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King, Moseley final


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Barbados’ Best overseas-based player and the local No.1 are set to clash.
Top-ranked pro Darian King has set up a Davis Cup showdown with No.1 seed Russell Moseley in today’s final of the CIBC FirstCaribbean Tennis Championships following yesterday’s 6-1, 6-4 victory over Richard Hornby at Ocean View Tennis Courts.
The routine straight sets win was just the latest show of dominance from the gifted 20-year-old, who comfortably wrapped up the one-sided semi-final in less than an hour.
At one point the contest didn’t look like it would even go past half an hour after King broke Hornby in two of his first three service games, while picking on his opponent’s rather inconsistent backhand.
Hornby didn’t do himself any favours either, handing King a game with three successive double faults after the pro player dismissed one of his first serves with a gorgeous backhand winner down the line.
Anything that was slightly short was severely greeted by King with a whistling forehand pass, none better than an inside-out winner that left an unmoved Hornby wrong-footed.
Flashing a vastly improved first serve, King was even more lethal in his own service games as the points hardly lasted more than two strokes.
Hornby did threaten to get back one of those breaks with King serving for the first set up 5-1, before the latter dug himself out of a 15-30 hole with a timely service winner and a subsequent forehand passing shot.
The 19-year-old Hornby managed to offer some resistance in the ensuing second set, converting some huge first serves to take a 1-0 lead at the start of the set.
But King came up with some huge service winners to win the ensuing game at love, before taking advantage of some more Hornby unforced errors off the backhand to break his overmatched opponent.
Hornby held serve for the rest of the set thereafter, winning the next game at love before staving off a couple break points in another service game to make the contest interesting.
However, he just couldn’t come to grips with King’s booming first serves, many of which set up easy forehand passing shots for the Davis Cup pro.
King did manage to fall behind 0-30 in one of those games, only to whip a forehand winner crosscourt before following that up with an equally impressive backhand passing shot up the line on the very next point.
In the women’s open final, Kiana Marshall stormed to an easy tournament win after blasting Donna Gibbs 6-2, 6-1.


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