Chris Binnie continued to show that he’s undoubtedly Jamaica’s best player by securing his ninth national squash title at the 2019 All Jamaica Senior Squash Championships at the Liguanea Club in Kingston over the weekend.
The 30-year-old Binnie, who is the Caribbean’s number one player, defeated Bruce Burrowes in three sets 11-6, 11-4, 11-3. Binnie, who lives in Connecticut, USA, came home and secured his 9th squash title and closed in on the record of 13 titles held by the legendary Wayne Burrowes.
“It is always great to come home to play and of course as defending champion the target is on my back. But fortunately, this tournament usually falls right in the middle of my pro season so when I step out on my home court I am ready to compete and it was good to come through again,” Binnie said.
In the Ladies B Draw competition, young Savannah Thomson defeated veteran, Melissa Lue Yen and claimed top prize. Thomson, the reigning All Jamaica Under 17 Girls Champion, won 11-6, 11-5, 11-9 in a performance that was way above her age. The Men’s C Draw final was an all junior player affair with 13-year-old, Aman Dhiman and 15-year-old Dylan Vaz battling it out in a gripping five-game showcase. Dhiman prevailed 8-11, 11-8, 8-11, 11-5, 11-7 to take the title.
Robert Roper won the Men’s B draw beating Jordon Dawson 11-6, 11-3, 11-9; while Paul Monroe overcame Patrick Chin 11-9, 11-7, 11-5 and won the Over 50 competition. In the Over 40 category, Bruce Levy waged an epic struggle to register an 11-9, 11-7, 16-14 win and take down his long-time rival Joey Levy. Binnie, Burrowes, Tahjia Lumley, who was third in Men’s A Draw and Lewis Walters will represent Jamaica at the World Team Squash Championships which are scheduled for December 15-21, 2019 in Washington DC.