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Tennis: Willcox lifts title hat-trick.

SECOND seed Peter Willcox won his third national title this week when he beat fourth seed Daniel Tunstall 6-3, 6-4 in the men's singles final at the National Deaf Tennis Championships at the Welsh National Tennis Centre in Cardiff.

Willcox, 21, won the title twice in 1999 and 2000 before finishing runner-up in the last two finals to Anthony Sinclair.

With both players looking for their third national crown, Tunstall drew first blood when he broke serve in the fifth game of the first set, only for Tiverton's Willcox to break back straight away.

Willcox broke again in the eighth game and then converted his second set point in his next service game to take the set 6-3.

In the second set it was Willcox who took the initiative, breaking Tunstall in the third game, but the Scot broke back immediately to level proceedings.

After another exchange of service breaks in the in the sixth and seventh games, Willcox secured a further break in the ninth game to leave himself with the task of serving out for the Championship.

Last year's runner-up and top seed Catherine Graham (Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire) claimed her first national singles when she beat Alex Simmons (Marcham, Oxfordshire) in the ladies singles final 6-3, 6-4.

In the mixed doubles final, second seeds Tunstall and Simmons defeated top seeds Sinclair and Graham 6-4, 7-6 to give the winners some consolation for their earlier singles defeats.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:May 28, 2003
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