Emma Vickers’ superb start to the season continued as she registered her first Grand Prix victory of the season.
Fresh off the back of an impressive British League weekend, Vickers brought that form to South Shields as she successfully won the event that she lost in the final of last year.
Vickers’ hard hitting style overawed many of her opponents on her path to the final, although she was forced to work hard by Isobel Ashley to reach the semi-final.
Her final four clash was against the person who put a blemish on her British League record, Karina Le Fevre.
Le Fevre had been impressive herself having already defeated top seed Hannah Hicks in the first round after Hicks lost to Abbie Milwain in the groups.
However, Vickers avenged last weekend’s defeat with an excellent five-end win over Le Fevre. The pair played out a hard-hitting game where long rallies were in abundance.
Ultimately, Vickers’ explosive forehand drive was the difference, winning numerous key points with her most dangerous weapon.
It resulted in her playing Milwain in the final. Milwain, who had already beaten Hicks and Yolanda King to reach the final, had been hugely impressive with her ability to constantly re-loop against various spin.
Yet she couldn’t quite overcome Vickers, who edged her Draycott teammate in five. The game consisted of numerous entertaining exchanges between the pair, but once again Vickers’ forehand gave her the slight edge to seal the crown.