New Zealand's Megan Craig beat home hope Lakeesha Rarere
in the final of the Women's Australia Day Challenge to win
the WSA Challenger 5 squash event at Ipswich PCYC Squash
Centre in Ipswich in the Australian state of Queensland
without dropping a game.
While the top-seeded Kiwi reached the final after brushing aside
Malaysia's Aika Azman in just 18 minutes, 17-year-old Rarere
- the third seed - pulled off a notable upset in the other semi when
she outlasted higher-ranked compatriot Lisa Camilleri, the
No.2 seed, 11-7, 11-8, 4-11, 11-13, 11-9 in 47 minutes.
"It's great to get an early win, it gives me a bit of confidence
going into a bit of a break,"
said 22-year-old Craig after her 11-7, 11-4, 11-4 title triumph in
"It was pretty hot out there, I didn't want to be out there too
"It's a great tournament,"
added the 2011 runner-up from Blenheim who crashed out at the
quarter-final stage last year. "I'm glad I
came back now."