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Donna Lobban celebrates her victory in Edinburgh

Edinburgh Open: Lobban Completes Five-Game Run to the Title

Australia’s World No.37 Donna Lobban ends a two-year wait for a PSA title as she claimed the Edinburgh Sports Club Open title after defeating England’s Julianne Courtice in the final.

The 33-year-old has endured a long road back to playing after suffering with a serious knee injury in 2018 that required surgery. However, Lobban has been showing signs of getting back to her best recently and proved that in Scotland with a strong week.

Lobban had already survived two five game thrillers to reach the final, while second seed Julianne Courtice had enjoyed an easier passage to the final.

Despite a good start to the first from Lobban, Courtice pegged it back to take the lead 11-6. The Australian fought back to take the next two 11-9 but when Courtice claimed the fourth 11-7 Lobban was looking at a third successive decider.

The World No.37 eased ahead, 8-5, before Courtice closed to 6-8 but Lobban pulled away again and unlike her previous matches it only took one match ball for the Australian to claim her first ESC Open title 11-8 in 56 minutes.

“It's been a tough week,” admitted the new champion.

“I've had some tough battles and I was really hanging on there at times. I wish I had Jules' racket skills, but I managed to get through in the end. When I think that this time last year I was learning to walk again, I'm really delighted to have come back and to win this title feels really special.”

[5] Donna Lobban (AUS) bt [2] Julianne Courtice (ENG) 3-2: 6-11, 11-9, 11-9, 7-11, 11-8 (54m)

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