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22/06/2015
NZ Southern Open 2015

  NZ Southern Open 2015
Women's Draw
16-21 Jun, Invercargill, NZ, $10k
Click here for Men's Draw
Round One
18 Jun
Quarters
19 Jun
Semis
20 Jun
Final
21 Jun
[1] Siyoli Waters (Rsa)
11-6, 11-6, 14-12 (23m)
[Q] Danielle Fourie (Nzl)
Siyoli Waters
11-7, 5-11, 11-4, 11-9 (34m)
Sina Wall
Siyoli Waters
8-11, 11-9, 10-12, 11-2, 12-10 (52m)
Megan Craig
Megan Craig
6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 (38m)
 Misaki Kobayashi
[7] Sina Wall (Ger)
6-11, 11-3, 11-0, 11-8 (28m)
[Q] Hwayeong Eum (Kor)
[8] Lakeesh Rarere (Aus)
11-9, 11-13, 11-7, 11-6 (40m)
Jessica Turnbull (Aus)
Jessica Turnbull
11-3, 11-3, 11-7 (20m)
Megan Craig
[4] Megan Craig (Nzl)
11-3, 11-7, 11-4 (20m)
[Q] Yura Choi (Kor)
Selena Shaikh (Aus)
11-3, 11-4, 11-4 (17
[3] Amanda Landers-Murphy (Nzl)
Amanda Landers-Murphy
12-10, 11-4, 11-9 (38m)
Christine Nunn
Amanda Landers-Murphy
11-9, 6-11, 11-6, 11-9 (42m)

Misaki Kobayashi
Hyo Ju Seo (Kor)
11-7, 11-3, 11-1 (17m)
[5] Christine Nunn (Aus)
Jasmine Chan (Aus)
11-4, 11-7, 11-7
[6] Sarah Cardwell (Aus)
Sarah Cardwell
11-7, 11-4, 5-11, 11-7 (35m)
Misaki Kobayashi
Abbie Palmer (Nzl)
11-3, 11-2, 11-8
[2] Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn)
RESULTS: Women's Invercargill Licensing Trust NZ Southern Open
Invercargill, New Zealand

Kobayashi Conquers Craig For NZ Crown

Providing the perfect omen for Squash just hours before the sport was shortlisted for inclusion in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Japan's top-ranked player Misaki Kobayashi won the Women's Invercargill Licensing Trust NZ Southern Open in New Zealand against expectations.

It was after upsetting top-seeded South African Siyoli Waters in the semi-finals of the WSA Challenger 10 event at Squash City Invercargill in Invercargill that second seed Kobayashi, the record six-time Japanese national champion from Yokohama, lined up against Kiwi hope Megan Craig, the No.4 seed from Blenheim, in the final.

It was the first meeting between world No.36 Kobayashi and the reigning New Zealand champion, ranked 13 places lower (both pictured above).

Craig, winner of her first Tour event on home soil only a week earlier, took the opening game. But the Japanese star bounced back to take the next three to record her 6-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-5 title triumph in 38 minutes.

"I'm really happy to end the season with a win - and happy with the coolest trophy I've ever got too," exclaimed 25-year-old Kobayashi after securing the eighth WSA World Tour title of her career.

"This win means a lot to me as squash still has a huge chance to get into the Olympics and I hope my result will encourage the Olympic committee members to know that there is bright future for squash and a real chance for a Japanese athlete to win a medal if it gets into 2020!"
md

  NZ Southern Open 2015
Men's Draw
16-21 Jun, Invercargill, NZ, $10k
Round One
18 Jun
Quarters
19 Jun
Semis
20 Jun
Final
21 Jun
[LL] Matias Tuomi (Fin)
11-7, 8-11, 11-9, 4-0 rtd
[Q] Kashif Shuja (Nzl)
Matias Tuomi
11-6, 12-10, 11-4
Tsz Fung Yip
Tsz Fung Yip
11-8, 11-4, 11-8 (33m)
Lance Beddoes
Tsz Fung Yip
4-11, 8-11, 11-7, 11-4, 11-7 (52m)
Raphael Kandra
[6] Tsz Fung Yip (Hkg)
12-10, 11-3, 11-6 (27m)
[Q] Chris Binnie (Jam)
[4] Harinderpal Sandhu (Ind)
11-9, 6-11, 15-13, 8-11, 11-8 (70m)
Lance Beddoes (Nzl)
Lance Beddoes
10-12, 11-0, 8-11, 11-3, 11-7 (66m)
Martin Knight
[3] Martin Knight (Nzl)
11-6, 7-11, 8-11, 11-9, 11-7 (70m)
[Q] Chris van der Salm (Nzl)
[wc] Ben Grindrod (Nzl)
11-9, 11-5, 11-5 (26m)
[2] Raphael Kandra (Ger)
Raphael Kandra
11-9, 11-4, 12-10 (39m)
James Huang
Raphael Kandra
11-1, 13-11, 11-9 (37m)
Paul Coll
Matthew Serediak (Can)
11-3, 11-7, 11-6 (23m)
[7] James Huang (Tpe)
[Q] Evan Williams (Nzl)
11-5, 11-7, 11-8 (35m)
[5] Paul Coll (Nzl)
Paul Coll
7-11, 12-10, 12-10, 3-11, 12-10 (83m)
[1] Campbell Grayson
[8] Matthew Hopkin (Aus)
11-9, 12-10, 1-0 (rtd)
[1] Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
RESULTS: Men's Invercargill Licensing Trust NZ Southern Open
Invercargill, New Zealand

 

 

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