Heading into the final day of the PWC Cayman Open there were a number of surprising results.
None was more shocking than local pro Eduardo Torres losing, albeit in heroic fashion, to visiting pro Valerij Gejsman in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 on Thursday.
The match was one of two men’s singles semi-finals on the night.
Torres showed a solid return and good footwork but mistakes with his back-hand and issues with his serve would seal his fate.
Meanwhile Gejsman would face similar issues though his powerful serve and shot placement would make a great difference.
Torres would not be the only recognizable local face to go down. Cayman Islands Tennis Club Manager Rob Seward (who is no slouch with a racket) also lost in straight sets.
Juan Rios from Puerto Rico would win 6-2, 6-2 with a good return game and solid serves.
Seward would get redemption on the night in advancing to the men’s doubles finals.
Seward, alongside partner Adam Bayley, would take down renown local pro Nigel Mitten and Richard Harrison in the semi-finals.
The match was a tight affair, going to three sets. Each set would see great teamwork, strikes and athleticism as each side was focused on the win.
In the end though, Seward and Bayley would prevail 6-3, 3-6, 7-6.
In the finals they would face the team of Uli Hoppe and Valerij Gejsman. That duo would work together for a resounding win over Eduardo Torres and Thomas Neuert.
The final score would read 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
Over on the women’s side there would be a number of semi-finals.
In the doubles event Rachel Rivers and Vilma Matienzo would combine to take down Sheila Mackenzie and Sarah Fletcher in clinical fashion 6-0, 6-0.
Meanwhile Carrol Reid and Patricia Calder held their own in defeating Sian Harrison and Adi House in straight sets 6-4, 6-1.
Of course the older age groups would not be left out with a plethora of critical matches.
In the Men’s 40 singles semi-finals Paolo Polloni defeated Marco Callergari 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 while Maddallosso Roberto took down Allen Bernardo 6-0, 6-1.
In the Men’s 40 doubles semi-finals Paolo Polloni continued his good form as he teamed up with Carlozuin to defeat Allen Bernardo and Gilles Aubert 6-3, 6-7, 6-2.
Meanwhile Marco Callergari would get some redemption as he partnered with Maddallosso Roberto to defeat Brian Wight and Chuck Thompson 3-6, 7-6, 6-4.
One of the first finals in the competition would see Peter O’Leary claim the Men’s 55 Singles crown by defeating Gilles Aubert 6-2, 6-1 in the finals.
Two of the most interesting matches came in the Mixed Doubles semi-finals.
Juan Rios and Vilma Matienzo beat Lynda Reid and Lindner 6-0, 6-2 while Adam Bayley and Adi House beat Eduardo Torres and his partner 6-2, 6-4.