Natalie Grinham kicks off a busy April with a win in Montreal’s Atwater Cup, where resident pro Glen Wilson talks to, among others, Misaki Kobayashi about the effect of the Japanese earthquake, and Karim Darwish takes all of 91 minutes to beat Omar Mosaad 3/0 in the final of the Kolkata International.
Nicol David makes it a hat-trick of Cayman Islands Open titles in the first of WISPA’s newly-rebranded World Series events, where after seeing off the Caribbean’s best Alister Walker beat Ramy Ashour in the men’s final.[pe2-gallery] [/pe2-gallery]
Tarek Momen and Nour El Tayeb (with a massive 110-minute win in the final) make it an Egyptian double in Dublin’s Irish Open where Vanessa Atkinson retires, while on the Junior front England complete an U19 clean sweep in Switzerland where Nathan Lake seizes his last chance to finally win a big junior title.
Nicol marches on with victory in the Asian Individual Champs, but a surprise men’s winner gives Will Mather a headline opportunity not to be missed, “There can only be Wan” …
Finally, just as the snow retreats in Finland, England resume the tradition of double victory in the European Team Championships, beating their old foes the Dutch women and French men in the finals in Espoo. The last day really belonged to the Scots though, who consigned the Welsh to division two with “the Great Escape“, one of the most thrilling team wins ever, completing the required 4 x 3-0 win over the Czechs 12-10 in the fifth in the final match.