Significant tournament successes for Ed Kay and Matt Shaw

With the Universities championships looming in a month’s time Cambridge players have been producing performances of great promise, in particular captain Matt Shaw and senior player Ed Kay.

Having given the first event of the year, the South West Open, a miss Matt and Ed entered the South East Open Singles at Horsham where they met in the quarter-final. Ed won that encounter in three hard-fought games and went on to defeat British Nr 2 Will Ellison in the semi-final, beating him in three more tough games by 11-6, 5-11, 11-3. It was Ed’s first victory over Will  in open tournament play. Ed then went on to press the National Champion Dan Tristao hard in the final, losing by just 10-12, 9-11.

In the next regional event, the London Open Singles, Ed repeated his victory over Will, but this time it was in the final, having beaten Julian Aquilina and Sparrow Charlie Brooks, National Doubles champion, on the way. The score was 11-9, 4-11, 11-2. It was Ed’s second open Singles title.

In the Doubles Matt Shaw teamed up with Will Ellison, to whom he had lost in the quarter-final of the Singles, to win the Fuller-Hebden trophy. It was Matt’s second open title, having won the North West Doubles in January with Ed.

In the most recent tournament, the Yorkshire Open, Ed produced his most significant performance to date, beating Dan Tristao in the final by 12-10, 11-9. It was Ed’s first victory over Dan in open competition and his third open Singles title. Ed had already won the Doubles in the morning with Dan – Ed’s third open Doubles title.

As we approach the West of England Open Championships, where Ed is the defending Doubles champion, CURFC has two players in the top 10 of the National Rankings: Ed at Nr 3 in Singles and 6th in Doubles and Matt Shaw at 9= in Singles and 5th in Doubles.