Jones wins World Grand Prix title

Published: Friday 5th December 2014 by The News Editor

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Olympic champion Jade Jones was crowned World Grand Prix champion on Thursday night with a convincing victory over world number one Eva Calvo Gomez in Queretaro, Mexico.

The triumph saw the 21-year-old Briton end a year-long hoodoo against Gomez, with the Spaniard having come out on top in a series of previous Grand Prix finals.

Jones was on the offensive from the start and made great use of the video appeal, twice calling for headshots to be scored – and calling it right both times.

With a 7-0 cushion at the start of the third, it looked comfortable for Jones, but Gomez did not let up and twice came close to scoring with reverse headshots. The Spaniard did pull back to 7-3, but Jones covered well and finally claimed the title she has been chasing – and valuable ranking points in the process.

“It’s amazing to have finally won the Grand Prix,” she said. “And to take the series final as well, I’m buzzing.

“Eva is a great opponent and we’ve had some great battles. I always find her awkward and difficult and it’s affected me in the past – more than it should have. But I’ve kept telling myself to relax, to enjoy myself more and to think of Rio as the main aim and that helped me today.

“I really took it to her today and I was so pleased with the Mexican crowd. They cheered so loud when I won both of my video appeals and that made me even more positive.

“It’s great to finish the year on such a high and I can’t wait to go home and celebrate with my family and friends.”

Published: Friday 5th December 2014 by The News Editor

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