Roehampton Club Hosts BSPA GP Finals

Roehampton Club Hosts BSPA GP Squash Finals

Reliable Networks British Squash Professional Association (BSPA) Grand Prix Finals was hosted by Roehampton Club. Members and their guests were privileged to watch some fantastic world class squash, with a drinks tent conveniently located right by the courts and dinner available in the bar and on the terrace. For the full story of the Finals read on!


Grant Grabs Grand Prix Title

Adrian Grant took the Reliable Networks BSPA Grand Prix Finals with a hard fought but straight games victory over fellow England international Daryl Selby at the Roehampton Club.
It was the perfect return to form for Grant given his inclusion in the England Squad for next week's World Team Championships in Mulhouse, France.

The opener was nip and tuck to 7-7 before Grant eased away, and the second followed a similar pattern to 8-8 before Grant extended his lead. It looked as though the writing was on the wall for Selby as he fell behind 6/9 in the third but he rallied to 9-9 much to the crowds delight in anticipation of an extended final.
However, somewhat unusually for Grant, it was soon over in straight games with the second seed closing things out 3-0.

" Far too good for me today, would have liked to have snuck the 3rd though!" said Selby on Twitter. "
"Was hanging on for dear life in the 3rd!" replied Grant.

Grant appropriately thanked those involved in rejuvenating the event at the Roehampton Club, including sponsors Reliable Networks, and looked forward to returning next year to defend his title.

Emma Beddoes overturned the seedings and a two game deficit to lift the Reliable Networks BSPA Grand Prix title at Roehampton Club in SE London. Top seed Sarah-Jane Perry got off to a solid start using her trademark drops and boasts to work Beddoes around the court. The tactic paid off early on as she opened up a two nil lead but seemed to then actually help her fellow England international as Beddoes started to move fluidly and get into a rhythm, beginning to make inroads into the deficit. Beddoes pulled one back and started to deliver crisp drives into the corners that had Perry both scrambling to stay in the rally and increasingly getting frustrated with her own game and shot selection. Having tied the match up at two-apiece there only ever was one winner in the decider as Beddoes raced to 6/0 and 9/3 before clinching the title. She was clearly delighted with the win and wanted to 'thank Roehampton Club and Reliable Networks for getting the finals back on the calendar after an absence of 4 years, before heading up to Glasgow for some doubles practice then most importantly a holiday after a long hard season!'


Emma Beddoes beat Sarah-Jane Perry 3/2. 8/11, 5/11, 12/10, 11/6, 11/3 (60min)


Top seed Daryl Selby overcame a spirited challenge from Eddie Charlton to take his final berth in the Reliable Networks BSPA Grand Prix Finals. Selby was joined by England team-mate Adrian Grant who got past Guernsey's Chris Simpson in the evening's second semi-final. Selby looked to be struggling a little early on as Charlton won the first but steadied the ship to  take the second and then played immaculate squash in the third to close it out without dropping a single point! The fourth was more evenly matched but Selby always looked in control and so it proved to be as he finished off his younger opponent in just under 50 minutes.


The Grant versus Simpson encounter was played out at a furious pace from the off. The first could have gone either way as both players battled ascendency but it was Grant who gained the upper hand edging it on the tie break. Simpson bounced back to take the second, but it was Grant who came out the stronger in the third to again get on top. Simpson battled valiantly to the death, but it was Grant who finished the stronger to set up a much anticipated clash with Selby in Friday night's final.


Selby beat Charlton 3/1                 8/11 11/7 11/0 11/7

Grant bt Simpson 3/1                     12/10, 4/11, 11/5, 11/5


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