02 May 2012

Junior US Open champion wins first pro singles title

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Photo: Rowland GoodmanOliver Golding (Great Britain)

BOURNEMOUTH, GREAT BRITAIN: There was ‘home’ success down on England’s south coast as British pair Oliver Golding and Jade Windley took the singles titles in a rain battered tournament.

For 18-year-old Golding, the 2011 junior US Open champion, triumph in the final brought him a career first singles title on the ITF Pro Circuit and for Windley, who turned 22 just prior to the start of the main event, it was a second singles title having previously won in 2009 at London-Cumberland.

Eighth seeded Golding, also playing in his first ITF Pro Circuit singles final, took the title with a straight sets 76(4) 64 win over fellow Brit Andrew Fitzpatrick, who was seeded fifth.

British male players almost made it a clean sweep of titles but Keelan Oakley and Matthew Short were narrowly beaten in the doubles final by the Belgian-French pairing of Arthur de Greef and Jerome Inzerillo.

Both pairs of finalists were competing in their first tournament so for one pairing it would be a dream tournament debut. The British pair took the opening set but then only claimed one game in the second set before eventually losing out in a match tiebreak as their European opponents won 36 61 [10-8].

The women’s singles event also saw an all-British final in which unseeded Windley stunned top seeded Naomi Broady 63 61 to secure the title and round off an excellent week where she only dropped one set, the opening set of the first round, all week.

There was also a British representative in the women’s doubles final in Lucy Brown, seeded three with her partner Amy Bowtell from Ireland. They were unable to claim the title though, going down 64 63 to German fourth seeds Carolin Daniels and Dejana Raickovic who were, like both men’s doubles finalists, playing in their first tournament together.