Jenny Duncalf Wins Inaugural Event
[Complete English Open Draw] and [Women's Results]
VICKY BOTWRIGHTS SHOOTING FALLS SHORT
MARTIN BRONSTEIN REPORT ON THE WOMENS INVITATION FINALS
BEATS THE SHOTMAKER
Botwright looked terrific in the first game hitting shots all over the place and everything was working for her. She was making Duncalf look very ordinary and I wondered whether this final would just fizzle. Duncalf settled down in the second while Botwright’s racket suddenly went crooked: at 2-2 Botwright had committed six errors. From that point on Duncalf took heart from those errors and played near faultless squash to move smoothly to a 9-4 win from a befuddled Botwright. Duncalf was hitting good length and catching Botwright out when she did decide to go short. Botwright went right off the boil, making some horrendous errors.
Worse was to come as Duncalf continued with her error-free play to run to a 7-1 lead. Botwright then alternated fine winners with errors as the serve changed hands six times before Duncalf moved to game ball at 8-2 and finished off with a delightful backhand volley cross court into the nick – a rare piece of sassiness from this percentage player.
Botwright could do nothing in the fourth until she trailed 2-6 which is when her errors disappeared and she refrained from attempted winners with Duncalf in front of her. The match now entered its most exciting phase as Botwright fought back using good high lobs and tight length, which kept Duncalf under control.
Botwright actually had game ball but Duncalf tied it up with another backhand cross court winner. Botwright, however, kept herself together and won the game when Duncalf hit a rare error, tinning a forehand cross court.
So 2/2 and the bets were on Botwright continuing her dominance, but Duncalf proved the bettors wrong and controlled the game to lead 6-1. Botwright kept her nerve and managed to get back to 5-7, but Duncalf was now well grooved and played a tight backhand to get the serve, followed that with forehand low cross court which eluded Botwright’s racket and then finished the match off with a great flourish, slamming a backhand straight down the nick to win 9-5 and deservedly take the title.
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