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From the catwalk to the Coverley court.

This year’s Banks Calendar Girl finalist, Cherene Ward will be strutting her stuff with racquet in hand on the road tennis stage, today.

A fortnight ago, the multi-talented Ward dazzled fans at the Oistins Bay Gardens with her shape, style and symmetry during her appearances in the preliminaries to secure a place among the eight finalists in the personality contest.

Now, the former Barbados junior badminton representative and Potential Ballers centre-court netballer will be on a different stage when the United Insurance Clash of Titans Women’s ‘Shotgun’ Tournament serves off The Villages At Coverley at 6:30 p.m.

But it won’t be all smooth-sailing for Ward as she attempts to blend beauty with brawn as she faces the experienced Margo Lorde in the third match in the the straight elimination contest.

“I believe I can win. It’s just a matter of me putting the ball on court, instead of trying to finish off points too quickly as my fitness will be to my advantage since she [Lorde] can’t rally very long,” the 27-year-old former Springer Memorial schoolgirl told SUNSPORT.

Ward said her preparations had not gone as smoothy as she would like for the tournament because of her engagements with the Banks Calendar Girl contest which concludes on December 4.

“It is very challenging. At times, I am physically and even mentally tired but every little spare time I get, I have had to squeeze in to play tennis, even if it is an hour or two a day to practise.”

Tonight’s proceedings will serve off with Susan Scantlebury opposing Lyndonne Payne, followed by a clash between Sheldene Walrond and Rachel Smith.

Favourite Kim Holder, who has dominated women’s road tennis over the past five years, will then play local cricket umpire Esterpheyne Holder, with Carlyn Haynes opposing the winner of the first match.

With the men’s action already heating up, there are four interesting Round of 16 encounters tonight on the left side of the draw.

Monarch Of The Court Junior champion Emar Edwards opposes Chester “Boy Boy” Brewster; Kerry “TC” Francis plays Dario Hinds; Julian “Michael Jackson” White opposed the unpredictable Shibbir Greenidge and depending champion, Mark “Venom” Griffith takes on Darius “Barracus” Gaskin in the nightcap game.

The other four Round of 16 matches on the right side of the draw will be played on Wednesday night.

Marson Johnson will oppose Aaron Barker, Curtis Jones meet Adrian “Dan” Skeete, David Arendell play Anderson “St George” Sealy and No.2 seed, Antoine “Lil Man” Daniel will square off against Julian “Snake” Quimby.



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