Squash players compete at Pan Am champs

A small but spirited team represented the Cayman Islands at the 2017 Pan American Squash Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 3-6 September and though they did not return home with any hardware, they qualified for the 2018 Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games.

Cayman’s top performer at the Tortugas Country Club was professional Cameron Stafford, who made it to the third round of the men’s singles.

Receiving a bye in the opening round, 2017 Cayman Islands champion defeated Colombia’s Edgar Ramirez 11-4, 11-6, 7-11, 11-2 in the second round to advance to the round of 16. Up next was a match-up with world number 64 Alfredo Avila of Mexico, who proved too much for Stafford. The Mexican won 11-6, 11-6, 7-11, 11-8.

Jacob Kelly also received a bye in the first round and met world number 122 Faraz Khan of the United States in the second round. Khan won 11-9, 11-7, 11-5.

Christian Dube was defeated by the Dominican Republic’s Ricardo Delgado 11-5, 11-7, 11-4.

In women’s singles, Cayman’ lone representative – Eilidh Bridgeman – ran into a tough opponent in the opening round in the form of Mexico’s Diana Gasca, who won 11-5, 11-7, 11-3.

Bridgeman returned to the court for mixed doubles, where she was paired with Stafford. They lost a tough match to Argentina’s Winnifer Bonilla and Mauricio Sedano 11-10, 11-8.

In men’s doubles, Alexander Fraser and Jacob Kelly fell in their opening match to Christopher Hanson and Faraz Khan of the United States 11-8, 11-7.

An overall finish of eight by the men and seventh among women secured a berth in the CAC Games in Barranquilla, Columbia next August. Meantime, Cayman’s top squash players will face international competition at home when they host the 2018 Pan American Squash Championships in September.


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