Australian Nationals 2003
11-13 July
, Bendigo, Australia

Men's Final:
[1] Cameron White bt [2] Mark Price  15/9, 15/13, 15/5
Women's Final:
[1] Sarah Fitz-Gerald bt [3] Dianne Desira  9/1, 9/6, 9/4


Five times world champion, Sarah Fitz-Gerald, added the inaugural Australian Closed Women’s Championships silverware to her overflowing trophy cabinet, when she defeated fellow Melburnian Dianne Desira, 9/1, 9/6, 9/4, in the Victorian regional city of Bendigo.

"It's been a great experience playing in the first Australian Nationals and I am delighted to have won this special title," said Fitz-Gerald.

"I feel very passionately about playing for and in Australia and I am glad to be able to support the national governing body in this way.  Hopefully my attendance will have given the event and the sport a little boost here," Sarah added

Although, as expected, Fitz-Gerald totally dominated the Women's event in Bendigo, Sarah was pleasantly surprised by the fighting spirit shown by the 21-year-old World No39.

"The future of Australian women's squash lies in the hands of youngsters such as Desira and my semi-final opponent, 20-year-old Amelia Pittock," said the World Champion at the presentations.

The Men’s Championship final was also an all Victorian affair, with World no 62, Cameron White, overpowering Mark Price, younger brother of world no 21, Paul - 15/9, 15/13, 15/5. White, who is looking towards his third consecutive State title in September, overcame a resilient Price to down the world no 103 in a 55 minute encounter.

Men's Final:
[1] Cameron White bt [2] Mark Price  15/9, 15/13, 15/5

[1] Cameron White bt Byron Davis  11/15, 15/3, 15/5, 15/7
[2] Mark Price bt Mark Ikin  15/13, 15/12, 14/15, 4/15, 15/13

[1] Cameron White bt Luke Margan  15/11, 10/15, 15/13, 15/12
Byron Davis bt Wade Johnstone  15/13, 16/17, 15/11, 15/10
Mark Ikin bt [4] Paul Davis  w/o
[2] Mark Price bt Kirby Sinclair 15/11, 8/15, 15/7, 15/9

1st Round
[1] Cameron White bt Daniel Orsino  15
/5, 15/6, 15/8
Luke Margan bt Scott Huffer  9
/15, 13/15, 15/7, 15/8, 15/11
Wade Johnstone bt Ryan Smith   8
/15, 15/12, 13/15, 15/12, 15/10
Byron Davis bt [3] Tony James   17
/14, 15/6, 15/14
[4] Paul Davis bt Joe Desira    9
/15, 15/14, 15/12, 15/11
Mark Ikin bt Brad Hindle   
13/15, 15/5, 15/5, 15/12
Kirby Sinclair bt Chris Lark   17
/14, 15/13, 6/15, 15/10
[2] Mark Price bt James Rogers  15
/6, 15/10, 15/12

Women's Final:
[1] Sarah Fitz-Gerald bt [3] Dianne Desira  9/1, 9/6, 9/4

Sarah Fitz-Gerald bt [4] Amelia Pittock  9/6, 9/3, 9/2
[3] Dianne Desira bt [2] Heidi Mather  9/5, 9/0, 9/0

Sarah Fitz-Gerald bt Dani Davis  9/0, 9/1, 9/1
[4] Amelia Pittock bt Judy Bass  9/3, 9/1, 9/2
[3] Dianne Desira bt Jemma Saxby  9/6, 9/5, 9/4
[2] Heidi Mather bt Tracey Michell  9/3, 9/1, 9/6

1st Round
Dani Davis bt Mandy Hamilton  9
/1, 9/4, 9/3
Tracey Michell bt Sue Dunlop    1
/9, 9/7, 9/5, 10/8








Five-times World Squash Champion Sarah Fitz-Gerald, with 61
WISPA World Tour trophies to her name, is planning to add a brand new title to her record haul.

Fitz-Gerald, from Melbourne in Australia, has revealed that she will compete in the inaugural Australian National Championships at the Bendigo Squash Centre in Victoria.

The 2003 Telstra Country Wide Australian National Championships, from 11-13 July, is a new event on the squash calendar, open to Australian players only and staged in Bendigo, 150km north west of the Victorian state capital Melbourne.

Paul Vear, Executive Director of the Victorian Squash Federation (VSF), pointed out that that the Bendigo Squash Centre is widely renowned for hosting state, national and international events.  "A successful National Championships will create further opportunities for the club to host further international events in the future," said Vear.  "The VSF is currently assessing the possibility of Bendigo staging the World Junior Championships in 2007," Vear added.

The official launch of the championships will be held at the club on Friday 11th July, with dignitaries including Fitz-Gerald and squash legend Geoff Hunt, who currently heads up the Australian Institute of Sport Squash programme.

Fitz-Gerald's decision to compete in her home country's maiden national championships follows the announcement that she will also defend her title in the 2003 Australian Open, to be held in Adelaide from the 24th to 27th July.

"The Australian Open title is very important to me and I am looking forward competing for this - and, for the first time, my national title too," said the three-times Australian Open Champion.  "I anticipate tough competition from Natalie Grinham and other Australian youngsters in the Open, but I'm really looking forward to it."

During a record breaking career on the WISPA World Tour, Fitz-Gerald accumulated 61 WISPA titles.  At the time of announcing her withdrawal from the World Tour to concentrate on alternative competition - three months after clinching her record fifth World title in Qatar in a year which included Commonwealth Games gold medal success and her second British Open title - she held an unbeaten record over the previous eighteen months!

During her period away from the World Tour, Fitz-Gerald has maintained an arduous playing schedule, competing in several men's competitions.  She recently celebrated a hat-trick of club triumphs in national competitions in Europe - helping Birmingham's Edgbaston Priory to title glory for the second time in three years in the English National League Final in March; guiding Court-Wiesel Bonn/Mülheim to success in the Bundesliga Finals in Germany; then leading Squash 92 St Cloud to the French league finals in St Etienne.

The 34-year-old unranked squash star, still unbeaten since August 2001, has been nominated as top seed for the Australian Open, ahead of Queenslander Natalie Grinham, ranked No8 in the world.

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