Scottish squash title glory for Alan Clyne and Lisa Aitken
Capital-based players swept the board at Edinburgh Sports Club as Alan Clyne beat good friend Greg Lobban to claim his eighth Scottish squash title while Lisa Aitken landed her second ladies crown, eight years after her first.
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.