Victorian Open 2003
Wangaratta, Australia, 18-21 Sep
Pilley & Leevey Win Maiden
Victorian Open Titles

Australia's Cameron Pilley and New Zealander Tamsyn Leevey won their first Victorian Open Squash Championships titles after dramatic victories in the finals in Wangaratta, Australia.

In only her third WISPA World Tour event, Tamsyn Leevey created history by becoming the first unseeded player to win the Women's Open title during the 57-year history of the championship.

Leevey, who had earlier disposed of the number 1, 4 and 8 seeds, was too powerful for second-seeded Australian Dianne Desira who was trying to win her third successive home-town title.

Although both players were feeling the effects of gruelling semi-finals, held earlier in the day, it was the Kiwi's resilience and stroke play which enabled her to capture the Victorian crown 9-7 9-3 9-1 in just 38 minutes.

After being runner-up last year, top seed Cameron Pilley claimed his first Victorian Open title with an emphatic four-game victory over 15th seeded Egyptian Sherif Kamel 15-8 15-10 11-15 15-6.

Pilley, who is based at the Australian Institute of Sport squash unit in Queensland, found great support from Commonwealth Games coach Geoff Hunt - himself a past winner of this title on no fewer than 10 occasions.

In his earlier matches, Kamel was able to outlast his opponents through his speed and agility around the court. The final was a different affair with the more experienced Pilley taking the initiative from the first point, displaying a wide array of shots which had the Egyptian teenage sensation constantly scrambling at the back of the court.

Although drained from his 91-minute semi final victory, Kamel was still able to fight back from a 2-0 deficit by taking the third game 15-11, at which stage he was well and truly back in the match.

Unfortunately the spurt was only short-lived and Pilley comprehensively took the fourth game and the match.

Top Seeds In Contrasting
Fortunes In Victoria

While top seed Cameron Pilley swept through to the men's semi-finals of the Victorian Open Squash Championships in Wangaratta, fellow Australian favourite Amelia Pittock, crashed out of the women's quarter-finals in straight games to unseeded New Zealander Tamsyn Leevey.

Pilley is on target to take his first Victorian Open title following two impressive victories today (Saturday) over compatriots Timothy Manning and Luke Margan. Pilley, the losing finalist in last year's Open, now meets fourth-seeded New Zealander Callum O'Brien, who has moved through to the semis without dropping a game.

The second men's semi-final will be an all-Egyptian affair with teenage sensation Sherif Kamel taking on compatriot Ahmed Hamza. Both Egyptians adapted well to the colder climate of Wangaratta and outlasted their more fancied opponents. Belying his younger years, Kamel overcame Australian Institute of Sport
protégé Aaron Frankcomb in an enduring quarter final encounter, 15-2 in the third, after 69mins. Hamza has put himself in contention for the Victorian Open crown with an impressive four-game victory over Indian young gun Saurav Ghosal, who last week reached the final of the Country View Open in Malaysia.

Tamsyn Leevey created a major shock at the Championships, crushing top-seeded Amelia Pittock 10-9 9-6 9-5 in 46 minutes. This win followed her earlier demolition of the seventh seed, Jemma Saxby.

Men's Final:
[1] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [15] Sherif Kamel (EGY) 15-8, 15-10, 11-15, 15-6 (61m)

[1] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [4] Callum O'Brien (NZL) 15-8 12-15 15-8 15-9 (62m)
[15] Sherif Kamel (EGY) bt [16] Ahmed Hamza (EGY) 15-13 14-15 15-8 15-9 (91m)

Women's Final:
Tamsyn Leevey (NZL) bt [2] Dianne Desira (AUS) 9-7, 9-3, 9-1 (38m)


Tamsyn Leevey (NZL) bt [8] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) 5-9 9-5 9-0 9-1 (63m)
[2] Dianne Desira (AUS) bt [5] Aisling Blake (IRL) 9-3 9-1 8-10 9-2 (58m)

Men's Quarter-finals:
[1] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [8] Luke Margan (AUS) 15-8 15-13 15-5 (46m)
[4] Callum O'Brien (NZL) bt [6] Wade Johnstone (AUS) 17-15 15-4 15-6 (45m)
[15] Sherif Kamel (EGY) bt [7] Aaron Frankcomb (AUS) 15-11 15-13 15-2 (69m)
[16] Ahmed Hamza (EGY) bt Saurav Ghosal (IND) 9-15 15-8 15-6 15-10 (58m)

2nd round:
[1] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt [11] Timothy Manning (AUS) 15-8 15-4 16-17 15-13 (71m)
[8] Luke Margan (AUS) bt Gaurav Nandrajog (IND) 15-9 15-13 15-11 (51m)
[4] Callum O'Brien (NZL) bt [9] Nathan L'Huillier (AUS) 15-6 15-11 15-7 (45m)
[6] Wade Johnstone (AUS) bt [14] Scott Huffer (AUS) 15-13 4-15 15-12 17-16 (71m)
[7] Aaron Frankcomb (AUS) bt [10] Kirby Sinclair (AUS) 15-7 15-9 15-12 (62m)
[15] Sherif Kamel (EGY) bt [3] Mark Price (AUS) 15-9 15-5 15-9 (52m)
[16] Ahmed Hamza (EGY) bt [5] Mark Ikin (AUS) 14-15 15-5 15-7 15-3 (64m)
Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [2] Cameron White (AUS) 9-15 15-5 15-6 10-5 ret.

1st round:
[1] Cameron Pilley (AUS) bt Scott Shaw (AUS) 15-9, 15-10, 15-6 (22m)
[11] Timothy Manning (AUS) bye
[8] Luke Margan (AUS) bt Joseph Desira (AUS) 15-10, 16-17, 15-6, 13-15, 15-6 (63m)
Gaurav Nandrajog (IND) bt [13] Ryan Smith (AUS) w-o
[4] Callum O'Brien (NZL) bye
[9] Nathan L'Huillier (AUS) bt Daniel Orsino (AUS) 8-15, 11-15, 15-8, 15-8, 15-10 (61m)
[6] Wade Johnstone (AUS) bt Philip Nightingale (ENG) 11-15, 15-10, 15-10, 15-5 (52m)
[14] Scott Huffer (AUS) bt Steve Finitsis (AUS) 15-11, 12-15, 15-9, 15-8 (66m)
[10] Kirby Sinclair (AUS) bt Navin Samersinge (SRL) 15-10, 15-17, 15-13, 15-7 (64m)
[7] Aaron Frankcomb (AUS) bye
[15] Sherif Kamel (EGY) bt Supreet Singh (IND) 15-7, 15-11, 15-6 (40m)
[3] Mark Price (AUS) bt Terence Scott Gibbons (AUS) w-o
[5] Mark Ikin (AUS) bt Taiwo Kute (NGR) w-o
[16] Ahmed Hamza (EGY) bt Michael Arcidiacono (AUS) 15-5, 15-12, 15-6 (32m)
Saurav Ghosal (IND) bt [12] James Rogers (AUS) 15-11, 15-7, 15-6 (41m)
[2] Cameron White (AUS) bt David Tweed (AUS) 15-5, 15-8, 15-3 (20m)

Women's Quarter-finals:
Tamsyn Leevey (NZL) bt [1] Amelia Pittock (AUS) 10-9 9-6 9-5 (46m)
[8] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) bt Kylie Lindsay (NZL) 9-1 9-3 9-2 (29m)
[5] Aisling Blake (IRL) bt [3] Karen Kronemeyer (NED) 5-9 9-7 9-3 6-9 10-8 (81m)
[2] Dianne Desira (AUS) bt [6] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) 3-9 9-5 7-9 9-7 9-3 (76m)

1st round:
[1] Amelia Pittock (AUS) bye
Tamsyn Leevey (NZL) bt [7] Jemma Saxby (AUS) 9-2 9-0 9-0 (21m)
Kylie Lindsay (NZL) bt [4] Danielle Davis (AUS) 9-3 9-2 9-4 (31m)
[8] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) bye
[5] Aisling Blake (IRL) bt Tracey Michell (AUS) 9-1 9-2 9-0 (29m)
[3] Karen Kronemeyer (NED) bt Rochelle Shaw (AUS) 9-6 2-9 9-4 9-6 (61m)
[6] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bt Kelly Fowler (AUS) 4-9 9-6 7-9 9-5 9-6 (64m)
[2] Dianne Desira (AUS) bye

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