Draycott’s leading player Emma Vickers was the cream of the crop at the recent Jersey Open Grand Prix after an exciting climax to this prestigious event.
The Women’s final was a re-run of the previous year’s final between Emma who is studying for a Masters Degree in Mental Health and Well Being and her Nottingham Trent University team mates - Guernsey’s Alice Loveridge.
The two players had met the previous day in the Band 1 final where Emma had beaten Dorset’s Sanja Clements 3-0 and led the final by 2 games to 1 but then Alice mounted a fight back to take the match to the final end where Alice eventually won 11-8.
In the main Singles event both players had reached the final by winning their groups followed by comfortable 3-0 semi-final win against Sue Collier for Alice but Emma faced the current British University Women’s Singles champion Clara Chau but Emma was in top form and breezed into the final also winning 3-0 and setting up another exciting clash.
The Ladies final was of the highest quality as Loveridge took first blood 11-6 only only for Vickers to level by the same scoreline. However, Alice upped her powerful barrage of smashes to take the third game 11-5 and put one hand on the title Undeterred, the English star battled hard in the 4th end but trailed only to save the two match points to run out 12-10 to set up another 5th end thriller.
After a tense start to the end Emma again faced further two
match points at 10-8 down butthen pulled out the shot of the
tournament to save her 4th match point but it was Derbyshire’s
top player who kept her nerve to convert the fifth game 12-10
and win the title to rapturous applause from a large and highly
So Emma avenged last seasons 5 set defeat to beat Alice
Loveridge 3-2 (6-11, 11-6, 5-11, 12-10, 12-10)