Sharpes and Tomlinson retain Boston titles
Charles Sharpes and Millie Tomlinson repeated their successes of last year as they retained the Boston Open titles. Tomlinson beat top seed Madeline Perry in a 70-minute five-setter while Sharpes overcame 3/4 seed Robert Dadda in straight games.
 Millie Tomlinson 3-2  Madeline Perry 6/11, 12/10, 11/8, 9/11, 11/5 (70m)
 Charles Sharpes 3-0 [3/4] Robert Dadds 11/8, 11/6, 11/3 (30m)
Women’s Semi Finals Report
The women’s draw continued to go to seeding in the semi-finals. Millie Tomlinson and Georgina Kennedy were first on court 5. In two years playing the tournament Tomlinson has yet to not be in control of a match here and that streak continued as she managed a straightforward win.
Madeline Perry beat Victoria Temple-Murray in a similar fashion. The former world #3 was only ever once behind by more than a point – when 3/1 down in the first game.
Men’s Semi Finals Report
In the first men’s semi final Charles Sharpes won the first game 11/5, but for the next two games Ben Ford made life more difficult for the #1 seed. Ford recovered from 10/7 down in the second to have a gameball himself at 11/10, but lost 13/11 to go 2-0 down in games. The 3/4 still sped into a 6/0 lead in the third, however, going on to win it. But Sharpes was assured in the fourth game to take the win. Ford had competed in a quarter final over three times as long as his opponent’s.
Paul Rawden took a 5/2 lead in the first set of the second semi-final, but a run of 7 points helped Dadds to come back and take a 1-0 lead. The second game was close up to 6/6 but Dadds pulled away to take a 2-0 lead, and was always on top in the third as he booked his place in the final.
Women’s Semi Finals
Millie Tomlinson  bt Georgina Kennedy [3/4] 11/5, 11/6, 11/7 (26m)
Madeline Perry  bt Victoria Temple-Murray [3/4] 11/5, 11/5, 11/6 (22m)
Men’s Semi Finals
Charles Sharpes  bt Ben Ford [3/4] 11/5, 13/11, 5/11, 11/5 (36m)
Robert Dadds [3/4] bt Paul Rawden 11/6, 11/6, 11/4 (33m)
BOSTON OPEN PREVIEW
The Sun shines. The Earth turns. Boston hosts a BSPA event in December.
The BSPA tour continues with the third event on the calendar, the Boston Open.
It’s the tournament’s 19th consecutive year, making it older than a fair few of its entrants!
Both of last year’s champions are back to defend their titles. World #53 Charles Sharpes is again the top seed in the men’s draw, while world top 50 player Millie Tomlinson is the women’s number two seed. Millie won last year’s event without dropping a game, but is presented with a very tough test in the form of this year’s favourite Madeline Perry.
Madeline is a 15-time Irish national champion, former world #3 and was a world top ten player as recently as last year. She retired from the world tour in 2015.
Last year saw a significant increase in the number of entrants for the women’s draw, and the numbers remain healthy. Among the 14 competitors are world #73 Victoria Temple-Murray, herself a finalist here in 2013, and 18-year-old world #77 Georgina Kennedy. They are both 3/4 seeds.
Back to the men’s draw and if it goes to seeding, we could have the first repeat final in the tournament’s history. Last year’s runner-up Doug Kempsell returns as the number two seed, seeking to go one better than last year. He is in the world top 100 and won the Geneva Open this year as well as two PSA tour titles in Australia.
Ben Ford is a 3/4 seed. With a highest world ranking of #82, he finished runner-up at this year’s British O35 National Championship.
So who is under the most pressure? Perhaps not any of the players mentioned. Or the tournament organisers. Or even the referees.
It may well be the club’s (relatively) new steward Pete. For it is he who must replace the club’s longstanding steward Paul and, crucially, his famous toasties at the weekend!