Gabrielle Benn, the only female player from St. Vincent and the Grenadines not to lose her game in opening day action on the court. Here she is seen in action against Sofia Lucafo of Brazil (photo: Robertson S. Henry)

VILLA, ST. VINCENT AND THW GRENADINES; TUESDAY OCTOBER 29, 2018 – Thirty-two matches marked the first day of action in the inaugural SVG Cup, being played at the National tennis Centre, at Villa.

Not all the eight top-seeded male players advanced to the next round of matches, with one upset on the first day of action, in the Boys’ Singles Main Draw. Mathew Krusling of the USA caused the only upset on the opening when he defeated the number seven seed Kyle Griffith of Barbados, 7-5 6-2.

The number one seed male player Luka Petrovic of Great Britain stopped 6-0 6-2, while the number two seed John Chin of Jamaica made light work of Tyler Baptiste of Barbados 6-0 6-0.

One of the top male players in action on the opening day (photo: Robertson S. Henry)

Romani Myers of Barbados the number three seeded male player, defeated O. Smarty of the USA in a tough encounter, 7-6 (3) 6-1.

Lecorre De Souza of Canada the number four seed stopped Griffin Daehnke of the USA 6-2 6-2; number five seed Stephen Slocombe of Barbados defeated Aman Sharma of the USA 6-2 6-3; with number six seed K. Marshall of Barbados stopping Edduys Bernal of Cuba 6-1 6-0, and Oscar Lacides of Guadeloupe the number eight seed, defeated Ward Trottman of Barbados 6-4 6-2.

From host country St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Richard Hoyte lost to Freddie Ridout 3-6 1-6.

In the Girls Singles Main Draw, all of the host country’s representatives lost their matches, except for Gabrielle Benn. Benn defeated Sofia Lucafo of Brazil 6-2 6-2.

In the players from St. Vincent and the Grenadines who lost their matches were Anastasia White who lost to Kumar Pragnya of the USA 4-6 3-6, Myka Williams lost 4-6 3-6, Ariel Ryan was defeated by Aleia De Buretel of the USA 6-0 6-0, Cristine Veira lost to Kimberly Sabga of Trinidad and Tobago 6-1 6-1, Alexia Humphrey lost to Sanaa Hewitt of Barbados 6-3 6-2, and Nikalette Hadaway was defeated by Emma Van Poppel 6-0 6-1.

One of the leading female players in action on the opening day (photo: Robertson S. Henry)

The number one seeded female player Daniella Benabraham, number two seed Katherine Teng of the USA, number three seed Gabrielle Leslie of Barbados, number four seed Hannah Chambers of Barbados, number five seed Adele Marie Fernandez Lecaroz of Puerto Rico, number six seed Chloe Weekes of Barbados, Camila Luri Iturbi of Spain, and the number eight seed Armarlia Benn of St. Vincent and the Grenadines – twin sister of Gabrielle Benn, all received byes to the second round of matches.

There are players from about eighteen countries contesting the tournament, which is scheduled to end on Saturday November 03, 2018.

Tuesday October 30, will see completion of the first round of action in the Boys and Girls Singles Main Draw respectively, and the start of the Boys and Girls doubles.