|Wilson, Knaggs score 'Vita Malt' doubles|
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KALE WILSON and Charlotte Knaggs walked away with two titles apiece over the weekend in the Vita Malt Junior Open Squash Tournament, at the Queen's Park Oval Squash Club.
Both players were never threatened, winning their titles without dropping a single set. Knaggs claimed the under-13 and 15 crowns while Wilson secured the main prize in the under-17 and 19 categories.
In a clash between former Caribbean junior champions, Wilson, the under-13 winner two years ago, trounced the 2006 under-15 champ Justin Sanguinette 9-2, 9-1, 9-1 in the under-19 final.
However, just getting to the final was an achievement for Sanguinette as he is on the comeback trail after almost giving up the game since his glory day of '06. Sanguinette came from behind to defeat No. 2 seed Ryan Ross 8-10, 9-1, 9-7, 9-6 in the semifinals, while Wilson halted top-seeded Adrian Dyer 9-4, 10-8, 9-6.
Wilson slammed Kevin Hannaway 9-5, 9-3, 9-0 in the under-17 final but the player from the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) also had something to cheer about when he crushed Mandela Patrick 9-0, 9-1, 9-0 for the under-15 title.
Patrick, who had been lucky to reach the final as he had lost the first two sets in the semis to eventual third-place finisher Barbadian Moishe Steinbok, defeated Jacob Gillezeau 9-6, 9-4, 9-2 for the under-13 title. Chad Salandy upset James Lanser 9-6, 9-5, 9-4 in the under-11 final.
Three of the five female draws were round-robin because of small fields. In the knockout events, Jessica Scott whipped Emily Bones 9-3, 9-6, 9-0 for the under-17 title and Knaggs was a 9-2, 10-8, 9-3 winner over Gylla Mackenzie in the under-13 final.
Knaggs won all four of her matches for the under-15 crown, while Barbadian Asha Gibbs, who was third in the under-17 division, finished runner-up with two victories.
Mackenzie won her two matches for the under-11 title and Amy Gillezeau played unbeaten from three matches to secure the under-19 crown. Gillezeau was not expected to drop a set but little Bones, who was the only one of the four not to win a match, took the overwhelming favourite to five sets. Scott finished second with two wins.