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Alicia Mead

Pontefract Ladies Challenger: Mead Secures First PSA Title

England’s Alicia Mead has won the AS Insurance Services Ltd Pontefract Ladies Challenger to secure the maiden title of her career, thanks to a straight games victory over Torrie Malik in the final.

The event was run with domestic-only entrants due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, meaning only those currently living in the United Kingdom were allowed to participate at Pontefract Squash and Leisure Club this week.

Mead came into the event as the No.2 seed, and after seeing the top seed be knocked out in the opening round, by her eventual final opponent, in Malik, she became the favourite for the crown.

The young Englishwoman, who currently occupies the World No.89 spot in the World Rankings, got the better of Asia Harris in the first round, before then overcoming Scotland’s Katriona Allen to reach the semi-finals of the Challenger 3 event.

She continued her run through the tournament with a 20-minute victory over No.4 seed Grace Gear in the semi-finals, before coming up against Malik in the final. Once again, though, Mead won in three games to go through to entire event without dropping a game, and in doing so, claiming her first PSA crown.

Results: AS Insurance Services Ltd Pontefract Ladies Challenger
Final
[2] Alicia Mead (ENG) bt Torrie Malik (ENG) 3-0: 11-9, 11-7, 11-9 (25m)

Semi-Finals
[2] Alicia Mead (ENG) bt [4] Grace Gear (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-7, 11-5 (20m)
Torrie Malik (ENG) bt [3] Georgia Adderley (SCO) 3-1: 11-6, 11-8, 6-11, 13-11 (40m)

Quarter-Finals
[2] Alicia Mead (ENG) bt [6] Katriona Allen (SCO) 3-0: 14-12, 11-4, 11-8 (25m)
[4] Grace Gear (ENG) bt [8] Katie Wells (ENG) 3-2: 6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-13, 11-9 (45m)
[3] Georgia Adderley (SCO) bt [WC] Grace Clark (ENG) 3-1: 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 12-10 (45m)
Torrie Malik (ENG) bt [5] Charlotte Jagger (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (20m)

Round One
[2] Alicia Mead (ENG) bt Asia Harris (ENG) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 11-9 (20m)
[6] Katriona Allen (SCO) bt Polly Clark (ENNG) 3-2: 13-11, 14-12, 7-11, 5-11, 13-11 (63m)
[8] Katie Wells (ENG) bt Sofia Aveiro Pita (POR) 3-0: 11-4, 11-1, 11-1 (22m)
[4] Grace Gear (ENG) bt Kiera Marshall (ENG) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 13-11 (25m)
[3] Georgia Adderley (SCO) bt Saran Nghiem (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-8, 11-7 (25m)
[WC] Grace Clark (ENG) bt [7] Sanne Veldkamp (NED) 3-2: 11-8, 11-2, 8-11, 8-11, 11-9 (55m)
[5] Charlotte Jagger (ENG) bt Tayla Mounter (ENG) 3-2: 11-1, 9-11, 9-11, 11-3, 11-4 (34m)
Torrie Malik (ENG) bt [1] Lily Taylor (ENG) 3-2: 9-11, 11-3, 11-3, 8-11, 11-8 (35m)

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