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Boston Open 2018

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Boston Open 2018
Men's Draw

14-16 Dec

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15 DEC
15 DEC
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  [1] Nathan Lake
11/8, 11/5, 11/9 (31m)
Phil Nightingale
Nathan Lake
11/8, 11/5, 11/9 (31m)
 Lewis Walters
Nathan Lake
Harry Falconer
James Singh
10/12, 11/7, 11/8, 11/5 (37m)
Lewis Walters
Lewis Walters
11/5, 6/11, 15/13, 11/8 (53m)
[¾] Nick Mulvey
  [¾] Harry Falconer
10/12, 11/4, 11/7, 11/7 (47m)
Robert Dadds
Harry Falconer
4/11, 11/6, 7/11, 11/4, 11/8 (45m)
 Nick Wall
Patrick O'Sullivan
11/8, 9/11, 11/9, 11/4 (41m)
Craig Valente-Wallace
Patrick O'Sullivan
6/11, 11/8, 11/8, 11/7 (37m)
[2] Nick Wall

Boston Open 2018
Women's Draw
15-16 Dec

Boston, England

15 DEC
15 DEC
16 DEC
[1] Millie Tomlinson
11/5, 11/4, 11/3 (14m)
Catherine Rae
Millie Tomlinson
11/6, 12/10, 13/11 (18m)
Mari Taylor
Millie Tomlinson
Haley Mendez
Mari Taylor
11/6, 11/5, 11/3 (14m)
Charlotte Kirkwood
Ciara Richards
11/4, 11/8, 11/8 (18m)
Heidi Albinson
Ciara Richards
11/5, 11/4, 11/6 (16m)
Haley Mendez
Katie Wells
11/2, 11/1, 11/5 (16m)
[2] Haley Mendez
Men’s semi-finals:
[1] Nathan Lake 3-0 Lewis Walters 11/8, 11/5, 11/9 (31m)

[¾] Harry Falconer 3-3 [2] Nick Wall 4/11, 11/6, 7/11, 11/4, 11/8 (45m)

The first of the men’s semi-finals was played at a high tempo with both players covering a lot of ground and retrieving from corner to corner. Lewis Walters’s good run came to an end at the hands of Nathan Lake, just under 24 hours after he won the first match of 2018’s Open.

Fittingly, the last match of Saturday night was the first five-setter of the tournament. 20 year old Harry Falconer beat 18 year old Nick Wall. Nick had raced into a 10/2 lead in the first, but from the second game onward he was unable to put together a similar run, and Harry made his first Boston Open final after competing in the event for the last five years.

Women’s semi-finals:
[1] Millie Tomlinson 3-0 Mari Taylor 11/6, 12/10, 13/11 (18m)

[2] Haley Mendez 3-0 Ciara Richards 11/5, 11/4, 11/6 (16m)

Millie Tomlinson made the final without dropping a set yet again. She beat Mari Taylor, who lost the second game on a tiebreak after winning five successive points - two of them requiring nothing other than her serve - to take an 8/4 lead. With a gameball at 11/10 in the third, Mari almost became the first player to win a set against Millie at the Boston Open since Madeline Perry in the 2015 final - but it wasn’t to be as the top seed took the next three points and the match.

Following them on court were Haley Mendez from the USA and Ciara Richards from Wales. In truth, Haley was in front for almost the entire match and simply had too much for her 18 year old opponent. She won 11/5, 11/4, 11/6 to ensure a women’s final made up of the top two seeds.
Men’s quarter-finals:

[1] Nathan Lake 3-0 Phil Nightingale 11/4, 11/8, 11/8 (31m)
Lewis Walters 3-1 [¾] Nick Mulvey 11/5, 6/11, 15/13, 11/8 (53m)
[2] Nick Wall 3-1 Patrick O'Sullivan 6/11, 11/8, 11/8, 11/7 (37m)
[¾] Harry Falconer 3-1 Robert Dadds 10/12, 11/4, 11/7, 11/7 (47m)

After the women’s quarters came the men’s. Up first, world #49 Nathan Lake against Phil Nightingale. Although the top seed won in straight sets, Phil put in a creditable challenge and led 6/4 and 8/7 in the final two games respectively - Nathan just had enough in the tank to pull through.

Their match was outlasted by the other quarter-final that had begun at the same time. Unseeded Lewis Walters, who had come through a qualifying match the night before, knocked out ¾ seed Nick Mulvey. Quick starts in the first and fourth games helped Lewis to a 3-1 win in 53 minutes.

No such upsets in the second pair of quarter-finals. Despite a hiccup in the first set, Nick Wall resumed command to progress 3-1 at the expense of Patrick O'Sullivan. Harry Falconer also won through in four against 2015 runner-up Robert Dadds despite defeat in the first game.

Women’s quarter-finals:
Mari Taylor 3-0 Charlotte Kirkwood 11/6, 11/5, 11/3 (14m)
[1] Millie Tomlinson 3-0 Catherine Rae 11/5, 11/4, 11/3 (14m)
[2] Haley Mendez 3-0 Katie Wells 11/2, 11/1, 11/5 (16m)
Ciara Richards 3-0 Heidi Albinson 11/4, 11/8, 11/8 (18m)
Men's qualifiers:
Lewis Walters bt James Singh 10/12, 11/7, 11/8, 11/5 (37m)
Patrick O'Sullivan bt Craig Valente-Wallace 11/8, 9/11, 11/9, 11/4 (41m)

A reduced number of entries meant only two matches on the first day of this year's Boston Open. They were two qualifiers for tomorrow's men's quarter-finals.

Lewis Walters and James Singh were first on court. James narrowly took the first set of the event, but not the first match, as Lewis Walters controlled the rest of the tie to win 3-1. Patrick O'Sullivan also won in four against Craig Valente-Wallace, whose fourth appearance at the tournament in as many years was a brief one.

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James Singh

Craig Valente-Wallace


The Boston Open in Lincolnshire will be held for the 22nd consecutive year this weekend.

For the first time since 1999 though, it is not linked in with the BSPA Tour, as the circuit disbanded earlier this year.

While the number of entries is down, the standard of the top seeds is as high as ever. Indeed, the men’s runner-up from 2015 (Robert Dadds) is not even seeded this time around.

The women’s draw is led by world #25 Millie Tomlinson. She has won the Boston Open for the last four years, a feat only matched by Lincolnshire’s former world #4 Tania Bailey.

Just last month Millie beat world #12 and eight-time world champion Nicol David in Hong Kong - probably the biggest win of her career.

The second seed in the women’s draw is Haley Mendez from Brooklyn, NYC. The 25 year old returned to her career-high world ranking of #43 this month.

Haley’s boyfriend and men’s top seed Nathan Lake also has his base in Cheltenham and Brooklyn. He is the world #49.

Sheffield’s Nick Wall is the men’s second seed. The rising star won the British Junior U19 Nationals in October, and the English Junior U19 Championship in March.

Play runs roughly from 6.30pm-8pm on Friday and 11am-7pm on Saturday, with Sunday’s finals at 2 and 3pm.