Defending champion Clyne and top-seeded Lobban shared the first two games of their final before Clyne found an extra gear to defeat his long-time training partner 11-3, 6-11, 11-2, 11-6. “Greg keeps pushing the bar higher and higher in training and he keeps pushing me on,” said Clyne. “It’s tough to play him because we’re such good mates, and I knew it was going to be a tough match.
“Winning my eighth national title is great, but you don’t think about the numbers – you’re just trying to win the final. I’m 32 now, but I’ve had a good summer and I feel I’m still improving, physically, mentally and technically.”
Stuart George and Rory Stewart contested an epic bronze medal play-off, which George edged 11-6 in the fifth and deciding game
Women’s top seed Aitken beat second seed Alison Thomson 11-8, 11-5, 11-4 in the women’s final, but then admitted: “There’s no pressure like that of the national championships, trying to prove that you’re the best player in your country, and I think I let that get to me in the first game and a half. My win in 2010 seems such a long time ago and it frustrated me when I kept missing the nationals.
“I didn’t use the correct tactics today and my head wasn’t in the right place, but I’m happy I was able to turn it around. Sometimes you’ve just got to find a way and win ugly.”
Defending champion Georgia Adderley took third place on her home court.