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29/06/2007
PARTEK SOUTH AUSTRALIAN OPEN
 

White & Pittock Celebrate South Australian Success

Partek South Australian Open Squash Championships, North Adelaide, Australia

 

 

Men's final:

[7] Cameron White (AUS) bt [2] Steve Finitsis (AUS)                   11-6, 11-8, 11-5 (55m)

 

Men's semi-finals:

[7] Cameron White (AUS) bt [5] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) 11-6, 7-11, 11-2, 11-10 (2-0) (76m)

[2] Steve Finitsis (AUS) bt [4] Luke Margan (AUS) 11-4, 9-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-5 (65m)

Quarter-finals:

[7] Cameron White (AUS) bt [1] Mike Corren (AUS) 11-6, 10-11 (2-4), 11-5, 11-4 (59m)

[5] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt [3] Scott Arnold (AUS) 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8 (100m)

[4] Luke Margan (AUS) bt [Q] Zac Alexander (AUS) 11-8, 10-11 (1-3), 11-10 (3-1), 11-1 (51m)

[2] Steve Finitsis (AUS) bt [6] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 11-10 (3-1), 11-10 (6-4), 8-11, 11-8 (61m)

Men's 1st round:

[1] Mike Corren (AUS) bt Matthew Karwalski (AUS) 11-9, 11-5, 11-10 (3-1) (40m)

[7] Cameron White (AUS) bt Jacob Lohrisch (AUS) 11-5, 11-9, 11-4 (29m)

[3] Scott Arnold (AUS) bt [Q] Nathan Stevenson (AUS) 11-4, 11-4, 11-3 (24m)

[5] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS) bt [Q] Aaron Fyfe (AUS) 11-7, 11-5, 11-7 (32m)

[Q] Zac Alexander (AUS) bt [8] Sam Atkins (NZL) 11-3, 6-11, 11-2, 11-4 (42m)

[4] Luke Margan (AUS) bt Justin Beard (AUS) 11-7, 6-11, 11-6, 11-9 (45m)

[6] Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt Joseph Desira (AUS) 11-6, 11-7, 11-8 (37m)

[2] Steve Finitsis (AUS) bt [Q] Steven Robinson (AUS) 11-3, 8-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-7 (58m)

 

Women's final:

[1] Amelia Pittock (AUS) bt [2] Peta Hughes (AUS)                       8-10, 9-6, 9-7, 9-2 (59m)

 

Women's semi-finals:

[1] Amelia Pittock (AUS) bt [3] Donna Urquhart (AUS) 9-4, 9-2, 9-0 (26m)

[2] Peta Hughes (AUS) bt [4] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) 6-9, 10-9, 10-8, 9-1 (50m)

Quarter-finals:

[1] Amelia Pittock (AUS) bt [6] Joelle King (NZL) 9-1, 9-0, 9-4 (26m)

[3] Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt [8] Kerry Wickett (NZL) 9-3, 9-1, 9-1 (20m)

[4] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bt [5] Sachiko Shinta (JPN) 9-1, 9-6, 9-2 (32m)

[2] Peta Hughes (AUS) bt [7] Kirsty Groves (AUS) 9-2, 9-4, 9-0 (21m)

Women's 1st round:

[1] Amelia Pittock (AUS) bye

[6] Joelle King (NZL) bt Rebecca Bergamin (AUS) 9-2, 9-1, 9-1 (17m)

[3] Donna Urquhart (AUS) bye

[8] Kerry Wickett (NZL) bt Bonny Wu (AUS) 10-8, 9-4, 9-2 (32m)

[5] Sachiko Shinta (JPN) bt Amanda Cranston (NZL) 0-9, 9-1, 9-1, 9-4 (35m)

[4] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bt Lyndal Morrison (AUS) 9-0, 9-0, 9-1 (16m)

[7] Kirsty Groves (AUS) bt Jackie Laurenson (NZL) 7-9, 9-2, 9-6, 9-7

[2] Peta Hughes (AUS) bye

 

 

White & Pittock Celebrate South Australian Success

Australians Cameron White and Amelia Pittock lifted the titles in the Partek South Australian Open Squash Championships after triumphing in the finals at the Next Generation club in North Adelaide, Australia.

 

White said that winning the trophy may lead to a full-time comeback to the professional ranks.   The 30-year-old from Geelong, seeded seven, claimed his eighth title on the PSA Tour when he upset second-seeded Queenslander Steve Finitsis 11-6, 11-8, 11-5.

 

White is currently ranked 147 in the world - but reached a career-high 48 six years ago when he was a full-time member of the PSA Tour.  He stepped away at the end of 2005, only playing four major tournaments in 2006 and two so far this year.

 

The last year and a half Ive taken my foot off, he said.  We had a baby six months ago, so Ive been doing all those things that come with that responsibility.  Really the last couple of years, Ive been playing enough to keep my ranking steady, but not to improve it.

 

Its hard to play professionally based in Australia so Ive been weighing it up whether to give it another go or not.

 

White said he would decide over the next four to six weeks whether or not to head overseas and take a coaching job that also allowed him to play the tour.

 

He said he felt in control of his game throughout the whole tournament, highlighted by the fact he made only eight errors in the final against Finitsis.

 

I felt like I was doing enough to win in every match this week and was playing pretty solidly, he said.

Even when I could have been playing better I just kept plugging away.

 

White now heads to Clare for next weeks Clare Valley Australian Open, where he will have to play in the pre-qualifying rounds.

 

But he said his form in Adelaide gave him an enormous amount of confidence heading into Australian squashs most prestigious tournament.

 

Fellow Victorian Amelia Pittock also enjoyed success over a Queensland player when she outlasted reigning Australian junior champion Peta Hughes 8-10, 9-6, 9-7, 9-2 to win the womens title.

 

Pittock will also take a confidence boost into the Australian Open, where she is seeded number three.

 

The 23-year-old from Dromana claimed the third professional title of her career and her second of the year when she used superior shot-making to defeat the 20-year-old Hughes.

Pittock has also been weighing up her future in the sport recently, easing back on her workload after last years Commonwealth Games.

 

I took some time off and wasnt training as much as I could have, she said. But Im loving it on the tour now and Im really liking training.

 

The first three games took 54 minutes, but when Pittock claimed the third 9-7 Hughes was broken and Pittock raced away to win the final game 9-2 in just five minutes.

 

That last game went pretty quickly, but it was a gruelling match, she said.  I really wanted to win this tournament Ive been training pretty hard so Im really happy with the result.

 

White Earns Final Place in Adelaide

After dismissing the top seed in the previous round, Cameron White secured his second successive upset in the Partek South Australian Open Squash Championships when he beat fifth seed and fellow Australian Ryan Cuskelly to reach Sunday's final of the PSA Tour event at the Next Generation club in North Adelaide, Australia.

 

The 30-year-old from Melbourne despatched Cuskelly 11-6, 7-11, 11-2, 11-10 (2-0) in 76 minutes to mark the 13th Tour final appearance of his career.

 

His opponent will be second-seeded compatriot Steve Finitsis, the 11-4, 9-11, 9-11, 11-7, 11-5 victor over fourth seed Luke Margan in the other men's semi-final.

 

Action in the women's WISPA World Tour event continued to go according to the seedings - though second seed Peta Hughes needed 50 minutes to overcome fourth seed Lisa Camilleri 6-9, 10-9, 10-8, 9-1 in the semi-finals.

 

Fellow Australian Amelia Pittock had an easier ride in the other match, the top seed defeating Donna Urquhart 9-4, 9-2, 9-0 in just 26 minutes to reach her third Tour final since May.

Corren Crashes In South Australian Open

Top seed Mike Corren crashed out of the Partek South Australian Open Squash Championships after losing to fellow Australian Cameron White in today's (Friday) men's quarter-finals at the Next Generation club in North Adelaide, Australia.

 

The US-based 33-year-old, competing in his first PSA Tour event of the year, went down 11-6, 10-11 (2-4), 11-5, 11-4 in 59 minutes to the seventh seed.

 

White, 30, from Melbourne, will face compatriot Ryan Cuskelly in the semi-finals after the fifth seed from New South Wales upset No3 seed Scott Arnold, also from Australia, 11-7, 11-8, 8-11, 11-8.

 

The other semi-final will be the all-Australian battle predicted by the seedings, featuring No2 seed Steve Finitsis and fourth seed Luke Margan.

The quarter-finals in the women's WISPA World Tour event were straightforward affairs in which the four top seeds eased into the last four after straight games wins.

Men's semi-final line-up:

[7] Cameron White (AUS) v [5] Ryan Cuskelly (AUS)

[2] Steve Finitsis (AUS) v [4] Luke Margan (AUS)

Women's semi-final line-up:

[1] Amelia Pittock (AUS) v [3] Donna Urquhart (AUS)

[2] Peta Hughes (AUS) v [4] Lisa Camilleri (AUS)