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
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,
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
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