Davies defeats county team-mate to claim trophy

Will Davies won the Grade Three Winter Regional Tournament at David Lloyd, Ipswich by defeating Norfolk team-mate Owen Tudor 6-3, 6-1 in the final.

Davies, seeded one for the event, justified his top-billing with a run of four straight-set wins to take the title in Suffolk.

Third seed Tudor had a comfortable win in round one, dropping just one game to Samuel Sinnott of Middlesex. It was a similar story for Davies who breezed past another Middlesex player, qualifier Jonas Salem.

Norfolk boasted three direct entrants into the main draw with Matthew Cott joining Davies and Tudor in the field of 16 and indeed it could have been more had Laurie Ollerton and Matthew Samson qualified.

Cott also made it past the opening round with a hard-earned victory over Andre Bennett of Sussex. After winning the first set 6-4, Cott was pegged back by a second set tie-break to send the match into a decisive championship tie-break, which he edged 11-9 to book a quarter-final place.

His main draw chances came to an end in the last eight with defeat to second-seeded Jack Molloy of Buckinghamshire.

Davies and Tudor pressed on however, as both reached the semi-final in comfortable fashion.

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Tudor gave another ruthless performance to dispatch qualifier James Weatherhead 6-0, 6-1 before Davies was given a reasonable work out by Harrison Ridge; eventually prevailing 6-4, 6-2.

Tudor avenged his fellow Norfolk player's loss to Molloy in the semi final but he had to come from behind to do it.

After dropping the opener 6-4, Tudor reversed that scoreline in the second set before running away with the championship tie-break 10-3.

Davies faced the only unseeded semi-finalist, Joshua Goodger of Surrey who ousted Suffolk's William Cooke-Wharton, the number four seed, in the previous round.

There were no such slip-ups for the Town Close pupil who joined Tudor in the final on Sunday afternoon with a controlled 6-3, 6-0 victory.

With Cott finishing in a pleasing sixth after mixed results in his play-off box, it was left to Davies and Tudor to battle it out for the top-spot.

The two have trained together at Easton College for several years and it was Davies who put his knowledge of his opponent to better use by imposing himself early on in the match to take the first set 6-3. Tudor was unable to recreate his comeback of the previous round and Davies completed the tournament victory with a 6-1 second set.

Davies said of his win: 'I played pretty well against Owen, there were a few close games that could have gone either way but I served really well and that's what gave me the advantage.

'Hopefully I can take this form into my tournament at Sutton over half-term.'