BSPA UK Grand Prix Finals


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Women's Final Men's Final
Women's Semi Finals Men's Semi Finals
  Men's Quarter
Reliable Networks Grand Prix
en's Draw
29 May 30 May 31 May
Daryl Selby (1)
13/11 11/8 5/11 11/4
Chris Fuller
Daryl Selby
8/11 11/7 11/0 11/7
Eddie Charlton
Daryl Selby
3-0 11/8 11/8 11/9 (44 mins)
Adrian Grant
Ben Coleman
12/10 6/11 11/5 11/4
Eddie Charlton (3/4)
Chris Simpson (3/4)
8/11 11/4 10/12 11/3 14/12
Joel Hinds
Chris Simpson
12/10, 4/11, 11/5, 11/5
Adrian Grant
Andy Whipp
11/5 11/7 6/11 11/8
Adrian Grant (2)
Reliable Networks Grand Prix
Women's Draw
29 May 30 May
Sarah-Jane Perry (1)
7/11 11/7 3/11 11/5 11/7
Lisa Aitken
Sarah-Jane Perry
3/2. 8/11, 5/11, 12/10, 11/6, 11/3 (60min)
Emma Beddoes
Nada El Kalaawy
11/4 11/5 11/3

Emma Beddoes (2)

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Men's Final
Courtesy Of Tim Garner

Click on Images for Larger ViewAdrian 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, some what unusually for Grant, it was soon over in straight games with the second seed closing things out 3-0.

Click on Images for Larger ViewGrant appropriately thanked those involved in rejuvenating the event at the Roehmapton Club, including sponsors Realiable Networks, and looked forward to returning next year to defend his title.

L-R: Paul Lindsay (Roehampton),
Paul Fisher (Reliable Networks),
Adrian Grant and Daryl Selby
Of Tim Garner

Men's Semi Finals
Courtesy Of Tim Garner

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.

Men's Quarter Finals
Courtesy Of Tim Garner

The top seeds in the Reliable Networks Grand Prix Finals were both made to work for a berth in next round at the Roehampton Club. In the men’s event World no.11 Daryl Selby looked to have weathered the storm having nicked the first against Chris Fuller and then opening up a 2 game lead. However, the Nottingham based youngster had other ideas as a capitalised on Selby taking his foot off the gas in the third to pull one back. England international Selby then steadied the ship and efficiently closed out the match in four to take up his semi-final berth. He will play Eddie Charlton who saved 3 game balls in the first against Ben Coleman but was quickly back on the ropes as Coleman levelled it at one a-piece. Unperturbed the fourth seed regained control of the match and worked Coleman from corner to corner eventually also coming though in four.

Earlier in the evening the longest match of the night, put paid to the schedule, as third seed Chris Simpson battled to contain the exuberant Joel Hinds. Simpson twice found himself behind aft  er squandering a healthy lead in the third and again made life hard for himself as he allowed Hinds to build up a head of steam in the fifth. A clinical forehand drop at 8/10 saved one match ball, and a dive just secured a let and saved another at 9/10 as Hinds continued to attack the front of the court, saving one match ball himself with a spectacular cross court nick. However, eventually it was Simpson who prevailed to set up a clash with second seed Adrian Grant. Reliable Networks Grand Prix winner Andy Whipp & Grant entertained the crowd with some fast and furious rallies. Grant, World no.22, opened up a two-game lead but as is his trademark he kept the crowd entertained dropping the third before closing out the fourth to complete the top seeds in the semis.


Women's Final
Courtesy Of Tim Garner

Emma Beddoes overturned the seedings and a two game deficit to lift the Reliable Networks BSPA Grand Prix title at the 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 the 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!’

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Sarah-Jane Perry Emma Beddoes
and Paul Lindsay (Roehampton)

Women's Semi Finals
Courtesy Of Tim Garner

The women’s also saw the top seeds progressing but in completely different styles. Emma Beddoes made short shrift of Nada El Kalawaay as the England junior international found the tin on too many occasions to trouble her senior counterpart. Top seed Sarah-Jane Perry may have come off the back of a successful Allam British Open, where she knocked out World no.7 Low Wee Wern, but Lisa Aitken was clearly undaunted as she took the match to Perry.

 Having secured first and then been edged out in the second Aitken stormed back to take the third using clinical two wall boasts and cross-court flicks to unsettled her more illustrious opponent. However, Perry has clearly gained much from her recent successes and part in the senior England set-up and didn’t panic. She took control of the rallies early in the fourth and ensured that Aitken never gained sight of the finish line to take the match in five and set up a clash with Beddoes in Thursdays final.



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