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31/07/2016
Victorian Open 2016

 

REPORTS

 

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DRAW

Victorian Open 2016
Men's Draw
02-07 Aug
Melbourne, Australia, $10k

First Round
03 Aug
second Round
04 Aug
Quarters
05 Aug
Semis
06 Aug
Final
07 Aug
[1] Joe Lee (ENG)
11-5, 11-6, 11-7 (36m)
Patrick Miescher (SUI)
Joe Lee
11-7, 11-6, 11-4 (33m)
Elvinn Keo
Joe Lee
11/0, 11/8, 11/8 (35m)
Arthur Gaskin
Joe Lee
 11/8, 11/4, 12/10 (59)
Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu
Joe Lee
11-1, 8-4 ret. (28m)
Rex Hedrick
Elvinn Keo (MAS)
9-11, 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 (29m)
Remo Handl (SUI)
Thomas Calvert (AUS)
11-6, 10-12, 11-2, 11-5 (38m)
David Clegg (AUS)
Thomas Calvert
11-8, 11-6, 11-4 (41m)
Arthur Gaskin
[6] Arthur Gaskin (IRL)
11-7, 11-2, 11-3 (38m)
Dimitri Steinmann (SUI)
[7] Evan Williams (NZL)
11-4, 11-9, 11-3 (21m)
Courtney West (AUS)
Evan Williams
11-6, 11-6, 11-4 (26m)
Vincent Droesbeke
Evan Williams
9/11, 11/2, 11/2, 11/7 (51m)
Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu
[Q] Vincent Droesbeke (FRA)
12-10, 12-10, 11-8 (33m)
Ravi Dixit (IND)
 (NZL)
8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-9 (45m)
Mithran Selvaratnam (MAS)
Lance Beddoes
11-7, 11-8, 5-11, 11-6 (47m)
Harinder Pal Singh
Sandhu
[3] Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu (IND)
11-4, 11-7, 11-7 (26m)
[Q] Connor Sheen (ENG)
[4] Reiko Peter (SUI)
13-11, 11-4, 11-0 ret. (25m)
[Q] Syed Azlan Amjad (QAT)
Reiko Peter
11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (32m)
Rhys Dowling
Reiko Peter
10/12, 5/11, 11/3, 11/4, 11/6 (60m)
Kush Kumar
Kush Kumar
 11/5, 11/7, 11/5 (45m)
Rex Hedrick
Rhys Dowling (AUS)
11-2, 11-3, 11-5 (23m)
[WC] Jason Holmes (AUS)
[Q] Sandeep Ramachandran (IND)
8-11, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 (36m)
Rhys Dowling (AUS)
Sandeep
Ramachandran

11-5, 11-8, 11-8 (18m)
Kush Kumar
[8] Kush Kumar (IND)
11-4, 11-2, 7-11, 11-7 (42m)
Ko Youngjo (KOR)
[5] Joel Makin (WAL)
11-9, 11-3, 11-3 (22m)
[Q] Darren Chan (MAS)
Joel Makin
11-5, 11-6, 11-8 (33m)
Ben Grindrod
Joel Makin
3/11, 14/12, 11/3, 11/3 (75m)
Rex Hedrick
Ben Grindrod (NZL)
11-6, 12-10, 8-11, 11-8 (37m)
[Q] Vivian Rhamanan (SIN)
[Q] Luke Jones (NZL)
11-2, 11-7, 11-7 (21m)
Steven Liu (MAC)
Luke Jones
11-5, 11-1, 11-4 (28m)
Rex Hedrick
[2] Rex Hedrick (AUS)
11-9, 11-7, 11-4 (40m)
[Q] Jong Myoung Park (KOR)

Qualifying

Results – Qualifying Round: Men’s Victorian Open 2016
[4] Vivian Rhamanan (SIN) bt Daehoon Jeong (KOR) 3-0: 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 (27m)
[L] Darren Chan (MAS) bt [8] Luca Wilhelmi (SUI) 3-1: 10-12, 11-9, 11-8, 12-10 (39m)
[6] Connor Sheen (ENG) bt [L] Tyler Hawkins (AUS) 3-0: 11-3, 11-2, 11-5 (19m)
[3] Sandeep Ramachandran (IND) bt [L] Caillin Austin (AUS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-8, 11-7 (26m)
[2] Jong Myoung Park (KOR) bt [L] Dominique Ratcliffe (AUS) 3-0: 11-8, 11-5, 11-9 (22m)
[5] Luke Jones (NZL) bt [L] Rodney Martin (NZL) 3-1: 11-8, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9 (45m)
[7] Vincent Droesbeke (FRA) bt Darcy Evans (AUS) 3-2: 11-4, 1-11, 2-11, 11-7, 11-5 (52m)
[1] Syed Azlan Amjad (QAT) bt [L] Nathan Lindner (AUS) 3-1: 11-4, 4-11, 11-1, 11-3 (30m)
 

Victorian Open 2016
Women's Draw
02-07 Aug
Melbourne, Australia, $10k
Round One
04
Aug 
Quarters
05 Aug
Semis
06 Aug
Final
07 Aug
[1] Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND)
11-6, 11-6, 11-2 (24m)
[Q] Teh Min Jie (MAS)
Dipika Pallikal Karthik
7/11, 11/6, 11/4, 11/8 (40m)
Megan Craig
Dipika Pallikal Karthik
11/4, 11/4, 11/2 (24m)
Nouran El Torky
Dipika Pallikal Karthik
6-11, 11-4, 3-11, 11-7, 11-9 (80m)
Millie Tomlinson
[8] Megan Craig (NZL)
11-4, 5-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-8 (43m)
[WC] Tamika Saxby (AUS)
[5] Misaki Kobayashi (JPN)
11-5, 14-16, 8-11, 11-5, 12-10 (73m)
Sarah Cardwell (AUS)
Misaki Kobayashi
11/5, 11/6, 7/11, 11/9 (46m)
Nouran El Torky
Nouran El Torky (EGY)
11-6, 11-7, 11-8 (32m)
[3] Christine Nunn (AUS)
[4] Nele Gilis (BEL)
11-6, 11-7, 4-11, 11-5 (40m)
[Q] Rachel Arnold (MAS)
Nele Gilis
8/11, 11/9, 11/6, 11/9 (64m)
Mayar Hany
Mayar Hany
11/3, 12/10, 3/11, 9/11, 11/7 (57m)
Millie Tomlinson
[6] Mayar Hany (EGY)
11-5, 11-2, 8-11, 11-8 (36m)
[Q] Danielle Letourneau (CAN)
[7] Siyoli Waters (RSA)
11-8, 11-8, 6-11, 7-11, 12-10 (53m)
Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL)
Siyoli Waters
11/8, 11/6, 11/4 (30m)
Millie Tomlinson
[2] Millie Tomlinson (ENG)
11-5, 11-6, 11-2 (27m)
[Q] Hana Ramadan (EGY)

Qualifying

Results – First Qualifying Round:
[
1] Teh Min Jie (MAS) bt Samantha Foyle (AUS) 3-0: 13-11, 11-1, 11-7
[7] Lakeesha Rarere (AUS) bt Selena Shaikh (AUS) 3-0: 11-2, 11-5, 11-5
[6] Hana Ramadan (EGY) bt [L] Taylor Flavell (AUS) 3-0: 11-2, 11-5 11-4
Stephanie Wighton (AUS) bt [4] Reyna Pacheco (USA) 3-1: 11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 11-2
[3] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) bt Jasmine Chan (AUS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-2, 11-8
[5] Sachika Ingale (IND) bt [L] Grazia Guida (AUS) 3-0: 11-7, 11-2, 11-6
Samantha Calvert (AUS) bt [8] Liu Kwai Chi (MAC) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-4
[2] Rachel Arnold (MAS) bt Elspeth Young (SCO) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-9
 


 

 

REPORTS

Tomlinson and Lee Lift Victorian Open Titles

Millie Tomlinson and Joe Lee triumphed in Melbourne to capture the 2016 Victorian Open, PSA W10 & M10 titles, respectively at the Mulgrave Country Club, with Tomlinson claiming the biggest win of her career against World No.19 Dipika Pallikal Karthik in the Women's final.

Tomlinson has been in stunning form throughout 2016, winning four PSA World Tour titles in addition to building up a 16-match unbeaten run that came to an end in last month’s Bendigo International to Egyptian teenager Hana Ramadan.

But the 24-year-old Englishwoman bounced back in style, exacting revenge over Ramadan in the first round before seeing off South Africa’s Siyoli Waters and sixth seed Mayar Hany to set up a final fixture with Pallikal Karthik, who dropped just a single game, against Megan Craig in the last eight, en route to the final.

Pallikal Karthik made a strong start to the encounter, controlling the early rallies to take a one-game lead. An improved showing from Tomlinson in the second saw the World No.44 battle back to level the scores and both players then took a game each to set up a climactic fifth game decider.

The title looked to be heading in Indian No.2 Pallikal Karthik’s direction after she went 5-0 and then 9-5 up, but a virtuoso fightback from Tomlinson saw her take six points in succession to close out a highly entertaining 6-11, 11-4, 3-11, 11-7, 11-9 victory to win her maiden W10 crown.

“It was definitely a difficult final,” said Tomlinson.

“After the first game, I didn’t think I was ever going to win it, but I’m glad that I stayed strong mentally and stayed focused. I think in the first game especially I was overthinking it a bit, so I got a bit nervous and that just made everything fall apart. I think you’ve just got to go back to basics, and make sure you’re getting your length and when you have got your opportunity, you take it in.”

The Men’s final saw top seed Lee go head-to-head with long-term friend and home hope Rex Hedrick after they achieved respective wins over Indian duo Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu and Kush Kumar in the semi-final stage.

Lee, the World No.52, came out on top of a number of long, patient rallies in the opening game to go ahead for the loss of just a solitary point before Hedrick started working his way back into the match in the second game.

However, a hamstring injury sustained by Hedrick after a gruelling rally at 8-4 down saw the number two seed unable to continue, handing Lee his first PSA World Tour title in over two years.

“Of course it’s never the way that you want to win, especially against a good friend like Rex, but I’ll take it,” Lee said.

“I’ve had my share of bad luck along the way as well, so you have got to take it and move on. It’s not nice to be injured, we’ve all been there. I think he has had more than his fair share of trouble with his hamstrings, so hopefully it is nothing too serious and he can be back on court [at the Australian Open] tomorrow, which might be a bit tough for him.

“Hopefully he is doing everything he can to be involved next week, but he has looked after me extremely well this week. He has literally done everything for me and I have been staying with his parents, so he deserves a bit better to be honest.”
 
El Torky Eliminates Nunn In Surprise Women’s Victorian Open Victory

#PSAWorldTour

Egyptian World No.54 Nouran El Torky stunned home hope Christine Nunn on the opening day of main draw action at the Victorian Open, PSA W10 tournament to become the only non-seeded player to reach the quarter-final.

El Torky, who is ranked 17 places below Nunn on the World Rankings, rattled off a succession of winners to complete an 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 and progress to the last eight.

Up next for El Torky is a meeting with Japan’s Misaki Kobayashi, who came back from 2-1 down against Sarah Cardwell.

Indian No.2 Dipika Pallikal Karthik made her first appearance of the 2016/17 season and got off to a successful start after defeating Malaysia’s Teh Min Jie to set up a quarter-final clash with New Zealand’s Megan Craig, who beat wildcard Tamika Saxby to ensure that there would be no local players to make it through to the next round.

Number two seed Millie Tomlinson got revenge for her defeat against Hana Ramadan in last week’s Bendigo International by downing the Egyptian in straight games. Tomlinson will line up against South Africa’s Siyoli Waters for a place in the last four after she emerged from a frenetic five-game thriller against Amanda Landers-Murphy.

Belgium’s Nele Gilis is also through to the quarter-final thanks to her 3-1 victory against Malaysian qualifier Rachel Arnold. The 20-year-old now turns her attentions to sixth seed Mayar Hany, who beat Canada’s Danielle Letourneau to reach the next round.
 
Hedrick Sole Aussie Left In Men’s Victorian Open

#PSAWorldTour

Second seed Rex Hedrick is flying the flag for his native Australia after moving through to the last eight of the Victorian Open, PSA M10 tournament courtesy of a 3-0 win over New Zealand qualifier Luke Jones in Melbourne.

World No.57 Hedrick, who bowed out at the second round stage of last year’s tournament, was in fine fettle throughout the 28-minute encounter and powered to victory by an 11-5, 11-1, 11-4 scoreline.

Hedrick will take on number five seed Joel Makin in the quarter-final as he looks to exact revenge for his defeat to the Welshman during the 2015 instalment of this tournament. Makin sealed his place in the last eight thanks to a routine 3-0 win over Ben Grindrod and will clash with Hedrick for the second time on the PSA World Tour.

Rhys Dowling and Thomas Calvert were the other Australians on show on the second day of action, but they succumbed to respective defeats against Switzerland’s Reiko Peter and Ireland’s Arthur Gaskin.

Peter will take on 20-year-old Indian Kush Kumar for a place in the semi-final after Kumar defeated compatriot Sandeep Ramachandran, while Gaskin is set to face top seed Joe Lee, who axed Elvinn Keo.

World No.84 Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu and New Zealand’s Evan Williams will contest the other quarter-final fixtures, with Sandhu seeing off Beddoes and Williams dispatching July PSA Player of the Month Vincent Droesbeke.
 
Seeds Sweep Through In Victorian Open First Round

#PSAWorldTour

All eight seeded players in the Victorian Open, PSA M10 tournament emerged unscathed from the opening day of main draw action with India’s Kush Kumar being the only seed to drop a game inside Melbourne’s Mulgrave Country Club.

Kumar, appearing at his first PSA World Tour event since March, lined up against South Korea’s Ko Youngjo in round one and quickly built up a two-game lead. Youngjo threatened a comeback after prevailing in the third, but an assured Kumar responded and the 20-year-old claimed victory in game four to wrap up an 11-4, 11-2, 7-11, 11-7 triumph.

Up next for Kumar is a meeting with compatriot Sandeep Ramachandran, the qualifier who overcame Rohan Toole.

Title favourite Joe Lee is also through to the second round after axing Switzerland’s Patrick Miescher in straight games to set up a fixture with Malaysia’s Elvinn Keo, who ousted Remo Handl.

World No.57 Rex Hedrick, the highest ranked Australian at the tournament, has also progressed to round two courtesy of a routine victory over Jong Myoung Park and he will take on Luke Jones, with Jones following up his qualifying win over 1991 World Champion Rodney Martin with victory against Macau’s Steven Liu.

Meanwhile, Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu made his first appearance on the PSA World Tour since January’s J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions and he dispatched England’s Connor Sheen. Sandhu will lock horns with Lance Beddoes for a place in the last eight, with Beddoes seeing off Malaysia’s Mithran Selvaratnam to advance.
 
Australian Trio Seal Final Qually Spots In Women’s Victorian Open

#PSAWorldTour

Australian World No.104 Lakeesha Rarere led two more of her compatriots through the opening qualifying round of the Victorian Open, PSA W10 tournament on home soil in Melbourne’s Mulgrave Country Club.

The 19-year-old took on fellow Australian Selena Shaikh in her fixture and wasted no time in dispatching her opponent, who is ranked a place above Rarere in the World Rankings, by an 11-2, 11-5, 11-5 margin of victory.

Rarere will line up against top qualifying seed Teh Min Jie in the next round after she swept past Samantha Foyle in straight games.

Stephanie Wighton and Samantha Calvert were the other Australians to advance to the final round of qualifying courtesy of respective wins against Reyna Pacheco and Rachel Arnold.

Wighton will go head-to-head with Egypt’s Hana Ramadan in the next round, with Ramadan coming off the back of winning the Bendigo International last week. Calvert, meanwhile, will take on second qualifying seed Rachel Arnold for a place in the main draw.

Canada’s Danielle Letourneau and India’s Sachika Ingale will do battle in the other final qualifying round clash after they moved past Jasmine Chan and Grazia Guida, respectively.
 
Former World Champ Martin Returns In Victorian Open Qualifying

#PSAWorldTour

1991 World Champion Rodney Martin made a brief return to the PSA World Tour in the qualification stage of the Victorian Open, PSA M10 tournament, narrowly losing 3-1 to New Zealander Luke Jones at the Mulgrave County Club in Melbourne, Australia.

The 50-year-old, who retired in 1994, became only the second Australian Men’s World Champion when he defeated the legendary Jahangir Khan 25 years ago and was also a three-time British Open finalist.

Martin dropped the opening game to Jones, who is 31 years his junior, but battled back to draw level after taking the second. However, his revival was short-lived and Jones, who wasn’t born when Martin triumphed at the World Championship, eventually got back on top, claiming an 11-8, 9-11, 11-5, 11-9 victory to reach the main draw where he will take on Macau’s Steven Liu.

There was to be no luck either for the rest of the Australian contingent in the qualifying stages as they all fell to defeats, with Darcy Evans coming the closest to reaching the main draw after coming out on the wrong end of a hard-fought five-game battle with July PSA Player of the Month Vincent Droesbeke. The Frenchman will take on India’s Ravi Dixit in round one of the main draw.

Elsewhere, Nathan Lindner exited at the hands of Qatar’s Syed Azlan Amjad, while Dominique Ratcliffe, Caillin Austin and Tyler Hawkins were also casualties, losing to Jong Myoung Park, Sandeep Ramachandran and Connor Sheen, respectively.

Amjad will take on Reiko Peter in the main draw, while Park and Ramachandran have respective fixtures against Rex Hedrick and Rohan Toole in store. Sheen’s reward, meanwhile, is a meeting with World No.84 Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu.
 

 

 

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