Sam Parsons won his first senior National Men's Singles title at the weekend. Parsons the number 5 seed beat 2 higher ranked players in the tournament the number 3 seed Toby Penty in straight sets and then again in the final where he beat Andrew Smith the number 2 seed.
In the final Smith started off very well and quickly led 5-1 but Parsons kept his composure and with Smith making a few unforced errors the game was tied at 7 all. Parsons then started to take control and led 11-9 at the interval. Parsons continued to get a lot of Smith's smashes back and took control at the net and finished the set 21- 14.
In the second set Parsons kept up the tempo and raced to a mid-game lead of 11-6 and this extended to 19-11. At this point Smith hit some good smashes and had his best spell (apart from the start of the match) and closed to within 3 points at 16 - 19. However a quick net error gave Parsons match point and after a good spinning net shot from Parsons his opponent lifted the shuttle out of the back of the court. The victory was met with a roar from Sam and a great reception from the packed crowd. Parsons now holds the National U/19 junior title and the National senior title.
In the Mixed Doubles Ben Lane and Jess Pugh made it to the semi-final stages with some fine wins over more experienced pairings, showing that these 2 players are going to be the next stars of the future. In the Semi's they lost to the World number 6 pair Chris & Gabby Adcock in straight sets.
Ben also featured in the Men's Doubles Semi-final with partner Sean Vendy where they eventually lost to the number 2 seeds Nottingham & Towler.
Forza would like to congratulate the players on their outstanding results and wishes them all continued success for the remainder of the season.