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Kelly Sibley wins Grand Prix singles crown in Nottingham

Steve Carpenter 3rd Feb, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

TOP seed Kelly Sibley lived up to billing as she won the women’s singles final at the Nottingham Grand Prix.

The Leamington ace won all of her group matches and dropped only one game along the way to reach the quarter-finals where she defeated Emily Bolton 3-0.

England international colleague Tin-Tin Ho awaited in the semi-finals and Sibley held off her young team-mate 3-1 (11-6, 11-13, 11-6, 11-3) to go into the final against number three seen Italian Chiara Colantoni.

The final was an entertaining match for spectators as the pair traded blows, with few points to separate them.

Sibley was able to secure the key points en route to a 2-0 lead before Colantoni closed the gap by taking the third.

The Italian also saved two match points in the fourth, but Sibley was not to be denied as she took her third chance to complete a 3-1 (12-10, 11-8, 6-11, 13-11) victory – her second Grand Prix title of the season after winning in South Shields in December.