Jamaica's Chris Binnie creates history with berth in Pan Am Squash finals

By August 29, 2018
Chris Binnie creates history by becoming the first Jamaican to make it to the finals of the Pan Am Squash Championships Chris Binnie creates history by becoming the first Jamaican to make it to the finals of the Pan Am Squash Championships

Jamaica’s Chris Binnie said he is eager to test himself against the number one seed Diego Elias of Peru when they meet in the final of the Men’s Singles at the Pan Am Squash Championships in the Cayman Islands on Wednesday night.

Binnie became the first Jamaican to make it to the finals on Wednesday when he battled back from two sets down to defeat the USA’s Chris Hanson 3-12, 5-11, 14-12, 11-1 and 11-8.

His reward is the number-one seed who defeated Todd Harrity of the USA in straight sets, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6.

“I’m excited. It’s going to be a great match. He is the number-one seed, 11th in the world. I get another chance to see where I match up against these guys,” said Binnie after his historic semi-final win.

“With all the training I’ve been doing, I’ve been getting better and better results as more matches have gone on, and you never know I might get one of these guys eventually. I beat someone in the top 20 at Commonwealth in April and this could be another time where I sneak out another win, so I’ll give it all I have and we will see what happens.”

In the semi-finals on Tuesday night, he said he did his best under the circumstances.

“The game was kind of scrappy, didn’t start as well as I wanted to but I found a way to stay in the game, dug deep and was able to take the win in five so I am very excited and very grateful I was able to stay in the game and take the win.”

The eight-time Caribbean champion said it felt special to become the first Jamaican to make it to the final of the Pan Am Championships.

“It’s pretty cool to be the first Jamaican to make it finals of this event, and semi-finals and even quarter-finals so I am just very proud of what I have done and very thankful,” he said, indicating that his job is not yet done.

“One more big push. I believe in myself and I do believe a lot of people back in Jamaica believe in me as well, so with that support and the rest of the Caribbean’s support I look forward to playing (in the final).”

 

 

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