Top seeds take honours at Felixstowe

TOP seeds Alun Jones and Petra Cetkovska were last night celebrating winning the prestigious Gotelee & Goldsmith East of England International tournament, with both needing just one hour and two minutes to claim emphatic straight-sets victories at Bath Road, Felixstowe.

TOP seeds Alun Jones and Petra Cetkovska were last night celebrating winning the prestigious Gotelee & Goldsmith East of England International tournament, with both needing just one hour and two minutes to claim emphatic straight-sets victories at Bath Road, Felixstowe.

Cetkovska, the 22-year-old Czech, who secured her place in yesterday's final with a final-set tie-break against Irena Pavlovic on Saturday, beat sixth seed Neuza Silva in a sub-standard affair that failed to live up to pre-match expectations.

Only four out of 18 games went to deuce, and the match lacked the kind of enthralling rallies that have entertained spectators throughout the week.

Following a nervous start from both players, Cetkovska broke Silva's serve twice to claim the first set 6-2, as Silva's one-handed backhand proved to be her downfall on numerous occasions.


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The second set saw three breaks of serve, including a superb fight-back in the opening game where Silva, 24, came from 0-40 down to win.

That game should have shifted the momentum in her favour, but Cetkovska, the world No. 168, broke Silva's serve twice more to win the set 6-4 and claim valuable ITF rankings points and a cheque worth £1,558.

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Afterwards she said: “This was the first time I have seen this girl and I was trying at the beginning to see which game she played. I'm very happy to win. It was a tough match - it may have looked easy, but it certainly was not.”

In the men's final, Jones, 27, was left to serve for the match in the rain after his French opponent Nicolas Tourte showed great sportsmanship in allowing the game to be completed, despite rumbles of thunder. It was a kind gesture from a player who struggled to find his best serve, but thoroughly entertained the crowd with some spectacular diving acrobatics in a desperate attempt to win points. Jones held serve well and broke his opponent just once in both sets, with a near immaculate display of strength, skill and power against the 2005 champion.

The Austrailian said afterwards: “It was good sportsmanship not to let it come back tomorrow. It was lucky for me because I was serving to win and returning the ball back in the rain is difficult.

“I'm very happy to win. I played my best match to finish off with.”

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