Richards and Waters take Classic titles at Lee

Alison Waters, left, and Madeline Perry in action in their final. Picture: Paul Jacobs (143363-8)
Alison Waters, left, and Madeline Perry in action in their final. Picture: Paul Jacobs (143363-8)
Gosport Borough won 1-0 in their match against Dunstable this afternoon. Picture: Keith Woodland

Gosport Borough get first victory of season

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Number-one seeds Tom Richards and Alison Waters lived up to expectations as they carried off the Solent Classic titles at Lee-on-the-Solent Tennis & Squash Club over the weekend.

Richards, the former world number 12 and current number 36, took men’s honours with a convincing display in the final against Eddie Charlton as he claimed a 3-0 win (11-5, 11-6, 11-7).

Waters, the world number five, was pushed hard in her battle with Irish star Madeline Perry in the women’s event.

But after going 2-1 down, Waters recovered and eventually came out with victory in the deciding game to seal a 3-2 success (11-5, 10-12, 6-11, 11-5, 11-3).

Tournament director and Lee-on-the-Solent head coach, Tim Vail, said: ‘The two best players over the course of the tournament won their events.

‘It was really successful. We had a good turn-out of people watching.

‘But the standard of play was really good. It was a good weekend of squash.’

Vail himself enjoyed a run to the semi-final, where he went down to the eventual champion 3-1.

He said: ‘It was probably about what I expected. But I managed take a game off Tom, so I was quite happy about that.

‘I got it back to 1-1 but he is fitter than me and wore me down when I started to get tired.’

The other local challenge also fell at the semi-final stage as Lee talent Ollie Pett was forced to withdraw through injury.

Pett was 2-0 up but trailing in the third game to Charlton, when he was unable to continue after suffering a pulled muscle.