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Barfoot & Thompson Aukland Open

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Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Open 2022, North Shore Squash Club, Auckland, New Zealand,Challenger Tour 5

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B&T Aukland Open
Men's Draw
19 - 22 May
Aukland, New Zealand, $6k

Final:
[1] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) bt [2] Temwa Chileshe (NZL) 3-1: 10-12, 11-4, 11-6, 11-7

Semi-finals:
[1] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) bt [9/16] Amir Amirul (MAS) 11-9, 11-2, 12-10 (35m)
[2] Temwa Chileshe (NZL) bt [5] Duncan Lee (MAS) 11-5, 12-10, 11-9 (35m)

Quarter Finals:
[1] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) bt [6] Hafiz Zhafri (MAS) 3-1: 7-11, 11-2, 13-11, 11-5 (45m)
Amir Amirul (MAS) bt [7] Anthony Lepper (MAS) 3-1: 11-9, 11-6, 10-12, 11-9 (40m)
[5] Duncan Lee (MAS) bt [3] Zac Millar (NZL) 3-2: 7-11, 10-12, 11-5, 11-5, 11-7 (45m)
[2] Temwa Chileshe (NZL) bt [8] Sion Wiggin (NZL) 3-0: 11-3, 11-6, 11-9 (30m)
2nd round:
[1] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) bt Benjamin Ratcliffe (AUS) 3-1: 12-10, 11-4, 8-11, 11-8 (45m)
[6] Hafiz Zhafri (MAS) bt Damon Macmillan (AUS): Walkover
[7] Anthony Lepper (NZL) bt Andrik Lim (MAS) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-6 (35m)
Amir Amirul (MAS) bt [4] Wee Ming Hock (MAS) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-1 (35m)
[3] Zac Millar (NZL) bt Jerome Aw (SGP) 3-1: 11-6, 11-9, 11-13, 11-4 (45m)
[5] Duncan Lee (MAS) bt Chris van der Salm (NZL) 3-1: 5-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-5 (35m)
[8] Sion Wiggin (NZL) bt Mason Smales (NZL) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-4 (35m)
[2] Temwa Chileshe (NZL) bt Nicholas Calvert (AUS) 3-0: 11-7, 11-8, 11-7 (40m)

1st round:
[1] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) bye
[9/16] Benjamin Ratcliffe (AUS) bt Allan Bailey (NZL) 11-4, 11-8, 11-7 (35m)
[9/16] Damon MacMillan (AUS) bt Oliver Dunbar (NZL) 11-9, 11-2, 11-7 (35m)
[6] Hafiz Zhafri (MAS) bye
[7] Anthony Lepper (NZL) bye
[9/16] Andrik Lim (MAS) bt Paul Moran (NZL) 11-7, 11-1, 11-3 (30m)
[9/16] Amir Amirul (MAS) bt Apa Fatialofa (NZL) 11-3, 11-3, 11-5 (30m)
[4] Wee Ming Hock (MAS) bye
[3] Zac Millar (NZL) bye
Jerome Aw (SGP) bt [9/16] Glenn Templeton (NZL) 11-3, 11-6, 8-11, 11-2 (40m)
Chris van der Salm (NZL) bt [9/16] Elijah Thomas (NZL) 10-12, 11-9, 5-11, 11-6, 11-8 (50m)
[5] Duncan Lee (MAS) bye
[8] Sion Wiggin (NZL) bye
[9/16] Mason Smales (NZL) bt Michael Shelton-Agar (NZL) 11-0, 9-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-7 (50m)
[9/16] Nicholas Calvert (AUS) bt Tom Marshall (NZL) 11-9, 11-6, 11-0 (35m)
[2] Temwa Chileshe (NZL) bye

B&T Aukland Open
Women's Draw
19 - 22 May
Aukland, New Zealand, $3k

Final:
Lana Harrison
(NZL) bt [1] Abbie Palmer (NZL) 3-0: 11-8, 11-9, 11-7

Semi-finals:
[1] Abbie Palmer (NZL) bt [4] Shasmithaa Nityanandan (MAS) 11-4, 11-5, 11-13, 11-4 (40m)
Lana Harrison (NZL) bt Maiden-Lee Coe (NZL) 11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (35m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Abbie Palmer (NZL) bt [6] Katie Templeton (NZL) 3-0: 11-3, 11-3, 11-3 (35m)
[4] Shasmithaa Nityanandan (MAS) bt Rachel McLeod (NZL) 3-1: 10-12, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 (40m)
Maiden-Lee Coe (NZL) bt Anne Leakey (NZL) 3-1: 11-7, 11-5, 5-11, 11-5 (35m)
Lana Harrison (NZL) bt [7] Winona-Jo Joyce (NZL) 3-0: 11-6, 12-10, 13-11 (35m)
1st round:
[1] Abbie Palmer (NZL) bt Sophie Fadaely (AUS) 11-6, 11-4, 11-1 (30m)
[6] Katie Templeton (NZL) bt Darsyanaa Ravintharan (MAS) 9-11, 14-12, 11-9, 10-12, 13-11 (45m)
Rachel McLeod (NZL) bt [8] Jannis Lam (HKG) 7-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-5 (35m)
[4] Shasmithaa Nityanandan (MAS) bt Jena Gregory (NZL) 11-6, 11-6, 11-3 (30m)
Anne Leakey (NZL) bt [3] Vinikasheinie Kulasegaran (MAS) 11-9, 10-12, 6-11, 12-10, 11-8 (45m)
Maiden-Lee Coe (NZL) bt [5] Vitrikashenie Kulasegaran (MAS) 17-15, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8 (40m)
[7] Winona-Jo Joyce (NZL) bt Dora Galloway (NZL) 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (30m)
Lana Harrison (NZL) bt [2] Ella Lash (NZL) 11-5, 11-3, 11-3 (30m)

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Chileshe Doubles Up, Harrisonís Maiden Title


Lana Harrison and Lwamba Chileshe

The Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Open came to a conclusion on Sunday at the North Shore Squash Club, with Lana Harrison and Lwamba Chileshe picking up the titles.

The Challenger 5 level menís crown was taken by Lwamba Chileshe, as he doubled up after his victory at the Barfoot & Thompson Panmure Open last week, where he defeated younger brother Temwa Chileshe in the final.

The same would occur this week at North Shore Squash Club, with the World No.104 overcoming Australiaís Benjamin Ratcliffe in the second round, before then beating Malaysiaís Hafiz Zhafri and Amir Amirul to make it through to the final.

In a repeat of the same stage seven days earlier in Panmure, Chileshe took on his younger sibling for the title, and he fell behind on this occasion, with Temwa taking the first on a tie-break 12-10. However, from there it was all Lwamba, with the Kiwi winning the next three games comfortably, to secure his second title of the season.

The womenís event, which culminated in a Challenger 3 level prize, saw a surprise winner, with the unseeded Lana Harrison coming through the field, defeating both of the top two seeds, en route to the victory, what was her first on Tour.

She started off with a win over the tournamentís No.2 seed, Ella Lash, beating her fellow New Zealander in straight games inside half an hour, before then getting the better of No.7 seed Winona-Jo Joyce in the quarter finals to make it through to the last four.

In the semis, the Kiwi got the better of another compatriot, in the unseeded Maiden-Lee Coe, who had also taken down seeds to make the last four of the competition. However, it was Harrison who advanced, winning in three, to meet top seed Abbie Palmer in the final. Once again, she got the job done, taking down the top seed to secure her maiden crown.
 
Unseeded Harrison Through, Chileshes To Meet Again

The finals of the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Open are set, with an unseeded player making it through to the last day of the competition, while a pair of siblings will meet in a final for the second straight week.

Lana Harrison came into the tournament unseeded, but the New Zealander has shone throughout the week at North Shore Squash Club, and she got the better of Maiden-Lee Coe in straight games to book her spot in the final, where she will face the tournamentís top seed.

Abbie Palmer will be her opponent, as the only seeded player not to fall by the wayside throughout the competition. The World No.163 overcame Malaysiaís Shasmithaa Nityanandan, the No.4 seed in the draw, to win in four games, despite losing a tie-break in the third. She won in 40 minutes, and will contest the final in Auckland with Harrison.

The menís final will see a repeat of the final at the Barfoot & Thompson Panmure Open last weekend, with brothers Lwamba and Temwa Chileshe set to do battle once again. Older brother Lwamba, the top seed, defeated Malaysiaís Amir Amirul in straight games to make it through, while Temwa got the better of Duncan Lee, also in three, to advance.

The finals of the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Open will take place on Sunday, May 22 at the North Shore Squash Club, with the winners of the Challenger 5 and 3 level tournaments being crowned.
Quartet Cause Upsets To Make Last Four

The quarter finals of the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Open threw up some more surprises, with four of the eight players making it through to their respective semi-finals took down higher-ranked opposition at the North Shore Squash Club.

The womenís final is guaranteed to have an unseeded player in the final, as Maiden-Lee Coe and Lana Harrison both won in the last eight to set up a meeting in the semis. Coe took on Anna Leakey, another unseeded woman, in the quarter finals of the tournament, and she took victory in four games, winning 11-7, 11-5, 5-11, 11-5 in 35 minutes.

The Kiwi will now face compatriot Lana Harrison in the last four, after the New Zealander followed up her win over the No.2 seed to defeat No.7 seed Winona-Jo Joyce in straight games. After winning the first comfortably, Harrison then had to go to tie-breaks to claim both the second and third games, but she battled through to advance to the semi-finals.

In the menís event, Malaysiaís Amir Amirul got the better of a seeded player for the second day in succession, downing No.7 seed Anthony Lepper in a four-game battle to advance to the last four. The Malaysian won the first two games, before losing the third on a tie-break, but he was able to regroup to take the fourth 11-9 to book his spot in the semis, where he will face top seed Lwamba Chileshe.

Younger brother Temwa will also be in the semis, with the No.2 seed coming up against No.5 seed Duncan Lee. The Malaysian booked his spot in the last four after beating No.3 seed Zac Millar, fighting back from two games down to win in five. Lee lost the second on a tie-break to find himself on the brink of going out of the competition, but won the next three games 11-5, 11-5, 11-7 to win in under an hour, booking his spot in the last four.

The semi-finals of the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Open will take place at North Shore Squash Club on Saturday, May 21, where places in the finals will be battled for between the remaining four players in both draws.
 
Amirul Gatecrashes Quarter Finals

The second round of the menís event at the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Open saw a single shock, with Malaysiaís Amir Amirul getting the better of compatriot Wee Ming Hock to reach the quarter finals of the Challenger 5 level competition.

Amirul took on the tournamentís No.4 seed in the last 16 of the tournament, and needed just over half an hour on court to get the better of his fellow Malaysian, winning 11-7, 11-6, 11-1 to move through to the quarter finals, where he will now face No.7 seed Anthony Lepper.

Elsewhere, top seed Lwamba Chileshe had to come through a tough four-game fight to take his place in the quarter finals, as he got the better of Australiaís Benjamin Ratcliffe. The Kiwi will now take on Malaysiaís Hafiz Zhafri in the last eight.

The quarter finals of both the menís and womenís events at the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Open will take place on the evening of Friday, May 20, with the last eight in both draws doing battle for places in the semi-finals.
 
Seeds Fall On Opening Day

It was a busy first day at the North Shore Squash Club, with 16 matches taking place in the first round of the Barfoot and Thompson and Auckland Open, and there were several shock results.

There were four seeding upsets in the womenís first round, with two of the top four seeds being dumped out of the tournament. Lana Harrison overcame No.2 seed Ella Lash in straight games, beating her fellow New Zealander in just half an hour, and dropping only eleven points in the process.

Anne Leakey got the better of No.3 seed Vinikashenie Kulasegaran in a pulsating five-game battle, coming back from 2-1 down to take the victory in her first ever match on the PSA Challenger Tour. The Kiwi found herself behind after a strong start from the Malaysian, but Leakey won the fourth game on a tie-break 12-10, before then going on to win the deciding game 11-8 to seal the win, to advance to the last eight.

She will now face Maiden-Lee Coe, another unseeded Kiwi teenager, after the New Zealander got the better of the other Malaysian sibling, Vitrikashenie Kulasegaran. The first was a lengthy tie-break, which went the way of the 16-year-old New Zealand 17-15. Kulasegaran then levelled the match with a win in the second, but Coe went on to win the next tow games to secure the win, to take her place in the last eight.

New Zealandís Rachel McLeod was the other woman to cause a seeding upset on the opening day of the tournament, as she got the better of Hong Kongís Wing Hei Jannis Lam in a four-game battle, coming from behind after losing the first game to win 3-1 and reach the quarter finals.

There were also a couple of surprise results in the menís event, with Singaporeís Jerome Aw and New Zealandís Chris van der Salm both overcoming higher-ranked opponents to reach the second round. Aw downed Glenn Templeton, while the Kiwi got the better of compatriot Elijah Thomas.

The second day of the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland Open will feature both the second round and quarter finals of the menís event, along with the quarters of the womenís event, with action from North Shore Squash Club on Friday, May 20.
 
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