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New Zealand Classic 2016







New Zealand Classic 2016
09-12 Jun
Palmerston North, $15k
Round One
09 jun
10 jun
11 jun
[1] Paul Coll (NZL)
11-8, 11-6, 11-3
[Q] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS)
Paul Coll
11-0, 11-8, 4-4 ret.
James Huang
Paul Coll
9/11, 11/5, 7/11, 11/5, 11/9
Ivan Yuen
Paul Coll
11/5, 11/7, 11/1
Rex Hedrick
[LL] Kashif Shuja (NZL)
11-9, 7-11, 4-11, 14-12, 11-7
[8] James Huang (TPE)
[5] Peter Creed (WAL)
11-4, 11-3, 11-6
[WC] Luke Jones (NZL)
Peter Creed
12-10, 11-3, 12-10
Ivan Yuen
[Q] Ashley Davies (ENG)
11-7, 11-5, 11-4
[3] Ivan Yuen (MAS)
[4] Angus Gillams (ENG)
7-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-7
Lance Beddoes (NZL)
Angus Gillams
11-7, 11-8, 11-9
Joshua Masters
Joshua Masters
11/13, 14/12, 11/5, 4/11, 14/12
Rex Hedrick
[Q] Matias Tuomi (FIN)
11-7, 11-1, 11-8
[6] Joshua Masters (ENG)
[7] Joshua Larkin (AUS)
8-11, 11-6, 11-8, 9-11, 12-10
[Q] Eain Yow Ng (MAS)
Eain Yow Ng
11-8, 11-7, 11-9
Rex Hedrick
Evan Williams (NZL)
11-9, 11-5, 11-1
[2] Rex Hedrick (AUS)


Results – Final Qualifying Round: Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers New Zealand PSA Classic 2016
5] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) bt Addeen Idrakie (MAS) 3-0: 11-5, 12-10, 11-7
[4] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt [3] Ben Grindrod (NZL) 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 13-11
[2] Ashley Davies (ENG) bt [6] Kashif Shuja (NZL) 3-2: 11-8, 15-13, 10-12, 9-11, 11-5
[1] Matias Tuomi (FIN) bt [7] David Clegg (AUS) 3-0: 11-6, 14-12, 11-8

Results – First Qualifying Round: Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers New Zealand PSA Classic 2016
ddeen Idrakie (MAS) bt Jason van der Walt (NZL) 3-1: 10-12, 11-4, 11-1, 11-9
[5] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS) bt Sion Wiggin (NZL) 3-0: 11-2, 11-7, 14-12
[4] Eain Yow Ng (MAS) bt [L] Zac Millar (NZL) 3-0: 11-9, 11-8, 11-8
[3] Ben Grindrod (NZL) bt [L] Scott Galloway (NZL) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-9
[2] Ashley Davies (ENG) bt Chang Wook Woo (KOR) 3-0: 11-8, 11-7, 11-9
[6] Kashif Shuja (NZL) bt [8] Elliot Selby (ENG) 3-0: 12-10, 11-7, 11-7
[7] David Clegg (AUS) bt [L] Corbin Faint (NZL) 3-1: 11-4, 8-11, 11-3, 11-4
[1] Matias Tuomi (FIN) bt [L] Stephen Bennett (NZL) 3-0: 11-8, 11-4, 11-9




Coll Captures NZ Classic Crown

World No.34 Paul Coll swept passed Australia’s Rex Hedrick on home soil in the final of the Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers New Zealand PSA Classic, PSA M15 tournament to capture the ninth PSA World Tour title of his career.

Coll came into the tournament off the back of a runner-up finish at the recent HKFC International, and outlined his title credentials early on as he scythed through Mohd Syafiq Kamal and James Huang in the early stages, before recovering from 2-1 down to defeat Malaysia’s Ivan Yuen in a dramatic semi-final encounter.

Hedrick, meanwhile, chartered a similar course to the final, with routine 3-0 wins over Evan Williams and Eain Yow Ng, and the 27-year-old also prevailed in a five-game semi-final, this time against England’s Joshua Masters.

Coll and Hedrick had met six times previously on the PSA World Tour, with Hedrick triumphing in each fixture. Coll seemed determined to bring an end to that run though as he came out on top in a frantic opening game, grinding out an 11-5 win to take the lead.

The second game followed in a similar vein, with tense, fast-paced rallies being par for the course. With the scores poised delicately around the mid-way point, Coll eventually pulled away after wowing the gathered spectators in Palmerston North with some trademark dives, one of which saw him pick up a blood injury at 10-7 up, resulting in a short break in proceedings.

After returning to the court, Coll closed out the second game quickly, before romping to victory in the third for the loss of just one point to wrap up the victory and capture his first PSA World Tour crown of 2016.

“It was a fast paced game and my lungs were really feeling it," said Coll.

"I was able to recover in between points and I was glad to come out on top in three games. It was my first win over Rex and I have played him a fair bit, he used to dominate when I played the Aussie circuit.”
Masters Moves Past Gillams In NZ Classic


World No.81 Joshua Masters remains in with a chance of claiming back-to-back PSA World Tour titles for the first time in his career after overcoming number four seed Angus Gillams in an all-English quarter-final clash in the Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers New Zealand PSA Classic, PSA M15 tournament held in Palmerston North.

The pair were meeting for the first time on the PSA World Tour and played out a tight three-game match, with sixth seed Masters, who recently won the Austrian Open, taking it 11-7, 11-8, 11-9 to reach his fourth semi-final of 2016.

He will line up against second seed Rex Hedrick for a place in the final, with Hedrick dispatching Malaysian qualifier Eain Yow Ng. Eain was coming off the back of a shock win against Joshua Larkin in the previous round, but Hedrick’s long and structured rallies proved to be too much for the 18-year-old and he closed out the victory in straight games.

Top seed and home favourite Paul Coll has also advanced to the last four after a dominant display against James Huang, in which he went a game ahead without even dropping a point. An accidental collision in the third forced Huang off court and, despite returning briefly, the World No.96 was ultimately forced to retire, handing Coll the win.

“You never like that to happen to your opponent, and he showed great sportsmanship to come back on and try to carry on,” said Coll.

Malaysia’s Ivan Yuen stands between the New Zealander and a place in the final after he beat Peter Creed of Wales by a 3-0 scoreline. Yuen was pushed to tie-breaks in both the first and third games after a dogged performance from Creed, but pushed the victory over the line to set up a semi-final meeting with Coll – who won the most recent meeting between the pair in last month’s HKFC International.
Coll Claims NZ Classic Quarter-final Berth


Title favourite Paul Coll swept through to the quarter-final stage of the Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers New Zealand PSA Classic, PSA M15 tournament after dispatching Malaysian qualifier Mohd Syafiq Kamal in straight games on day one of the main draw action.

World No.37 Coll, the only New Zealander to advance past the opening round, dominated proceedings in Palmerston North and romped to an 11-8, 11-6, 11-3 victory to book his place in the last eight.

“I got off to a slow start, but settled into my work well and was pleased to get off the court in three games,” said Coll.

“I have had a heavy schedule of late and after this New Zealand series of tournaments I will definitely be taking a break.”

Up next for Coll is a fixture with number eight seed James Huang after he dispatched home hope Kashif Shuja in a brutal five-game encounter. Despite losing in the qualifying stages, Shuja received lucky loser status after a main draw withdrawal and nearly made the most of his good fortune, with the 36-year-old went 2-1 up. Huang took the fourth on the tie-break though and managed to outlast his opponent in the fifth to progress.

Defending champion Rex Hedrick was also in action as he locked horns with New Zealand’s Evan Williams, who had won his last two PSA World Tour events. World No.99 Williams failed to maintain his strong form though, and a number of unforced errors contributed to a 3-0 defeat in Hedrick’s favour, with the Australian set to face qualifier Eain Yow Ng after he dispatched seventh seed Joshua Larkin.

Elsewhere, Malaysia’s Ivan Yuen downed England’s Ashley Davies in straight games, and his reward is a quarter-final clash with Peter Creed courtesy of the Welshman’s comfortable win over wildcard Luke Jones.

Angus Gillams and Joshua Masters are the other participants in the last eight, and will face off in an all-English affair after they achieved respective victories against Lance Beddoes and Matias Tuomi.
Tuomi Takes Out Clegg To Reach Main Draw


Number one qualifying seed Matias Tuomi moved through to the main draw of the Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers New Zealand PSA Classic as the curtain was brought down on the final round of qualifying at the PSA M15 tournament.

Tuomi, the World No.128 from Finland, dominated the early exchanges to take a one-game lead, but was almost pegged back in the second game after being forced all the way to a tie-break. He pulled through though and came out on top in the third game as well to close out an 11-6, 14-12, 11-8 victory that ensures he will compete in the main draw. The 30-year-old will line up against England’s Joshua Masters for a place in the quarter-final, with Masters looking to follow up the Austrian Open title he won in his last appearance on the PSA World Tour.

Ashley Davies will join Tuomi and Masters in the main draw after the World No.136 overcame the experienced New Zealander Kashif Shuja in a thrilling five-game encounter. Davies fought hard to go two games ahead, only to see 36-year-old Shuja dig in his heels and battle back to all square. With the home crowd behind Shuja, Davies came up with an assured display in the decider, and took it for the loss of five points to wrap up the win and set up a a main draw meeting with Malaysia’s Ivan Yuen.

Elsewhere, Ben Grindrod succumbed to the same fate as compatriot Shuja on home soil after he went down in straight games to Eain Yow Ng. Eain is set to face Australia’s Joshua Larkin in the opening round of the main draw.

Shuja has been handed another lifeline, however. India’s Mahesh Mangaonkar was forced to pull out of the main draw, meaning Shuja was granted lucky loser status, and he will go head-to-head with James Huang in round one.

Mohd Syafiq Kamal and Addeen Idrakie went up against each other in an all-Malaysian affair, with the former prevailing courtesy of a 3-0 triumph. Kamal has the distinction of facing top seed and home favourite Paul Coll in the next round, with Coll likely to be roared on by a partizan crowd.
New Zealand Pair Grindrod And Shuja Sail Into Final Qualifying Round


New Zealand duo Ben Grindrod and Kashif Shuja sealed their places in the final qualifying round of the Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers New Zealand PSA Classic, PSA M15 tournament after respective wins against Scott Galloway and Elliot Selby on the first day of qualification action.

Grindrod was making his first appearance since last month’s Squash Waikato Open where he reached the semi-final, and followed up his performances there with a routine victory against compatriot Galloway courtesy of an 11-7, 11-7, 11-9 scoreline.

Malaysia’s Eain Yow Ng looks set to provide stern competition to Grindrod in the next round after the number three qualifying seed dispatched Zac Millar in comfortable style. Eain lifted silverware on the PSA World Tour as recently as April, and will meet Grindrod for the first time professionally.

Shuja, meanwhile, came up against England’s Selby, younger brother of World No.20 Daryl, and came out on top in a crucial opening game tie-break to go 1-0 up. The 36-year-old engineered some breathing space for himself in the next two games though and rose to a deserved 3-0 triumph to set up a final qualifying round clash with World No.136 Ashley Davies, who saw off Chang Wook Woo of South Korea.

Top qualifying seed Matias Tuomi was also in action and swept to a straight games win over Stephen Bennett. He will take on Australia’s David Clegg for a place in the main draw after Clegg axed Corbin Faint in four.

The other final qualifying round fixture sees Mohd Syafiq Kamal pitted against Addeen Idrakie in an all-Malaysian affair, with respective wins against Sion Wiggin and Jason van der Walt seeing them progress past the first round.