Naomi Osaka of Japan returns a shot against Denisa Allertova of Czech Republic during their second round Women’s Singles match on Day Four of the 2017 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on August 31, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Steven Ryan/Getty Images)
By NAN Sports Editor
News Americas, FLUSHING, NY, Fri. Sept. 1, 2017: The Caribbean should be proud as two Caribbean roots players remain in the 2017 US Open.
While Guyanese-roots Sachia Vickery lost to fellow American Sofia “Sonya” Kenin Wednesday; Barbados’ Darian King held on but lost to Germany’s Alexander “Sascha” Zverev Jr. on Monday, Aug. 28; Haitian American Victoria Duval lost to Alexandra “Allie” Kiick and Germany-born, Jamaican roots player, Dustin Brown lost to Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut Thursday, one other Caribbean roots player remains in the competition.
Japanese Naomi Osaka, who was born in Japan to a Haitian father and a Japanese mother, on Thursday emerged the winner of her match against Czech player Denisa Allertová to advance in the tourney.
Osaka is an offensive baseliner. She is able to hit winners off both sides. She likes to attack with her big forehand, but she can also plant her feet and rip her backhand for winners as well. Her serve is consistent and very strong – up to 125 miles per hour (201 km/h) and can produce weak balls to hit winners off of.
She next faces Estonia Kaia Kanepi tomorrow at the Arthur Ashe Stadium.
CPL T20 Cricket
The finale for the CPL T20 cricket tourney in the Caribbean is set for Sept. 9th but there are still several matches to go – including three this weekend – before the big clash.
Tonight, Sept. 1st, 2017, Guyana’s Warriors will take on the Jamaica Tallawahs at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica. Match time is 8 p.m.
Tomorrow, Sept. 2nd, Barbados Tridents will face the powerful Trinbago Knight Riders at Kensington Oval from 9 p.m. On Sunday, Sept. 3rd, the Tridents will face the St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots from 6 p.m. You can buy tickets for the matches here or see more on the itinerary here.
Jamaica High School Alumni Soccer Tournament
The annual Jamaica High School Alumni Soccer Tournament (JHSASN) returns this Monday, Sept. 4th to The City of Lauderhill, Florida. Since 2009, soccer and netball enthusiasts in the southeast and the Caribbean throng Lauderhill’s Sports Complex for the two-day event – known amongst “ballers” and sports enthusiasts as the areas premiere Caribbean sporting competition.
“This event has become such a cultural convening; and is another great reflection of our County’s diversity. The City of Lauderhill is proud to partner with and support this initiative,” said Howard Berger, Lauderhill Commissioner.
Each year, over 16 alumni teams vie for the coveted National Weekly Cup and $2,000 cash prizes that is used to support programs at their alma maters. “Many of the teams comprise former DaCosta and Manning Cup players and it is always fun to see them reliving their glory days,” says Lavern Deer, Tournament Organizer. “But most impressively, year after year, teams donate their winnings to their alma maters and as result, we have been able to donate $10,000USD/$1,000,000J to high school sports programs in Jamaica.”
On Monday, September 4th, (Labor Day), one tournament highlight is the JHSASN All Manning, All DaCosta (AMAD) game. The AMAD game features past schoolboy stand outs who are now over thirty-five years old, and will prove a heated competition as these past champions showcase their continued prowess and talents, as they vie for prestigious JHSASN AMAD trophy.
2017 attendees can expect a great showing from the alumni teams registered: Kingston College, Meadowbrook, Cornwall College, Manning’s, Tivoli, Calabar, Ferncourt, Bridgeport, St Mary’s College, Wolmers, Clarendon College, Herbert Morrison, STETHS, Glenmuir, Dinthill, Excelsior. Guests are encouraged to wear their school colors and represent the great educational institutions in Jamaica.