Top seeds claim town’s squash titles

Emma Beddoes and Adrian Waller.
Emma Beddoes and Adrian Waller.

EMMA Beddoes and Adrian Waller won the women’s and men’s categories in the BSPA Boston Open last weekend.

The two number-one seeds scooped top prizes at Boston Squash and Racketball Club.

In the men’s event, the first round saw Boston’s Mark Hildred and Chris Clements put in respectable performances against seeded professionals.

Clements lost 11-6, 11-9, 13-11 to world top 100 player Eddie Charlton, while Hildred was defeated by 5/8 seed Lewis Walters 14-12, 12-10, 11-5.

Saturday evening’s semi-finals they were without doubt the best matches of the tournament.

Number one seed Waller - ranked 59th in the world - beat Eddie Charlton 11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 11-8.

The match of the Open then entertained the sizeable crowd, Andy Whipp beating Charles Sharpes 3-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9, 11-8.

In Sunday’s men’s final Waller beat Whipp 11-6, 11-1, 11-5 in just 19 minutes.

Waller, the British under 23 National Champion, was pleased to take the winner’s check for £570 and to secure his first Boston Open title.

The women’s final saw the world’s number 22-ranked Beddoes retain her crown againstformer world number four Tania Bailey, who was seeking her fifth Boston Open Ladies’ title.

The final had been set up after the two stars had topped their respective pools by beating the other two competitors in each of their groups on Saturday.

With Bailey trailing 2-1 she was forced to retire by breathing difficulties.

The Open will return for a 16th consecutive year next December.