ADRIAN GRANT WINS 2008 WOLVERHAMPTON SQUASH OPEN in association with MARSTON’S

Men’s Final:
[1] Adrian Grant (ENG) bt [2] Laurens Jan Anjema (NED) 7-11, 11-9, 11-13, 11-5, 13-11
 
Both finalists, competing in the event as part of their final preparations for the Hi-Tec World Squash Championships to be staged in Manchester next week, showed remarkable resilience and powers of endurance in one of the longest matches on the men’s professional World Tour this year.
 
The 27-year-old Englishman, who reached the final with victories over Mohamed El Shorbagy, Jonathon Kemp and Alister Walker, intelligently combined defence with subtle disguise and attack to extend the rallies and ultimately negate the explosive assault of his younger opponent, to the delight of a knowledgeable capacity crowd at the Wolverhampton Lawn Tennis & Squash Club, winning in 105 minutes.
 
“This is my first tournament for two and a half months and today has proved my fitness and given me a lot of confidence leading up to next weeks World Open in Manchester,” said Grant. “I had to dig really deep to win against LJ today, having had tough matches in every round. Although the competition for this event is getting stronger each year, I’m already looking forward to being back next September.”
 
Women’s Final:
[1] Laura Lengthorn-Massaro (ENG) bt [2] Vicky Botwright (ENG) 7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-7
Women 3/4 Play-off:
[3] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) bt [4] Dominique Lloyd-Walter (ENG) 15-13, 5-11, 11-4, 11-4
 
In a spectacular prelude to the men’s final, Laura Lengthorn-Massaro defeated compatriot Vicky Botwright 7-11 11-6 11-6 11-7 to claim her third successive Wolverhampton title. The World No.9 and English No.3 overcame a tentative and error prone opening game to register a confidence boosting 45-minute victory over her senior compatriot, a finalist in the inaugural Wolverhampton Open in 2006.
 
“Both Vicky and I have been training hard over the summer for next weeks World Open in Manchester and both of us wanted to register a win to give us that extra bit of confidence going into the biggest event of the year,” said the three time champion. “The first game was particularly tough and I had to work really hard and I’m just so pleased to have defended my title,” said Lengthorn-Massaro.
 
Jaclyn Hawkes of New Zealand defeated Dominique Lloyd-Walter of England 15-13 5-11 11-4 11-4 to treat the packed crowd to a display of high quality squash in the play-off for third place.
 
Issued by iSPORTgroup.com

England’s World No.13 Adrian Grant continued his remarkable run in the UK’s largest club-based squash championships to record an impressive 7-11 11-9 11-13 11-5 13-11 victory over World No.16 and Dutch No.1 Laurens Jan Anjema to clinch the 2008 Wolverhampton Open title, his fifteenth World Tour success.