Coleman serves up mustard display to win Classic

Ben Coleman stretches for a return against Rui Soares, light blue. Picture: Paul Jacobs (151698-10)

Ben Coleman stretches for a return against Rui Soares, light blue. Picture: Paul Jacobs (151698-10)

Lachlan Wellington. Picture: Habibur Rahman

Opening night for the Lakeside 5k Series

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Ben Coleman picked up his maiden Solent Classic crown as the annual tournament once again proved a huge success.

The world number 54 was in impressive form in the tournament’s eighth running at Lee-on-the-Solent Tennis, Squash & Fitness Club.

Sisters Nada, red, and Rawan Elkalaawy. Picture: Paul Jacobs (151698-2)

Sisters Nada, red, and Rawan Elkalaawy. Picture: Paul Jacobs (151698-2)

Coleman did not drop a single game in his march to the final and continued his run by beating Rui Soares 11-4, 11-9, 12-10 to lift the trophy.

Tournament director Tim Vail was not surprised to see the 24-year-old bag the title.

The Lee professional said: ‘Ben is a really good player.

‘He has improved greatly over the last 12 months and, if I’m honest, I expected him to win.’

A women’s tournament was held for the second year,

And Nada Elkalaawy proved too good for her younger sister, Rawan, as she comfortably won the final 11-5, 11-4, 11-4 in a weaker field than the previous year.

Vail said: ‘The women’s event wasn’t as successful as the first running of it.

‘The prize money was slightly less and unfortunately another event was being run simultaneously.

‘We will definitely keep the women’s side of the draw next year and hopefully it can grow.’

Vail, who is the head coach at the Lee-on-the-Solent club, was knocked out of the main draw at the semi-final stage by runner-up Soares.

He added: ‘I actually injured my back in the quarters but still managed to win and I probably shouldn’t have played in the semis.’

Portsmouth-born Robert Downer, who Vail coaches, was knocked out by Hampshire-based American Micah Franklin in the quarter-finals.

Vail was thankful for the continued support of tournament sponsors JW Cannon UK in making sure the event went ahead.

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