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WR&FC’s Toby Penty crowned Scottish Open Grand Prix champion

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Toby Penty crowned Scottish Open Grand Prix champion!

Toby Penty couldn’t hide his emotion after a terrific performance secured his third title of the year at the Scottish Open Grand Prix.

The 13th seed went up against 16th seed Lucas Corvee in the men’s singles final in Glasgow, producing a 21-14 24-22 victory over the Frenchman.

Penty looked the more confident player right from the off and attacked throughout the match, with Corvee’s excellent defence keeping him in it at times.

The pair were level-pegging in the first game at 9-9 but Penty’s aggression eventually told and a run of five consecutive points proved crucial.

The second was a much closer affair with the lead swapping several times, but Penty finally relaxed for the final few points, enabling him to close out the set.

“It is pretty amazing,” said Penty. “At the start of the week I certainly did not expect to go all the way and win it.

“It is just an unbelievable feeling and I had goosebumps at the end.

“I have had that walking on the court but I have never had it at the end of a match so it is a new feeling for me and I am over the moon to have won this title.

“I learned a lot from my semi-final match, I needed to be more dominant from the off and show I was up for it from the get-go and show I was not nervous, even though I was inside.

“I think I did that so I am really happy.”

The win is further cause for celebration for the 25-year-old after he won both the Kharkiv and Swedish Internationals earlier in the year.

Penty has enjoyed a wonderful tournament at the Emirates Arena and came from behind to beat Denmark’s Rasmus Gemke 14-21 21-14 21-17 in the semi-final on Saturday.

After that last-four encounter Penty spoke about feeding off the energy from the crowd, and made clear that it was a similar story in the final.

“The crowd were great with me today,” he added. “I did not know what to expect with the whole Scotland and England rivalry and I was wearing all white so I didn’t help myself!

“But they were really good to me and fed off me, they gave me that little lift to get through the end because he was tired and I was tired.

“I did not want to play a third!”