A single local player advanced past the final qualifying stage of the BTMI Barbados Open, PSA M5 tournament as Rhett Cumberbatch overcame brother Khamal to seal his place in the main draw on home soil.
Rhett had the better of the opening two games as he powered into the lead and, despite conceding the third game, held out to wrap up an 11-7, 13-11, 7-11, 11-7 victory which will see him take on Jamaica’s Julian Morrison in the opening round of the main draw.
“It was tough, but I think that we both played well,” said Rhett.
“I feel that I played well throughout the match and remained focused until the end. I’m excited and glad to be going through to the next round.”
Josiah Griffith was another of the local players in action in the final round of qualifying, but he fell to England’s Laurence Green in a narrow 3-1 defeat.
Green, the top qualifying seed, went two games ahead before Griffith clawed the third back courtesy of a tie-break. Green soon found himself back on top though and dropped just two points in the third game to a main draw meeting with Spencer Lovejoy of the United States.
Elsewhere, second qualifying sed Jules Snagg and Richard Chin earned their places in the main draw after they defeated Mark Sealy and Calvin McCafferty, respectively, with Chin and McCafferty’s encounter seeing an incredible 21-19 scoreline in game two.
Snagg’s reward is an encounter with the main draw’s number two seed Cameron Stafford, while Chin is set to line up against Bermuda’s Micah Franklin.
“I felt in control and tried to get accustomed to the court,” Snagg said.
“I felt like I played well, hit my marks and had my opponent under pressure. I’m very confident, I’ve been training for the last six months and I’m looking forward to great things.
Results – Final Qualifying Round: BTMI Barbados Open 2016
[L] Richard Chin (USA) bt Calvin McCafferty (USA) 3-1: 11-4, 21-19, 6-11, 11-9
 Jules Snagg (VIN) bt [L] Mark Sealy (BAR) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 11-3
[L] Rhett Cumberbatch (BAR) bt [L] Khamal Cumberbatch (BAR) 3-1: 11-7, 13-11, 7-11, 11-7
 Laurence Green (ENG) bt [L] Josiah Griffith (BAR) 3-1: 11-4, 13-11, 11-13, 11-2
Main Draw – First Round
 Joe Chapman (IVB) v [Q] Laurence Green (ENG)
[Q] Rhett Cumberbatch (BAR) v  Julian Tomlinson (JAM)
 Antonio de la Torre (GUA) v [WC] Shawn Simpson (BAR)
[Q] Richard Chin (USA) v  Micah Franklin (BER)
 Joe Green (ENG) v Spencer Lovejoy (USA)
David Cromwell (USA) v  Lewis Doughty (ENG)
 Fernando Magdaleno (MEX) v Le Roy Leong (MAS)
[Q] Jules Snagg (VIN) v  Cameron Stafford (CAY)