THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER FINALLY FOR HAPPY SINGLETON
Callum Singleton made it third time lucky by over coming English team mate, Craig Lauder, to win the Under 23’s WEPF World singles title.
The Northampton player recovered from 7-5 down to beat Lauder 8-7 and end recent disappointments.
Earlier this year Singleton lost 8-7 to Anton Cuschieri in the European Championship final at the same Blackpool venue.
And five years ago he again suffered 15th frame agony against Joe Connor in the Junior world final.
“I thought I had a chance before I came here but I never thought I would come and finally do it,” said happy Singleton.
“When I was 7-5 down I thought it was going to be another one of them. But it was obviously meant to be.
“I just dug deep and got the win,” added Singleton, a 7-5 semi-final winner against Josh Kane. Lauder defeated Amine Bounif of Morocco in the other semi-final.
“I just thought the momentum of the match will change at some point,” he said of his final predicament. “And it did change.
“From 7-5 down once I got to 7-6 I just thought ‘one more and I will give myself a chance.’
Singleton, who succeeds Giuseppe D’Imperio as Under 23’s champion, also had a scare against Ireland’s Barry Sinnott in the last 16, recovering from 5-3 down to win 6-5.
Unlucky Lauder also had to settle for second best in the Under 23 team final as Ireland came from 4-2 down to beat England B 5-4 with frame wins from Jordan Synnott, Jordan Doyle and Jamie Gaffney.
Aaron Cooper and Adam Bassoo completed the England line-up.
|Trevor Baxter - Press Officer|