Gutierrez, Mieres triumph in NAS Ramadan tourney

Gutierrez, Mieres triumph  in NAS Ramadan tourney

Hamdan Heritage Centre, Dubai Municipality enter semis

By Moni Mathews (principal Correspondent)

Published: Tue 30 Jun 2015, 12:12 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:12 PM

Prize winners of the padel tennis events with officials at the NAS Sports complex. — Supplied photo

Dubai — Sanyo Gutierrez and Juani Mieres were made to fight all the way before overcoming Juan Martin Diaz and Maxi Sanchez 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the final of the international padel tennis category of the third Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament at the NAS Sports Complex, late Sunday night.

The newly crowned champions who were making their debut here, were down 1-4 after being a break down in the deciding third set and things looked like it was going in favour of the runners-up. Gutierrez and Juani Mieres won the next five games to claim their title.

Diaz and Sanchez wrapped up the opening set 6-3 with comparative ease which surprised the large audience which initially included the patron of the Nad Al Sheba (NAS) Sports Tournament, Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai; Chairman of Dubai Sports Council.

Thereafter Mieres and Gutierrez held serve better and were sharper at the net especially when they made the splendid rally in the rubber.

As the match progressed, unforced errors by Sanchez from the base enabled Gutierrez and Mieres to clinch the title.

Shaikh Saeed bin Juma Al Maktoum, president of UAE Padel Tennis Association (UAEPA), presented the prizes in the presence of Ahmad bin Manana, vice president, Higher Organising Committee; Mohammad Al Mutaiwei, vice president, UAEPA; and Hassan Al Mazrouei, tournament director, Nad Al Sheba Sports Tournament.

“Ours is a new pairing comparatively and the rough edges were seen through quite well by us as the event progressed the whole week,” Mieres and Gutierrez told media.

In the futsal competition which began on Saturday, Tornado blanked the Zabeel Office Team 4-0.
Tornado were the quicker in the counters as attacking deep defence man Williams Oliveira Nascimento penetrated through the right to keep keeper Saud Al Hibli busy throughout with superb runs.

At half time Marcelo Salazar Filho Ibrahaim Khalid and Abdullah Al Mahairi gave Tornado a 3-0 lead, a position gained by the time the match was 10 minutes old before the last named player rounded off matters against Zabeel Office in the second half for a 4-0 scoreline.

In the other matches for the night, His Highness Court defeated Dhawu 8-1; Surprise downed Al Ain Youth 4-1; and 2014 runners-up Al Jokar outpaced Sport 4 All 8-1.

Wael Mohammad Khamis powered HHC with a hat trick which Fernando Nascimento Cosme’s (Fernandinho) further supplemented with a brace in the second period.

In wheelchair basketball at the Dubai Club for the Disabled (DCD) in Qusais, Hamdan Heritage Centre, Dubai Municipality and the hosts DCD booked semifinal berths during early hours on Monday.

All three teams now have one match left in the preliminary rounds. But it is hardly be an issue as Public Prosecution, DEWA, Union Co-Operative and Dubai Sports Channel have just one win and still are with a chance of making it to the knock-out stages. Dubai Police, Dubai Ambulance and Dubai Duty Free are yet to win a single match.

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