November 27, 2019

Ross Montgomery, Laura Turner, Tony Martin and Aileen de Graaf all enjoyed success in Italy this weekend.

Montgomery, just a week after winning the Czech Open, took his second title of the year by winning the CAT A Men's Finder Italian Grand Masters. He faced World Number 1 Wesley Harms in the final, beating the in-form Dutchman 6-3.

Montgomery had a tough run to the final, overcoming challenges from Mario Vandenbogaerde, Jim Williams and Richard Veenstra before lifting the prestigious Grand Masters title. Harms had an equally tough group, beating 2018 Italian Open Champion Martin Adams, Benjamin Pratnemer and Nick Kenny in the semi-finals.

In the ladies event, number two seed Turner took a 5-3 win over 2018 champion Aileen de Graaf in the final. Turner took a narrow 4-3 win over Lincolnshire ladies captain Paula Jacklin, whilst de Graaf secured her place in the final with a 4-1 over fellow Dutch player Priscilla Steenbergen.

Sunday's Italian Open, now in its 5th year, saw Tony Martin back to winning ways, taking his second ranking tournament  of the year. Martin's win came at the expense of Thibault Tricole, beating the Frenchman 6-2 in the final. 

Martin enjoyed a 5-1 win over his Clwyd teammate Mike Warburton in the semi-finals, whilst Tricole overcame Nick Kenny 5-4, who made his second semi-final of the weekend despite carrying a foot injury. 

The Ladies Italian Open saw the same four players reach the semi-final stages - with Turner and de Graaf once again overcoming Jacklin and Steenbergen to reach the final. This time, de Graaf retained her 2018 title, beating Turner 5-3.