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Masters Lifts Austrian Open Crown


English number three seed Joshua Masters captured the second PSA World Tour title of his career after a fine 3-0 victory over Portugal’s Rui Soares in the final of the 2016 Austrian Open, PSA M5 tournament.

The World No.83 from Maidstone opened up his event with wins over Czech qualifier Daniel Mekbib and Bermuda’s Micah Franklin, before sweeping past top seed Sebastiaan Weenink in style. Soares, meanwhile, came through an almighty five-game semi-final with Frenchman Baptiste Masotti, recovering from 2-1 down to book his place in the final.

Masters came flying out of the traps and exhibited some fine control of the court as he sought to seize the early initiative against an opponent ranked 74 places behind him in the World Rankings.

He took the opener 11-7 and followed that up by doubling his advantage for the loss of five points in game two.

Soares came out fighting in the third but it was to no avail as Masters held firm to close out an 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 win to claim the title just three days after his 21st birthday.

“I’m very happy, I have had a really good year so far,” said Masters.

“I played really well and it was a great tournament for me. Now I have to put my racket aside for a bit to study for some exams at University. I am not looking forward to it, but it has to be done.”

Result – Final: Austrian Open 2016
[4] Joshua Masters (ENG) bt [6] Rui Soares (POR) 3-0: 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (39m)

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