Ford finishes a close second

TOP TRIO: Sandgate Junior Open runner-up Jacob Ford (left) with winner Nick Calvert and third placegetter Joel Arscott.
TOP TRIO: Sandgate Junior Open runner-up Jacob Ford (left) with winner Nick Calvert and third placegetter Joel Arscott.

JACOB Ford travelled to Brisbane to compete in the Sandgate Junior Open stepping up an age group to contest the under-19 boys division.

In the opening round Jacob proved too strong for his Stafford opponent with a straight games victory to move through to the semi-finals which were his first real test for the day.

Jacob opened the first game with tight play to the backhand court to take an early lead. His opponent, Joel Arscott lifted his game in the second to level the scores at one game each.

Jacob opened the third game keeping the ball tight with few angles to take the points and wrap up the next two games to reach the final.

The final shaped up with plenty of interest with Australian number four in under-19s Nick Calvert taking on Ford, ranked number one in the under-17s.

Calvert took an early lead with good placements, especially to the front backhand court catching Jacob stranded in the back court.

Calvert wrapping up the first and second games in a close score appeared ready to wrap up the match but Ford found his reserve and raised his consistency with some very long rallies before Jacob took the crucial points to clinch and drawback a game.

In the fourth game, Calvert controlled the play early moving Jacob to all parts of the court. This took its toll on Jacob and with a good lead appeared set to run away with the game but again Jacob found that extra lift, engaging in some exhausting rallies to draw back from 6-9 to level at 10-all. In the tie break Calvert used the front court quickly to close out the match in four games 11-9 11-8 7-11 12-10.

Jacob was pleased with his efforts however as the match play gave him plenty of confidence for the upcoming National Closed Tournament in Townsville starting on March 24.

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