First Sheffield open tennis title for Jack Grant - Isobel Ashley lands her third ladies title

Isobel Ashely, who won the ladies singles for the third year. Picture: Trevor Parsons photography
Isobel Ashely, who won the ladies singles for the third year. Picture: Trevor Parsons photography
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Jack Grant is the 2016 Sheffield open singles champion following an epic final victory over seven-time champion Stephen Horsfield.

The Stocksbridge team mates provided one of the classic finals which enthralled the audience as it ended 11-9, 4-11, 11-9, 6-11, 17-15!

Jack Grant,  the 2016 Sheffield open singles champion. Picture: Trevor Parsons photography

Jack Grant, the 2016 Sheffield open singles champion. Picture: Trevor Parsons photography

The 27-year-old fifth seed took his first title, having disposed of Vulcan’s Sarah Short, Lance Webster, Liam Rowson and Tim Denby (Abbeydale) in the semi final.

Stephen, seeded third, had arguably a tougher route to the final beating Rachel Pilgrim, Bill Grant, Ernest Mpundu and Warren Li Kim Wa in an epic semi final.

There was some consolation for Horsfield as he claimed his maiden veterans title with a win over defending champion Tim Dyson (Stocksbridge).

Abbeydale’s Isobel Ashley became a triple ladies singles champion, retaining her ladies crown by beating the seven time champion Sarah Short (Vulcan).

* Full report, roll of honour and more pictures in our two-page special in the Friday, February 5 Grass Roots