Top seeds dominate the Open

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

Top seeds Charles Sharpes and Millie Tomlinson were crowned Boston Open Champions this weekend.

Boston Squash and Racketball Club hosted the 18th annual BSPA Boston Open.

Sharpes, the world number 68, stepped in after original number one seed Adrian Grant was forced to withdraw through injury – and won the men’s event and a cheque for £570.

Tomlinson was supreme in the women’s competition and never dropped a game.

The action began on Friday afternoon as Boston’s Mark Hildred recorded his first win in the tournament which he first entered in 1997, recovering from 2-1 and 9/7 down to beat Jeremy Harris 11/2 in the fifth.

Friday evening saw Hildred beaten by Patrick Rooney in the last 16.

Saturday began with the quarter-finals and, for the ladies, Tomlinson won through to the semis, as did second seed Jessica Davis and ¾ seeds Lucy Beecroft and Alison Thomson.

Similarly, the top four seeds progressed into the semis in the men’s event.

Sharpes, Doug Kempsell and Nick Mulvey all won high-tempo matches in straight sets, while Bryan Byrne dispatched his opponent 3-1.

The evening’s semis saw Beecroft beat second seed Jessica Davis while Tomlinson progressed 3-0.

In the men’s semis, Sharpes beat Byrne 9/11, 11/8, 11/6, 15/13 while the four-set semi between Doug Kempsell and Nick Mulvey was a remarkable 61 minutes, with Doug digging deep to win.

In Sunday’s final, Tomlinson simply had too much for Beecroft, taking only 19 minutes to win 11/4, 11/5, 11/3.

The men’s showpiece was just under half an hour long, with Sharpes winning it 11/6, 11/2, 11/6.