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London U23 Open 2011
11-13 Feb, Roehampton Club
Finals, Sun 13th:
Sharpes beat top seed James Snell in a high energy five set
encounter. Snell showed few ill effects from his 5-set win over
Kuwaiti Ammar Al-Tamimi the previous evening and took the first
game stepping positively onto the ball and searching out
opportunities to volley. However, Sharpes gradually started to
control the T and took the second.
Snell wasn’t done and got a good start in third to once again
edge ahead. Some high octane rallies at the start of the fourth
saw it evenly balanced at 4-3 but Sharpes seemed less affected
by the corner to corner coverage and Snell started to tire
falling behind his younger opponent despite his best efforts to
push up the court. The decider was a one way affair with Sharpes
racing to 6-0 and never looking back in closing it out 11/3.
Nada Elkalawaay had demonstrated why she is already a
force to be reckoned with on the women’s tour even at the tender
age of just 15 by defeating top seed Rachel Wilmot to in
straight games. Both players had progressed to the final without
dropping a game so a close encounter was anticipated and the
first game didn’t disappoint.
After 20 minutes of clean striking from both players, working
each other hard particularly across the back of the court it was
the young Egyptian who sneaked it 12/10 at the second attempt.
This seemed to boost her confidence, and at the same time
deflate Wilmott’s and Elkalawaay took the second 11/5 before
easing to 10/1 in the third, winning the title on the third