Geyser City Open, 25-28
Barker & Leevey Win Again -
In Contrasting Styles
New Zealand's Tamsyn Leevey and England's Phillip Barker claimed their
second titles in two weeks in New Zealand.
The two second seeds won their respective titles in the men's and women's
draws at the Geyser City Open in Rotorua, a week after they both triumphed
in the North Shore International in
Barker was again clinical in clinching the men's title, thumping Australian
Timothy Manning 15-8 15-10 15-8, with the third seed noticeably jaded after
a marathon battle in the semi-finals.
Barker, 22, from Essex, swept through both events in New Zealand without
conceding a single game - with today's 41-minute triumph in Rotorua marking
the second PSA Tour title of his career.
Tamsyn Leevey was given a real wake-up call by third-seeded Australian
Dianne Desira in the women's final.
A combination of a slow start from Leevey and some sensational shot-play
from Desira saw the Australian up two games to love.
But the world number 33 from Wellington bounced back to take the next three,
to claim her third WISPA World Tour title 4-9 2-9 9-0 9-7 9-1 in 56 minutes.
Geyser Upset In Rotorua
Australia's Timothy Manning pulled off a notable upset when he beat top
seeded Dutchman Dylan Bennett in Saturday's semi-finals of the Geyser City
Squash Open in Rotorua, New Zealand.
In a closely-fought battle lasting 65 minutes, the third seed from Brisbane
overcame Bennett 13-15 15-8 15-12 17-15 to reach the sixth PSA Tour final of
Manning, 26, will now face England's second seed Phillip Barker in a repeat
of last week's North Shore International semi-final. The 22-year-old from
Essex cruised into the final with a 15-5 15-5 15-6 thumping of Australian
fourth seed Tony James in the other semi-final.
Barker, who has not dropped a game throughout his Geyser run, is on course
for his second New Zealand title in a row after lifting the North Shore
trophy last week.
New Zealand's Tamsyn Leevey is proving unstoppable in the women's event. The
second seed marched effortlessly into the final, after a 9-4 9-3 9-1
demolition of fifth seeded Australian Kasey Brown.
Leevey, who also triumphed over Brown in the North Shore final, will now
meet Australian third seed Dianne Desira in the Rotorua decider.
Desira celebrated her fourth appearance in a WISPA World Tour final with an
equally impressive 9-0 9-1 10-8 thrashing of sixth seeded Christina Mak from
Lone Leevey Carries New
Zealand Hopes In Rotorua
Leevey single-handedly carries domestic hopes through to the third day of
the Geyser City Open after a straight games win in the women's
quarter-finals in Rotorua, New Zealand.
Still on target for her second WISPA World Tour title in two weeks, Leevey
stormed into the semi-finals after crushing fellow kiwi Louise Crome 9-4 9-6
9-0 to set up a repeat of last week's North Shore International final in
Auckland against Kasey Brown.
The fifth seeded Australian earned her place in the semis after a 60-minute
battle with New Zealander Jaclyn Hawkes, upsetting the fourth seed 9-2 9-4
Australia's third seed Dianne Desira and Hong Kong's Christina Mak will do
battle in the other semi-final, after both won in straight games in the
Men's top seed Dylan Bennett is still on course to make amends for his early
exit at North Shore last week.
The Dutchman is safely through to the last eight in Rotorua, but had to
battle against Egypt's Amr Ramzy Swelim before winning 15-14 5-15 15-14 7-15
Last week's champion Phillip Barker is also through to the quarter-finals.
The second-seeded Englishman notched up a 15-14 15-8 15-7 win over Hong
Kong's national champion Wai Hang Wong.
Barker now meets Egyptian qualifier El Raiky Omar Abdel Aziz, who caused the
only men's upset when he beat Australia's No7 seed Paul Davis 15-13 15-9
Leevey & Barker Carry On
Where They Left Off In NZ
Gary Denvir reports from NZ
New Zealand's Tamsyn Leevey and
England's Phillip Barker comfortably came through their opening encounters
in the Geyser City Open in Rotorua after lifting the titles in last
week's North Shore International, the first event on the New Zealand Squash
Leevey, the second seed, bulldozed her way into the quarterfinals of the
women's event after crushing tenth-seeded Australian Jemma Saxby in straight
games - winning 9-0 9-0 9-0 in just 10 minutes!
The 26-year-old from Wellington will meet fellow kiwi Louise Crome in the
last eight, after she downed eighth seed Danielle Davis, also from
Australia, 9-7 9-2 9-1.
The other side of the women's draw is now wide open, following the
last-minute withdrawal of Scotland's top seed Wendy Maitland, who injured
her back in a jet-ski accident following her shock exit in the second round
of the North Shore International.
As a result, young Aucklander Priscilla Wildsmith gained a free ride into
the quarters, where she will face sixth-seeded Christina Mak from Hong Kong.
There were no major problems for the top seeds in the first round of the
men's draw, where England's second seed Phillip Barker showed impressive
form in knocking out kiwi qualifier Jamie Smith 15-8 15-3 15-6.
Dutchman Dylan Bennett, the top seed, also cruised into the second round
with a 15-11 15-4 15-7 victory over Singaporean qualifier Mohammed Rizal
NO UPSETS IN
GEYSER CITY OPENERS
Gary Denvir reports from NZ
Scottish top seed Wendy Maitland is straight through to the
second round with a bye, after her opponent withdrew from the tournament at
the 11th hour.
Second seeded New Zealander Tamsyn Leevey is also safely through, notching
up a convincing 9/2 9/0 9/0 victory over fellow kiwi Michel Galloway.
Australian third seed Dianne Desira also won in three against New Zealand's
Danielle Nant, while fourth seeded kiwi Jaclyn Hawkes was a straight games
winner over compatriot Jenny Bell.
The men's draw is now complete following qualifying today.
Five kiwi's are amongst the eight players who've won a spot in the opening
round - Sam Atkin, Whaeora Moeke, Reece Williams, Brent Lewis and Jamie
The men's first round and women's second round are both played tomorrow.
 Phillip Barker (ENG) bt  Timothy Manning (AUS) 15-6, 15-13, 15-8
 Tamsyn Leevey (NZL) bt  Dianne Desira (AUS) 4-9, 2-9, 9-0, 9-7, 9-1
 Timothy Manning (AUS) bt  Dylan Bennett (NED) 13-15, 15-8, 15-12,
 Phillip Barker (ENG) bt  Tony James (AUS) 15-5, 15-5, 15-6 (34m)
 Dylan Bennett (NED) bt  Aaron Frankcomb (AUS) 15-8, 15-8, 15-9 (37m)
 Timothy Manning (AUS) bt  Kashif Shuja (PAK) 15-8, 9-15, 15-11, 15-10
 Tony James (AUS) bt  Mark Price (AUS) 15-17, 15-13, 15-3, 15-12 (46m)
 Phillip Barker (ENG) bt [Q] El Raiky Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) 15-8, 15-6,
 Dianne Desira (AUS) bt  Christina Mak (HKG) 9-0, 9-1, 10-8 (32m)
 Tamsyn Leevey (NZL) bt  Kasey Brown (AUS) 9-4, 9-3, 9-1 (29m)
Men's 2nd round:
 Dylan Bennett (NED) bt Amr Ramzy Swelim (EGY) 15-14,
5-15, 15-14, 7-15,
 Aaron Frankcomb (AUS) bt  Scott Huffer (AUS) 15-3, 15-7, 13-15,
 Timothy Manning (AUS) bt Jared Conning (NZL) 15-9, 14-17, 15-11, 15-12
 Kashif Shuja (PAK) bt Ahmed Mohsen Hassaan (EGY) 15-14, 15-12, 15-13
 Mark Price (AUS) bt Graeme Wilson (NZL) 13-15, 15-14, 15-11, 15-10
 Tony James (AUS) bt  Andrea Capella (ITA) 10-15, 15-13, 15-6, 7-15,
[Q] El Raiky Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) bt  Paul Davis (AUS) 15-13, 15-9,
 Phillip Barker (ENG) bt  Wai Hong Wang (HKG) 15-14, 15-8, 15-7
 Christina Mak (HKG) bt Priscilla Wildsmith (NZL) 10-9, 9-8, 9-5
 Dianne Desira (AUS) bt  Lisa Camilleri (AUS) 9-0, 9-5, 9-1
 Kasey Brown (AUS) bt  Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) 9-2, 9-4, 6-9, 9-5
 Tamsyn Leevey (NZL) bt Louise Crome (NZL) 9-4, 9-6, 9-0
Women's 2nd round:
Priscilla Wildsmith (NZL) bt  Wendy Maitland (SCO) w-o
 Christina Mak (HKG) bt  Rachel Smith (AUS) 9-5, 9-1, 5-9, 9-1
 Dianne Desira (AUS) bt  Judith Casbolt (NZL) 9-7, 9-6, 4-9, 9-1
 Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bt Joanna Yue (SIN) 10-8, 9-2, 9-1
 Kasey Brown (AUS) bt  Carolyn Russell (CAN) 9-4, 5-9, 9-2, 9-3
 Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) bt  Manuela Manetta (ITA) 9-3, 9-7, 9-5
Louise Crome (NZL) bt  Danielle Davis (AUS) 9-7, 9-2, 9-1
 Tamsyn Leevey (NZL) bt  Jemma Saxby (AUS) 9-0, 9-0, 9-0
Men's 1st round:
 Dylan Bennett (NED) bt [Q] Mohammed Razir Aboul Kadir (SIN) 15-11, 15-4,
Amr Ramzy Swelim (EGY) bt  Kirby Sinclair (AUS) 15-4, 15-7, 15-5
 Aaron Frankcomb (AUS) bt [Q] Sam Atkin (NZL) 15-8, 15-12, 15-5
 Scott Huffer (AUS) bt Campbell Grayson (NZL) 15-11, 15-11, 16-17, 3-15,
 Timothy Manning (AUS) bt [Q] Whaiora Moeke (NZL) 15-11, 15-2, 15-3
Jared Conning (NZL) bt  Joseph Desira (AUS) 15-10, 11-15, 15-8, 11-15,
 Kashif Shuja (PAK) bt [Q] Luc Tai (SIN) 15-3, 15-3, 15-4
Ahmed Mohsen Hassaan (EGY) bt  Roger Ngan (HKG) 15-12, 15-8, 13-15, 15-6
Graeme Wilson (NZL) bt  James Rodgers (AUS) 15-7, 15-10, 15-8
 Mark Price (AUS) bt Josh Greenfield (NZL) ` 15-8, 11-15, 13-15, 15-14,
 Andrea Capella (ITA) bt Martin Knight (NZL) 15-7, 15-11, 15-10
 Tony James (AUS) bt Nafzahizam Adnan (MAS) 15-7, 15-13, 15-11
[Q] El Raiky Omar Abdel Aziz (EGY) bt  Wade Johnstone (AUS) 15-10, 12-15,
15-9, 11-15, 15-8
 Paul Davis (AUS) bt [Q] Reece Williams (NZL) 17-15, 15-13, 15-10
 Wai Hong Wang (HKG) bt [Q] Brent Lewis (NZL) 15-4, 15-8, 15-8
 Phillip Barker (ENG) bt [Q] Jamie Smith (NZL) 15-8, 15-3, 15-6
Women's first round:
1. Wendy Maitland (Sco) BYE
Priscilla Wildsmith (NZ) def TePua Russell (NZ) 5/9 9/2 9/2 9/4
6. Christina Mak (HK) def Kathryn Austin (NZ) 10/9 9/6 9/5
16. Rachel Smith (Aus) def Joelle King (NZ) 9/5 8/10 9/7 7/9 9/5
3. Dianne Desira (Aus) def Danielle Nant (NZ) 9/0 9/3 9/0
15. Judith Casbolt (NZ) def Amy Alison (NZ) 9/0 9/1 9/0
7. Lisa Camilleri (Aus) def Natasha Fowles (NZ) 9/1 9/2 9/2
Joanna Yue (Sin) def 11. Tracey Michell (Aus) 9/0 9/2 9/3
12. Carolyn Russell (Can) def Kerry Wickett (NZ) 9/1 9/2 9/3
5. Kasey Brown (Aus) def Rebecca Hawkes (NZ) 9/5 10/8 9/1
14. Manuella Manetta (Ita) def Jackie Laurenson (NZ) 9/2 9/3 9/4
4. Jaclyn Hawkes (NZ) def Jenny Bell (NZ) 9/0 9/7 9/0
Louise Crome (NZ) def 13. Kylie Lindsay (NZ) 9/0 9/6 9/4
8. Danielle Davis (Aus) def Sally Hawkes (NZ) 9/6 9/3 9/1
10. Jemma Saxby (Aus) def Amanda Cranston (NZ) 9/3 9/0 9/0
2. Tamsyn Leevey (NZ) def Michel Galloway (NZ) 9/2 9/0 9/0