Hat-trick of wins for Hursey at Grand Prix

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Commonwealth Games player Anna Hursey was the standout player at the Bath Grand Prix, living up to her top seeding by winning three titles including the Women’s Singles.

In the Men’s Singles, it was another success for Jiawang Song after winning his third Grand Prix in a row. However, he lost his Under-21s title, after number two seed Callum Evans took first place with a 3-0 win.

Player of the Weekend was Beth Richards, from Wales.

The next Grand Prix will be held in Wolverhampton on April 6-7 at Aldersley Leisure Village, Aldersley Road, Wolverhampton, WV6 9NW. Entries are now open. Click here for more information and to enter.

Entries are also open for the London Grand Prix, which will be held at the Redbridge Sports & Leisure Centre on May 25-26.

Men’s Singles

It was a repeat of the Preston Grand Prix as Jiawang Song and Tian Yuan Liu once more met in the final. After a quick 11-3 loss, top seed Song fought back to take the next three games to win the match 3-1 (3-11, 13-11, 11-9, 11-8) and take the title.

Women’s Singles

The two top seeds Anna Hursey and Elena Todirca met in the final and it went with the seeding as Hursey took the title with a 3-0 (11-5, 11-9, 14-12) scoreline.

Veterans

Number two seed Rory Scott beat Scott Cooper 3-2 (8-11, 12-10, 6-11, 11-4, 13-11) in a closely fought final.

Banded events

Men’s Band 1

Top seed Callum Evans beat Adam Jepson 3-0 (11-8, 11-3, 15-13) to win the final.

Women’s Band 1

In a repeat of the women’s singles, top seed Anna Hursey took first place and Elena Todirca second. Anna topped the group after winning all matches in the round-robin, while Elena Todirca’s only loss was to Hursey 3-0 (11-4, 11-7, 11-8).

Men’s Band 2

Top seed Callum Evans beat Thomas Earley 3-1 (11-6, 13-15, 11-5, 11-5).

Anna Hursey and Elena Todirca faced each other once again in the final. This time Elena Todirca came out on top, beating Hursey 3-1 (13-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-5).Women’s Band 2

Men’s Band 3

Zac Earley beat his twin brother Thomas Earley 3-1 (11-5, 11-2, 11-8).

Women’s Band 3

Third seed Swetha Khatri beat Mari Baldwin in a five-setter 3-2  (11-9, 11-7, 8-11, 9-11, 11-6).

Men’s Band 4

Art McLaughlin beat Marc Castro 3-0 (11-4, 11-6, 11-6).

Women’s Band 4

Top seed Mya Sultan took first place after winning all matches in the round-robin.

Lauren Stacey took second place – her only loss was to Sultan 3-1 (11-9, 11-3, 4-11, 11-6).

Men’s Band 5

Chun Hang Yeung came out on top in this final, eventually winning 3-2 (4-11, 11-7, 8-11, 14-12, 13-11), against the number five seed Joseph Roberts.

Men’s Band 6

After going 2-1 down, Abdur Rahman Kelani fought back to take the title against Daniel Nilsson (11-7, 7-11, 12-14, 11-8, 11-8).

Men’s Under 21s

Number two seed Callum Evans took the title from the number one seed Jaiwang Song after a 3-0 win (11-6, 1-8, 11-6).

Women’s Under 21s

Top seed Anna Hursey beat Lara Whitton 3-0 (11-5, 11-7, 11-6).

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