Fitzpatrick shows grit in triumph

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Anna Fitzpatrick won in straight sets but it took two hours 38 minutes Anna Fitzpatrick won in straight sets but it took two hours 38 minutes

Former Woodhouse Grove pupil Anna Fitzpatrick has made a great start to 2012.

The 22-year-old won the first AEGON British Tour event of the year at Billesley Tennis Centre.

The women’s final only lasted two sets but was a 2hr 38min marathon as top seed Fitzpatrick defeated Stephanie Cornish 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (8-6).

Fitzpatrick, ranked 460 in the world, captured the first set on a tie-break and held a match point at 5-2, 5-3 and 5-4 in the second set.

However, fifth seed Cornish, staged a gritty comeback to hold a set point of her own in the second set tie-break before Fitzpatrick took it on her fourth match point.

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