Alan Clyne claimed his seventh Scottish squash title at Edinburgh Sports Club yesterday after repelling the challenge of second seed and local favourite Doug Kempsell.
The Inverness player turned 30 last year but shows no sign of relinquishing his domestic supremacy as he took full advantage of Kempsell’s marathon semi-final with Kevin Moran on Saturday night.
Clyne looked far fresher yesterday than his jaded training partner and won 11-5, 11-5, 11-2 in 38 minutes.
Clyne said: “I felt good going through the rounds, but I knew that Douglas would put up a real fight in the final because we all know he is a battler. That was the way that it panned out, but I managed to get on the front foot and take the win.
“I am often playing abroad, so I love getting a chance to play in Scottish tournaments and I am very proud to be national champion for a seventh time.”
Edinburgh girl Georgia Adderley bagged what promises to be the first of many Scottish titles after winning yesterday’s ladies final.
The 16-year-old lost the 2016 final to Claire Gadsby but cruised through this year’s tournament as the No.1 seed. Third seed Elspeth Young, still only 20, gave her a severe test yesterday before the teenager ground out a landmark 11-4, 5-11, 11-6, 14-12 victory.
A delighted Adderley said: “Coming into the event aged 16 as number one seed brought its own pressures, but I had played in this event last year for the first time and that helped me with nerves and what to expect out there.
“I played well in my semi-final on Saturday and that left me feeling good about the final. Elspeth is a few years older than me and more experienced, so I knew it would be hard.
“We had some really good rallies in the first game, but she then came back in the second. At that point I had to hold my nerve, but I did and got a good start to the third game. I then managed to go on and win and the feeling at the end was amazing.
“At the moment it has not quite sunk in, but I have had loads of texts from friends and my family are really proud.”