire and Tobiah Goodchild.

McGuire beat Tristan Pettit 6-3, 6-0 in the first semi-final while Goodchild got past Jadon Spriggs 6-0, 6-0 in the other.

Poor weather has taken its toll on the AXA XL-sponsored event with the start having been delayed from last Saturday to Sunday as a result of strong gales.

“We are happy that we were able to get the matches as scheduled today,” Sophie Campeau, one of the tournament committee members, said. “The weather looked uncertain but we managed to get all the games done.”

Despite of the challenging conditions and other factors, Campeau said the players have performed admirably.

“The players did a good job coming and playing even though I think their they’re kind of tired from just the week; that is wrapping up with school and all the Christmas holiday events that are coming on,” she added. “So I was very pleased to see they all came with their match hat on and ready to compete.”

The tournament concludes today with the boys under-14 and under-16 finals and boys under-16 consolation final.

McGuire is on course for an impressive double as he will face Goodchild in the boys under-14 final and Sebastian Pukk for the boys under-16 title.

Pettit will meet the winner of the semi-final between Cyre Trott and Spriggs in the boys under-16 consolation final.

“We expect high quality matches with Zach McGuire trying to win two divisions,” Campeau said. “We are looking forward to seeing their talent on the court and their will to win.”

McGuire beat Spriggs 6-1, 6-0 in the boys under-16 semi-final on Wednesday in one of the matches that were halted on Sunday due to rain.

Pukk prevailed 6-2, 6-5 over Pettit in the first semi-final played last Sunday.

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Published December 16, 2022 at 8:36 pm (Updated December 16, 2022 at 8:36 pm)

Jaden Jones and Samantha Morgan savour success at BLTA Holiday Bash

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