Sharpes and Tomlinson retain titles

Champions Millie Tomlinson and Charles Sharpes.
Champions Millie Tomlinson and Charles Sharpes.

Defending champions Charles Sharpes and Millie Tomlinson both kept their crowns at the 19th annual BSPA Boston Open.

The two world-ranked stars again took Boston’s professional tournament titles after their respective victories in 2014.

In last Sunday’s finals, world number 45 Tomlinson beat former world number three Madeline Perry in a tense five-set thriller, before world number 53 Sharpes beat 3/4 seed Robert Dadds 11/8, 11/6, 11/3 in half an hour.

Sharpes simply proved too good in the final, and had perhaps had his most difficult match at the start of the tournament when he won 3-1 against Wales’s Owain Taylor, who may have gone much further had he not had the most difficult first round draw possible.

The 3/4 seed Dadds, who won a set against current world numbe one Mohamed Elshorbagy while at university, had made the final courtesy of a semi-final win over the unseeded Paul Rawden, who had knocked out second seed Nick Mulvey.

In contrast to Sharpes’s route to victory, Tomlinson strolled to the women’s final without dropping a single set.

However, her final was a truly excellent game against her closely matched opponent and top seed Madeline Perry.

Neither player was able to dominate the other in a 70-minute battle, which eventually finished 6/11, 12/10, 11/8, 9/11, 11/5 to the 23-year-old former World University Champion.

The three-day Open event was visited this year by MP Matt Warman, as well as Lincolnshire’s former world number four and four-time Boston Open champion Tania Bailey.

Men’s winner Sharpes said: “I played it (the Boston Open) last year.

“I obviously came back which I was really happy to.

“Nineteen years in a row (of this event) is an incredible effort, hopefully it’ll bring it up to 20.”