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Johannesburg Open 2022


$3,000 Assore/Balwin Johannesburg Open 2022, Parkview Squash Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa, PSA Challenger Tour 3
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Johannesburg Open 2022
Men's Draw
02 - 05 Jun
Johannesburg, South Africa, $3k

[1] Dewald van Niekerk (RSA) bt [3] Sepehr Etemadpoor (IRI) 11-8, 8-11, 11-4, 11-6 (65m)

[1] Dewald van Niekerk (RSA) bt [7] Christo Potgieter (RSA) 11-6, 9-11, 11-3, 11-7 (45m)
[3] Sepehr Etemadpoor (IRI) bt [2] Jean-Pierre Brits (RSA) 11-9, 11-9, 11-6 (27m)

[1] Dewald van Niekerk (RSA) bt [5] Blessing Muhwati (ZIM) 11-6, 11-3, 11-8 (21m)
[7] Christo Potgieter (RSA) bt [4] Sami Ghasedabadi (IRI) 11-13, 11-6, 11-4, 11-8 (37m)
[3] Sepehr Etemadpoor (IRI) bt [8] Ruan Olivier (RSA) 11-7, 15-13, 11-3 (32m)
[2] Jean-Pierre Brits (RSA) bt [6] Tristen Worth (RSA) 11-6, 15-13, 11-5 (24m)
1st round:
[1] Dewald van Niekerk (RSA) bt Reuel Videler (RSA) 3-0: 11-6, 11-3, 11-5 (29m)
[5] Blessing Muhwati (ZIM) bt Ali Tajahmadi (IRI) 3-0: 11-1, 11-0, 11-1 (12m)
[7] Christo Potgieter (RSA) bt Tayne Turnock (ZIM) 3-0: 11-9, 11-2, 11-5 (23m)
[4] Sami Ghasedabadi (IRI) bt Gary Wheadon (RSA) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-8 (32m)
[3] Sepehr Etemadpoor (IRI) bt Abdelrahman Abdelkhalek (EGY) 3-0: 11-8, 11-8, 18-16 (58m)
[8] Ruan Olivier (RSA) bt [WC] Hayden Worth (RSA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-3, 11-4 (24m)
[6] Tristen Worth (RSA) bt Jonny Matthys (RSA) 3-0: 13-11, 11-6, 11-6 (28m)
[2] Jean-Pierre Brits (RSA) bt Sahand Kabirjabbari (IRI) 3-0: 11-2, 11-3, 11-1 (14m)

Johannesburg Open 2022
Women's Draw
02 - 05 Jun
Johannesburg, South Africa, $3k

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[2] Teagan Leigh Roux (RSA) bt Mariska Wiese (RSA) 8-11, 11-2, 11-1, 11-3 (14m)

[2] Teagan Roux (RSA) bt Mariska Wiese (RSA) 8-11, 11-2, 11-1, 11-3 (14m)
[WC] Cheyna Wood (RSA) bt [5] Yasshmita Jadishkumar (MAS) 11-5, 7-11, 11-4, 11-7 (21m)

[2] Teagan Roux (RSA) bt [6] Anam Mustafa Aziz (PAK) 11-3, 11-2, 11-2
Mariska Wiese (RSA) bt Tayla Diepenbroek (RSA) 11-8, 11-5, 12-10 (16m)
[WC] Cheyna Wood (RSA) bt Awande Malinga (RSA) 11-1, 11-4, 11-0 (21m)
[5] Yasshmita Jadishkumar (MAS) bt [1] Jenny Preece (RSA) 11-8, 11-9, 8-11, 13-11 (27m)

1st round:
2] Teagan Leigh Roux (RSA) bt Jess McDonald (RSA) 3-0: 11-3, 11-1, 11-4 (14m)
[6] Anam Mustafa Aziz (PAK) bt Elske Garbers (RSA) 3-1: 3-11, 14-12, 11-9, 11-6 (24m)
Tayla Diepenbroek (RSA) bt [8] Bongi Seroto (RSA) 3-0: 11-7, 16-14, 11-4 (30m)
Mariska Wiese (RSA) bt [4] Makgosi Peloakgosi (RSA) 3-0: 11-7, 11-6, 11-7 (22m)
Awande Malinga (RSA) bt [3] Shelomi Truter (RSA) 3-1: 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 11-9 (28m)
[WC] Cheyna Wood (RSA) bt [7] Kimberley McDonald (RSA) 3-0: 11-2, 11-2, 11-3 (21m)
[5] Yasshmita Jadishkumar (MAS) bt Savannah Ingledew (RSA) 3-1: 11-6, 3-11, 11-7, 11-6 (31m)
[1] Jenny Preece (RSA) bt Rachel Shannon (RSA) 3-0: 11-5, 11-8, 11-4 (23m)


Wood And van Niekerk Victorious

Wildcard Cheyna Wood and defending champion Dewald van Niekerk have claimed the titles at the Assore/Balwin Johannesburg Open, both winning four games in their respective finals at the Parkview Squash Centre.

Wood was featuring in a Tour event for the first time, and she came through the tournament as the wildcard in the womenís event, and she started off her week with a win over No.7 seed Kimberley McDonald, before then getting the better of Amanda Malinga in straight games in the last eight.

She then defeated No.5 seed Yasshmita Jadishkumar to make it through to the final, where the South African came up against compatriot and No.2 seed Teagan Leigh Roux. Wood lost the first game on a tie-break, but fought back to win the next three to claim victory in her maiden appearance on Tour.

In the menís event, top seed Dewald van Niekerk successfully defending the title he won in 2021, beating Iranian Sepehr Etemadpoor in a four game battle in the final.

Van Niekerk started his week with a straight games win over Reuel Videler, before then getting the better of Zimibabwean No.1 Blessing Muhwati in the quarter finals of the Challenger 3 level competition. After beating Christo Potgieter in four games in the semis, the South African moved through to the final.

The top seed came up against Etemadpoor, the tournamentís No.3 seed, in the final of the competition, and the pair were level after two games, with both taking one 11-8 each. However, from there it was all van Niekerk, with the South African dropping just ten points across the next two games to secure his first title of the season, and defend the crown he claimed last year.
Wildcard Wood Reaches Maiden Tour Final

As the wildcard for the womenís event, Cheyna Wood has made it into the final of the Assore/Balwin Johannesburg Open, reaching the final in her debut appearance on the Tour.

Wood, who had never featured in a Tour event before, downed the No.7 seed in the opening round of the competition, and she has not looked back since, going on to win two more matches en route to her first final. In the last four, she came up against Malaysiaís Yasshmita Jadishkumar, and although she lost the second game, she was in control for the majority of the contest, winning 3-1 to book her spot in the final.

There, she will meet the tournamentís No.2 seed Teagan Leigh Roux, after the South African got the better of compatriot Mariska Wiese, also in four games. She dropped the first 11-8, but won the next three games, dropping just six points across them all.

The menís final will see top seed and defending champion Dewald van Niekerk take on No.3 seed Sepehr Etemadpoor. The Iranian overcame the No.2 seed for the competition, Jean-Pierre Brits, in the semis, winning in straight games, while van Niekerk needed four games to down compatriot Christo Potgieter to make the final for a second straight year.

The finals of the Assore/Balwin Johannesburg Open will take place on Sunday, June 5, with the winners taking home the titles from the Challenger 3 level tournament at the Parkview Squash Centre.
Jadishkaumar Downs Top Seed Preece

The quarters of the Assore/Balwin Johannesburg Open threw up some surprises, but none bigger than Malaysiaís Yasshmita Jadishkumar getting the better of the top seed of the womenís tournament, Jenny Preece, to make it through to the last four.

The 17-year-old Malaysian took on the tournamentís top seed for a place in the semi-finals, and she seemed in control throughout the majority of the contest, running out into a two-game lead. Preece won the third but a tie-break win in the fourth secured victory for Jadishkumar. She will now face wildcard Cheyna Wood in the last four, after the South African downed Awanda Malinga in straight games.

The other womenís semi-final will see No.2 seed Teagan Leigh Roux and the unseeded Mariska Wiese go head-to-head , after the pair overcame the challenges of Pakistanís Anam Mustafa Aziz and South Africaís Tayla Diepenbroek, respectively.

In the menís event, South Africaís Christo Potgeiter caused the only upset of the quarter finals, as he defeated Iranís No.4 seed Sami Ghasedabadi in a four-game battle, fighting from behind after losing the first on a tie-break to win 3-1. He will face top seed Dewald van Niekerk in the last four, while the other semi-final will see South Africaís Jean-Pierre Brits and Iranís Sepehr Etemadpoor meet.

The semis of the Assore/Balwin Johannesburg Open will take place at the Parkview Squash Centre on Saturday, June 4, with the winners of todayís matches advancing to Sundayís finals.
Wildcard Wood Leads Surprise Results

The opening day of the Assore/Balwin Johannesburg Open saw a slew of surprises, all coming in the womenís event, with wildcard Cheyna Wood leading those through to the quarter finals fo the Challenger 3 level competition.

Wood took on No.7 seed Kimberley McDonald in the opening round of the tournament, and the South African spent just 21 minutes on court to overcome her compatriot, dropping just seven points in the process to book her spot in the last eight. She will now face another South African, in Awande Malinga, after she defeated No.3 seed Shelomi Truter in a four-game battle on Thursday afternoon.

There will also be another all-unseeded contest in the quarter finals, thanks to Tayla Diepenbroek and Mariska Wiese winning their respective opening round clashes. Wiese downed No.4 seed Makgosi Peloakgosi in the first round, while Diepenbroek defeated No.8 seed Bongi Seroto, with both winning through in straight games.

The top two seeds, in Jenny Preece and Teagan Leigh Roux, both safely came through their respective matches, also winning in three, to advance to the quarter where they will face Rachel Shannon and Jess McDonald, respectively.

There were no surprises in the menís event on the opening day, with the top eight seeds all winning their first round matches in straight games. Defending champion Dewald van Niekerk will now face Zimbabweís Blessing Muhwati in the last eight, with Iranís Sami Ghasedabadi and Sepehr Etemadpoor both also made it through.

The second day of the Challenger 3 level tournament will see the quarter finals take place at Parkview Squash Centre in Johannesburg, with the last eight doing battle for places in the semi-finals.
Assore/Balwin Johannesburg Open Preview

The first tournament to be held on South African soil for more than a year will take place this week, with the Assore/Balwin Johannesburg Open being held from Thursday, June 2 to Sunday, June 5 at the Parkview Squash Centre.

Defending champion Dewald van Niekerk will be the top seed in the menís draw, with compatriot Jean-Pierre Brits and the Iranian duo of Sepehr Etemadpoor and Sami Ghasedabadi making up the rest of the top four seeds. The South African quartet of Jenny Preece, Teagan Leigh Roux, Shelomi Truter and Makgosi Peloakgosi will head up the womenís draw.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow PSA Events on Twitter or Facebook, InstagramYouTube, TikTok and SQUASHTV.