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Barfoot & Thompson Panmure Open

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$6,000 Barfoot & Thompson Panmure Open 2022, Panmure Squash Club, Auckland, New Zealand, PSA Challenger Tour 5

 

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Barfoot & Thompson Panmure Open
Men's Draw
13 - 15 May
Aukland, New Zealand, $6k

Final:
[1] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) bt [2] Temwa Chileshe (NZL) 11-9, 11-6, 11-9 (40m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) bt [4] Duncan Lee (MAS) 11-7, 11-5, 11-9 (45m)
[2] Temwa Chileshe (NZL) bt [3] Wee Ming Hock (MAS) 5-11, 13-11, 11-9, 3-11, 11-9 (55m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) bt [6] Anthony Lepper (NZL) 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 (40m)
[4] Duncan Lee (MAS) bt Amir Amirul (MAS) 11-5, 12-14, 11-8, 12-10 (45m)
[3] Wee Ming Hock (MAS) bt [8] Nicholas Calvert (AUS) 11-5, 6-11, 11-4, 12-10 (45m)
[2] Temwa Chileshe (NZL) bt [5] Hafiz Zhafri (MAS) 15-13, 11-7, 11-8 (45m)

1st round:
[1] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) bt Damon MacMillan (AUS) 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 (35m)
[6] Anthony Lepper (NZL) bt Benjamin Ratcliffe (AUS) 12-10, 11-3, 12-10 (40m)
Amir Amirul (MAS) bt [7] Sion Wiggin (NZL) 11-9, 11-3, 11-5 (35m)
[4] Duncan Lee (MAS) bt Glenn Templeton (NZL) 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 (30m)
[3] Wee Ming Hock (MAS) bt Allan Bailey (NZL) 11-2, 11-9, 11-3 (30m)
[8] Nicholas Calvert (AUS) bt Mason Smales (NZL) 11-7, 11-4, 5-11, 11-6 (45m)
[5] Hafiz Zhafri (MAS) bt Andrik Lim (MAS) 11-6, 15-13, 11-8 (40m)
[2] Temwa Chileshe (NZL) bt [WC] Elijah Thomas (NZL) 12-10, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5 (45m)

REPORTS

Seeds Fall On Women's 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.
 
Lwamba Downs Temwa In All-Chileshe Final


Lwamba Chileshe (right) with the Barfoot & Thompson Panmure Open

The final of the Barfoot & Thompson Panmure Open was a family affair, with the Chileshe brothers coming head-to-head. It was older brother Lwamba that took the victory, beating younger brother Temwa in straight games in the final.

Chileshe started his week at Panmure Squash Club with a confident straight games victory over Australiaís Damon Macmillan, before then defeating fellow New Zealander, and the tournamentís No.6 seed, Anthony Lepper, also in a three-game contest.

The World No.104 then took on Malaysiaís No.4 seed Duncan Lee in the semi-finals, and once again, he was able to come through unscathed, winning in straight games to advance to the final in Auckland.

Coming into the final, the elder of the two siblings had the 3-2 advantage of his younger brother, including winning in two finals last year, the Northland Open and the Morrinsville Open, but Temwa had won their last meeting, which came at the Val de Reuil Normandie earlier this year.

The final of the Barfoot & Thompson Panmure Open went the way of the elder brother, with Lwamba winning in straight games to come through the Challenger 3 level tournament without dropping a game, claiming his third title on Tour following those two victories last year.
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