01 Jan 0001

Spaniard overcomes Brit in final to take title in Tipton, Great Britain

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The Singles Final, played on Saturday 13th March, saw 21-year old Spaniard Roberto Bautista-Agut fully justify his position as the tournament's No. 1 seed, by defeating 19-year Daniel Smethurst of Great Britain 75 64 to claim his ninth career singles title.

As the match got underway Bautista-Agut, playing for the first time in Great Britain, broke Smethurst in the second game of the opening set only for his British opponent to immediately break back and games were then to remain level until, with the score at 56, Smethurst was again broken allowing the Spaniard to take the set 75.

Into the second set and with the scores locked at 22, Bautista-Agut reeled off three games in succession to open up a commanding 52 lead. Smethurst then saved three match points from 0-40 down to hold serve and bring the score to 53, then, serving for the match, Bautista-Agut had his serve broken as Smethurst clawed his way back into the match from the brink of defeat. Smethurst, however, failed to build on this momentum and now serving to draw level in the set he saw Bautista-Agut convert his first break point to take the game, the set and the match 75 64.

This was Bautista-Agut's fourteenth career Singles Final on the ITF Pro Circuit and his first final outside of Spain. In contrast, Smethurst was playing in the sixth of his career to date, but his first in his home nation.

The Doubles event was heavily dominated by all-British pairings but come the Final, played the previous day on Friday 12th March, it was the No. 3 seeds from Slovakia, Kamil Capkovic & Andrej Martin, who had already seen off the challenge of the top seeded pairing in the Semi Finals, triumph over the No. 2 seeds from France, Olivier Charroin & Ludovic Walter, in a rather one-sided encounter as they dropped just two games as they raced to a 60 62 victory.

The photos attached are of the Presentations following the Finals.