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Alex Fuller produced a blistering display in the women's final of the Bermuda Open last night to beat fellow South African Milnay Louw 11-3, 9-11, 11-2, 11-5 at Bermuda Squash Racquets Association last night.

Fuller closed out the first game by winning the final five points, only dropped two points in the third and broke a 5-5 tie in the fourth game by winning the final six points to clinch the championship. Even in the second game, which she lost, she still managed to win six out of seven points at one stage, before Louw recovered.

“I was pretty nervous, so I just wanted to swing and run all my nerves out at the beginning,” Fuller said of her high-octane performance. “The second hit I had was great. I felt really, really good and confident. I didn't feel nervous at all towards the last five points.

“We play each other all the time in leagues and local tournaments and PSA tournaments, so I'm just really, really happy.”

Fuller produced a power-packed performance and covered almost every inch of the court.

“I was trying to pick up the pace with her and keep applying the pressure, and the more I put into the back the more she had to scramble and lift it up and she gave me opportunities to volley,” she said. “I love to volley, so that really worked in my favour.

“I thought a bit more; I wasn't just hitting and running. I had a bit more of a game plan.

“But in the fourth she came back really well, she hung in there, she didn't let down once, so I really had to fight it out.”

Indeed, Fuller had to be subtle when she needed to be and pulled off plenty of deft winners by killing the ball almost stone dead at times.

“It's called a weight of shot,” she said. “You're trying to figure out how high on the front wall to hit it and how hard, so a few times where most of mine were falling a bit short by the service box and it was giving her the whole court to work with. So I had to adjust that and hit it a bit harder and a bit higher to get it further back.

“Then you work out a happy medium between the two, but it all depends on the ball and the court, the height of the wall and the weight of shot.”

She also had plenty of praise for the tournament.

“The tournament's great,” Fuller, the world No 62, said. “The atmosphere's amazing, it's been really, really good.”

Angus Gillams triumphed in straight games to win the all-English men's final by beating Adam Murrills 11-6, 11-7, 11-5.

Gillams, the No 1 seed and world No 76, dedicated his victory to Harry Faulkner, who died of a heart attack in 2013 while playing aged just 18.

“He was my best mate at the time and he had a heart attack while he was playing squash,” Gillams told the sold-out BSRA crowd. “Everyone needs to get screened because it can happen to anyone, so this is dedicated to him.”

Awesome foursome: Bermuda Open finalists, from left, Adam Murrills, Angus Gillams, Alex Fuller, Milnay Louw (Photograph by Ben Saunders)
Bermuda Open 2018 women's champion Alex Fuller (Photograph by Lawrence Trott)

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Published March 03, 2018 at 8:00 am (Updated March 02, 2018 at 11:52 pm)

Fuller produces high-octane win

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