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Barfoot & Thompson
Auckland/Oceania Open 2023

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$3,000 Barfoot & Thompson Auckland/Oceania Open 2023, North Shore Squash Club, Auckland, New Zealand, (also known as Auckland Open), PSA Challenger Tour 3
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 Barfoot & Thompson
Auckland/Oceania Open 2023
(also known as Auckland Open)
Men's Draw
18 - 21 May
Auckland, New Zealand, $3k

Final:
[3] Joseph White (AUS) bt [2] Temwa Chileshe (NZL) 11-9, 11-7, 3-11, 11-8

Semi-finals:
[3] Joseph White (AUS) bt [1] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) 11-8, 11-4, 2-11, 13-11
[2] Temwa Chileshe (NZL) bt [5] Tomotaka Endo (JPN) 11-8, 8-11, 11-3, 8-11, 11-4

Quarter-finals:
[1] Alex Haydon (AUS) bt Holly Shuja (NZL) 11-4, 11-7, 11-5
[6] Sophie Hodges (NZL) bt [3] Ella Lash (NZL) 7-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-9
[4] Abbie Palmer (NZL) bt [7] Maiden-Lee Coe (NZL) 11-4, 11-6, 11-4
Lana Harrison (NZL) bt [2] Winona-Jo Joyce (NZL) 11-7, 10-12, 11-1, 14-12

1st round:
[1] Alex Haydon (AUS) bt Lisa Ashton (NZL) 11-4, 11-2, 11-3
Holly Shuja (NZL) bt [8] Anabel Romero Gemmell (NZL) 11-5, 11-7, 11-4
[6] Sophie Hodges (NZL) bt Mackenzie Tait (NZL) 11-3, 11-5, 11-2
[3] Ella Lash (NZL) bt Tyler Duberly (NZL) 11-1, 11-5, 11-2
[4] Abbie Palmer (NZL) bt Annmarie Holst (NZL) 11-3, 11-2, 11-3
[7] Maiden-Lee Coe (NZL) bt Kayti Griffen (NZL) 11-6, 11-6, 11-9
Lana Harrison (NZL) bt [5] Anne Leakey (NZL) 11-8, 11-1, 11-4
[2] Winona-Jo Joyce (NZL) bt Charlotte Galloway (NZL) 11-9, 12-10, 10-12, 11-7

 Barfoot & Thompson
Auckland/Oceania Open 2023
(also known as Auckland Open)
Women's Draw
18 - 21 May
Auckland, New Zealand, $3k

Final:
Lana Harrison (NZL) bt [1] Alex Haydon (AUS) 4-11, 4-11, 11-8, 15-13, 14-12 (60m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Alex Haydon (AUS) bt [6] Sophie Hodges (NZL) 11-3, 11-2, 11-7
Lana Harrison (NZL) bt [4] Abbie Palmer (NZL) 11-7, 11-9, 11-13, 11-9

Quarter-finals:
[1] Alex Haydon (AUS) bt Holly Shuja (NZL) 11-4, 11-7, 11-5
[6] Sophie Hodges (NZL) bt [3] Ella Lash (NZL) 7-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-9
[4] Abbie Palmer (NZL) bt [7] Maiden-Lee Coe (NZL) 11-4, 11-6, 11-4
Lana Harrison (NZL) bt [2] Winona-Jo Joyce (NZL) 11-7, 10-12, 11-1, 14-12

1st round:
[1] Alex Haydon (AUS) bt Lisa Ashton (NZL) 11-4, 11-2, 11-3
Holly Shuja (NZL) bt [8] Anabel Romero Gemmell (NZL) 11-5, 11-7, 11-4
[6] Sophie Hodges (NZL) bt Mackenzie Tait (NZL) 11-3, 11-5, 11-2
[3] Ella Lash (NZL) bt Tyler Duberly (NZL) 11-1, 11-5, 11-2
[4] Abbie Palmer (NZL) bt Annmarie Holst (NZL) 11-3, 11-2, 11-3
[7] Maiden-Lee Coe (NZL) bt Kayti Griffen (NZL) 11-6, 11-6, 11-9
Lana Harrison (NZL) bt [5] Anne Leakey (NZL) 11-8, 11-1, 11-4
[2] Winona-Jo Joyce (NZL) bt Charlotte Galloway (NZL) 11-9, 12-10, 10-12, 11-7
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Final

White and Harrison Victorious At North Shore

Joseph White (centre left) and Lana Harrison (centre right) with the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland/Oceania Open trophies
Joseph White (centre left) and Lana Harrison (centre right) with the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland/Oceania Open trophies

Australiaís Joseph White and New Zealandís Lana Harrison were the victors this week at the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland/Oceania Open.

Harrison came into the womenís Challenger 3 level competition at the North Shore Squash Club as the defending champion, but she was unseeded for this yearís edition of the tournament. That would not stop the Kiwi, as she downed four of the top five seeds to take the title for a second year in succession.

She started her campaign with a confident victory against No.5 seed Anna Leakey, dropping just 13 points in a straight games win. That was followed by a four-game victory over No.2 seed Winona-Jo Joyce. She battled back after losing the second game on a tie-break to win in four.

In the semi-finals, Harrison took on No.4 seed Abbie Palmer, and once again, she downed her higher-ranked compatriot. She won the opening two games, but then lost the third 13-11. However, she fought back to win the fourth to advance to the final.

She took on Australiaís Alex Haydon in the final, and quickly found herself two games down, as the tournamentís top seed won both the first and second by 11-4 scorelines. Harrison won the third game, but then had to save match balls in the fourth, winning a tie-break 15-13. She then had to save more match balls in the fifth, before going on to win the title, taking it 14-12 in the deciding game.

In the menís event, Australiaís Joseph White came through from being the No.3 seed, downing the top two seeds in the Challenger 5 level competition to take the crown in Auckland.

The Aussie started his week with a straight games victory against Mason Smales, before then defeating another Kiwi, in Elijah Thomas, in four games in the quarter finals. He recovered from losing the third 16-14, to go on to win the fourth 13-11 to secure the victory.

He came up against top seed Lwamba Chileshe, the defending champion, in the last four. It went to four games, but White moved through to the final, and then took on the younger of the Chileshe siblings, No.2 seed Temwa. The final was another four-game contest, and it was the Aussie that came out on top, to take the title, his second on Tour.
 
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Lwamba Chileshe, the defending men's champion, in action at last year's event
Lwamba Chileshe, the defending men's champion, in action at last year's event

The first event of the Oceanic winter season on the Challenger Tour will be the Barfoot & Thompson Auckland/Oceania Open, which begins on Thursday, May 18.

The event will feature a Challenger 5 level menís draw, and a Challenger 3 level womenís draw, with both reigning champions in action. The Kiwi duo of Lwamba Chileshe and Lana Harrison were victorious on home soil at North Shore Squash Club in last yearís edition.

Chileshe will be the top seed in the menís event, and he is seeded to meet younger brother Temwa in an all-New Zealand final this week in Auckland. Two other Kiwis will among the top eight seeds, in Anthony Lepper and Elijah Thomas.

The Kiwi quartet will be joined by Malaysiaís Darren Rahul Pragasam, Australian Joseph White, Japanís Tomotaka Endo and Hong Kongís Andes Ling to make up the rest of the eight seeds for the menís Challenger 5 level competition.

Four New Zealand juniors, in Apa Fatialofa, Oliver Dunbar, Flynn Venmore and Freddie Jameson, will be the wildcards in the menís event this week at North Shore.

Australiaís Alex Haydon will be the top seed in the womenís draw, and as the lone member of the worldís top 100 in action. She will also be the only player in the draw not to hail from the host nation, with the other 15 women playing in their native New Zealand.

Winona-Jo Joyce, Ella Lash and Abbie Palmer will be Haydonís Nearest contenders in terms of seeding, while defending champion Harrison will be unseeded for the competition. She will take on No.5 seed Anne Leakey in the opening round.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected events will also be streamed live on SQUASHTV.
 

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