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03/08/2008
AUSTRALIAN OPEN
 

Palmer Prevails While Annie Just Ausome In Australian Open Climax

Men's Draw
Australian Open 2008
Clare, South Australia, 29-Jul-03 Aug, $26k
Round One
31-Jul
Quarters
01-Aug
Semis
02-Aug
Final
03-Aug
[1] David Palmer (Aus)
11-9, 11-5, 11-7 (32m)
[Q] Martin Knight (Nzl)
David Palmer
11-9, 11-4, 11-8 (29m)
Khawaja Adil Maqbool
David Palmer
11-4, 11-6, 11-4 (29m)
Robbie Temple
David Palmer
11-7, 14-12, 11-8 (40m)
Kashif Shuja
[8] Khawaja Adil Maqbool (Pak)
v
11-9, 11-6, 12-10 (28m)
[Q] Zac Alexander (Aus)
[4] Aaron Frankcomb (Aus)
11-6, 11-5, 11-8 (35m)
[Q] Justin Beard (Aus)
Aaron Frankcomb
11-8, 11-6, 11-8 (52m)
Robbie Temple
[7] Bradley Hindle (Aus)
7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5 (43m)
Robbie Temple (Eng)
Steve Finitsis (Aus)
11-9, 11-9, 11-9 (44m)
[5] Scott Arnold (Aus)
Scott Arnold
5-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 (45m)
Kashif Shuja
Kashif Shuja
11-9, 9-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-6 (61m)
Campbell Grayson
Mike Corren (Aus)
11-7, 3-11, 11-8, 14-12 (38m)
[3] Kashif Shuja (Nzl)
[Q] Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
11-6, 11-9, 13-11 (56m)
[6] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
Campbell Grayson
14-12, 11-6, 5-11, 8-11, 11-9 (79m)
Chris Ryder
Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (43m)
[2] Chris Ryder (Eng)

Men's qualifying finals:

Zac Alexander (AUS) bt Dick Lau (HKG) 8-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-9 (36m)

Martin Knight (NZL) bt Steven Robinson (AUS) 11-5, 6-11, 11-5, 11-4 (39m)

Justin Beard (AUS) bt Max Lee (HKG) 4-11, 11-8, 3-11, 11-7, 11-7 (41m)

Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt Joshua Greenfield (NZL) 11-7, 9-11, 11-5, 12-10 (42m)
Women's Draw
Australian Open 2008
Clare, South Australia, 29 Jul-03 Aug, $16k
Round One
31 Jul
Quarters
01 Aug
Semis
02 Aug
Final
03 Aug
[1] Kasey Brown (Aus)
11-6, 11-6, 11-7 (29m)
Joey Chan (Hkg)
Kasey Brown
11-7, 11-8, 11-6 (41m)
Amelia Pittock
Kasey Brown
11-6, 11-9, 11-1 (28m)
Joelle King
Kasey Brown
6-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 12-10 (80m)
Annie Au
[5] Amelia Pittock (Aus)
11-8, 11-6, 11-5 (21m)
[Q] Melody Francis (Aus)
[4] Christina Mak (Hkg)
11-6, 11-3, 11-9 (29m)
[Q] Sarah Cardwell (Aus)
Christina Mak
5-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7 (34m)
Joelle King
[8] Joelle King (Nzl)
11-3, 11-7, 11-2 (21m)
Jenna Gates (Eng)
Kylie Lindsay (Nzl)
11-3, 11-3, 11-2 (16m)
[7] Annie Au (Hkg)
Annie Au
11-5, 6-11, 11-6, 11-3 (30m)
Donna Urquhart
Annie Au
11-9, 12-10, 11-5 (28m)
Jaclyn Hawkes
Adel Weir (Rsa)
11-9, 11-4, 11-4 (27m)
[3] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
[Q] Shin Nga Leung (Hkg)
11-9, 11-9, 11-5 (22m)
[6] Lisa Camilleri (Aus)
Lisa Camilleri
11-5, 11-6, 11-2 (18m)
Jaclyn Hawkes
[Q] Zoe Petranovsky (Aus)
11-5, 11-0, 11-4 (17m)
[2] Jaclyn Hawkes (Nzl)

Women's qualifying finals:

Sarah Cardwell (AUS) bt Jackie Laurenson (NZL) 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9 (38m)

Zoe Petrovansky (AUS) bt Maggy Marshall (AUS) 11-4, 11-5, 12-10 (23m)

Melody Francis (AUS) bt Bonny Wu (AUS) 11-4, 11-5, 11-5 (19m)
Shin Nga Leung (HKG) bt Kimberley Bessell (AUS) 11-3, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7 (29m)

Palmer Prevails While Annie Just Ausome In Australian Open Climax

While Australian favourite David Palmer delighted the local crowds by winning the men's title in the Clare Valley Australian Open Championship for the first time, Hong Kong's Annie Au pulled off a sensational performance - saving two match balls - to upset favourite Kasey Brown in the women's final of Australiaís most prestigious squash tournament in its second year at the Valleys Lifestyle Centre in Clare in South Australia.

Palmer had won four British Open and two World Open titles heading into the tournament - but had never managed to win his home championship in what has been a glittering career.

But in a highly entertaining final he beat
New Zealand's Kashif Shuja 11-7, 14-12, 11-8 to put his name on the trophy alongside players such as Geoff Hunt, Chris Dittmar and Rodney and Brett Martin.

"I was pretty confident coming in, but rankings aside you obviously still have to win," the world number five said.  "I was much higher-ranked than the other guys here and I wasnít at my best because Iím in my off-season.  But at the end of the day Iím happy to win and finally get my name on the trophy with those other great Australian players."

The triumph brings Palmer's PSA Tour title haul to 23 - extending his lead ahead of
Egypt's world number one Amr Shabana as the current player with the most titles.

Seventh seed Annie Au came from two games down, then saved two match balls to beat Australian favourite Kasey Brown in a thrilling womenís final.

The Hong Kong teenager looked headed for defeat when Brown took the opening two games, but fought back magnificently to overcome the world number 13 in 80 minutes, winning 6-11, 7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 12-10 to become the first Hong Kong player to win the Australian Open.

Brown, who won the title in 2006, had match balls at 10-8 in the fifth, but Au refused to concede and won the next four points to close out the match.

Au said she had trouble adapting to the pace of Brown in the opening games.  "In the first two games, I couldnít match her speed in the back court and I kept thinking I could not play my favourite shots," said the 19-year-old left-hander who now boasts three
WISPA World Tour titles.

"In the third game, I think she slowed down and I was able to go on the attack, and it was the same in the fourth."

A disappointed Brown said Au had just played too well over the closing stages:  "She hit some amazing shots Ė I just couldnít do anything with them," she said.

Seeded seventh heading into the tournament, Au claimed the scalps of the top three seeds on three consecutive days to become a worthy champion.

"This summer I didnít have any school so I was able to do more training and today I didnít feel tired," she said.

She said getting her name on a trophy that also featured some of the greatest names in the history of womenís squash would give her enormous confidence going forward.  "I think I will get a lot of momentum for my career," Au added.  "I also think it will get our sport a lot of publicity in
Hong Kong and encourage more people to start playing."

Favourites Palmer & Brown Into Australian Open Finals

Top seeds David Palmer and Kasey Brown kept home hopes of success in the Clare Valley Australian Open Championships alive after comfortable straight games victories in the semi-finals of Australiaís most prestigious squash tournament in its second year at the Valleys Lifestyle Centre in Clare in South Australia.

Palmer, the four-time British Open champion from New South Wales seeking his first domestic Open title, brushed aside unseeded Englishman Robbie Temple 11-4, 11-6, 11-4 in 29 minutes to reach the climax of the $26,000 PSA Tour event - his 48th final appearance.

His opponent will be Kashif Shuja, the third seed from Auckland who outlasted fellow New Zealander Campbell Grayson, a qualifier, 11-9, 9-11, 7-11, 11-5, 11-6 in 61 minutes to reach the 15th Tour final of his career.

Kasey Brown, keen to win the $16,000
WISPA World Tour title for the second time in three years - and bring it back into Australian hands - despatched New Zealander Joelle King 11-6, 11-9, 11-1 in 28 minutes to reach her 17th Tour final.

The other women's semi-final took exactly the same time - but produced a major upset when Annie Au, the No7 seed from
Hong Kong, defeated second-seeded New Zealander Jaclyn Hawkes 11-9, 12-10, 11-5.

Au, 19, is celebrating her fourth Tour final and looking to pick up her second successive title after winning the Chennai Open in India just four weeks ago.

Temple & Grayson Forge On In Australian Open

Top seed David Palmer now leads domestic interest in the Clare Valley Australian Open Championships exclusively after England's Robbie Temple and New Zealander Campbell Grayson continued their giant-killing ways in the men's $26,000 PSA Tour squash event in its second year at the Valleys Lifestyle Centre in Clare in South Australia.

Top seed Kasey Brown is also the only home player who survived the quarter-finals of the women's $16,000 WISPA World Tour event after the demise of three Australians.

Kiwi qualifier Campbell Grayson caused the biggest shock when he beat second seed Chris Ryder in a marathon quarter-final. Grayson, who had to win two rounds of qualifying just to make the main draw, beat the Englishman 14-12, 11-6, 5-11, 8-11, 11-9 to record a win he rated as the most important of his career.

He now plays fellow Kiwi Kashif Shuja in the semi-finals. Third seed Shuja beat Australian Scott Arnold 5-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-7 - guaranteeing a
New Zealand presence in the final of Australiaís most prestigious squash tournament.

The second men's semi-final will be between former world champion Palmer and English surprise packet Robbie Temple. Palmer beat Pakistanís Khawaja Adil Maqbool 11-9, 11-4, 11-8 while Temple ousted fourth-seeded Australian Aaron Frankcomb 11-8, 11-6, 11-8.

Annie Au of Hong Kong and New Zealandís Joelle King shocked their higher-ranked opponents in the women's quarter-finals. Au upset third-seeded Australian Donna Urquhart 11-5, 6-11, 11-6, 11-3, while King surprised fourth-seeded Christina Mak of Hong Kong 5-11, 11-6, 11-5, 11-7.

King, a 19-year-old from the town of Cambridge in the Waikato region of New Zealandís North Island, will play top-seeded Australian Kasey Brown. Brown celebrated her 23rd birthday in style with a tough 11-7, 11-8, 11-6 win over fifth-seeded compatriot Amelia Pittock.

The two Australians know each otherís games well and it showed as they fought tenaciously for every point.

Annie Au will take on second seed Jaclyn Hawkes of
New Zealand - an impressive 11-5, 11-6, 11-2 winner over Australia's Lisa Camilleri, the sixth seed.

Grayson & Temple Upset Australians In Open


England's Robbie Temple and New Zealander Campbell Grayson took out a pair of Australians in the first round of the Clare Valley Australian Open Championships to claim places in the quarter-finals of the men's $26,000
PSA Tour squash event in its second year at the Valleys Lifestyle Centre in Clare in South Australia.

Top seed Kasey Brown led a trio of home players through to the last eight of the women's $16,000 WISPA World Tour event in a bid to win the title for the second time in three years.


Temple, 21, from London, caused the first upset of the tournament when he ousted seventh-seeded Queenslander Bradley Hindle 7-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-5.


"Brad started well, his length was a lot better than mine in the first game but after that it was much better," said the Englishman. "There were patches where I lost it but I gradually got on top of him by attacking short, which is what I like to do."


Campbell Grayson, a qualifier from Auckland, caused the second upset when he beat sixth seed Ryan Cuskelly in three hotly contested games 11-6, 11-9, 13-11.


The Kiwi was more consistent than his higher-ranked opponent and kept his composure in the second and third games as Cuskelly began to argue with the officials.


"I think it helped me because I was able to concentrate on what I was doing, and I realised he was getting rattled," Grayson said.


World number five David Palmer showed he meant business when he despatched New Zealander Martin Knight in the opening round. The Boston-based Australian was tested by qualifier Knight before winning 11-9, 11-5, 11-7.


The four-time British Open and twice World Open champion has never won the Australian Open and said he was determined to get his name on the famous trophy this year.


"I wouldnít have come this far if I didnít intend to win it," said the 32-year-old Australian number one. "Iíve gone close a few times and had match points, but never seemed to finish it off.

"It wouldnít be the end of the world if I didnít win, but it would be good to get my name on the trophy this year."


Kasey Brownís bid for a second Australian Open title got off to a good start when she beat Hong Kongís Joey Chan 11-6, 11-6, 11-7.


Brown, from Taree in New South Wales, won the Australian Open in 2006 and finished runner-up to New Zealander Shelley Kitchen in 2007.


The 22-year-old now goes on to a tougher assignment against fellow Australian Amelia Pittock, who beat Victorian qualifier Melody Francis 11-8, 11-6, 11-5.


"It was a bit scrappy so it was good to just get on there and get through the first round," Brown said. "Being left-handed, sheís got a good forehand so I was a bit wary about it. I kept going to her backhand but I probably need to play a bit straighter."


Brown said she would have to lift her game against Pittock, who won her past tournament at the South Australian Open.

Beard & Cardwell In Australian Open Upsets

Australians Justin Beard and Sarah Cardwell produced notable shocks in the qualifying finals of the Clare Valley Australian Open Squash Championships to earn places in the men's and women's main draws, respectively, of the long-established event in its second year at the Valleys Lifestyle Centre in Clare in South Australia.


Beard, from Adelaide, beat Max Lee of Hong Kong to move into the main draw of the $26,000 PSA Tour event for the first time. Ranked 224 in the world - more than 100 places below Lee - the 21-year-old outplayed his opponent in the closing stages of a tight match to win 4-11, 11-8, 3-11, 11-7, 11-7.


"It was completely unexpected," said Beard. "The first game he just dominated me and I was running all over the place, but I slowly got into it. I wasnít getting any length on the ball and he took full advantage."


Beard, who rated his qualifying win as the best of his career, has drawn fourth-seeded compatriot Aaron Frankcomb in the first round.


Rising Queensland star Zac Alexander caused the dayís other upset when he beat another Hong Kong player, Dick Lau. The 19-year-old from Brisbane, ranked 126 in the world, lost the first game but came back to win 8-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-9.


Martin Knight
was one of two New Zealanders to qualify - and now meets Australian favourite David Palmer, the world No5, in the opening round.


"I'll just go out and give it my best and weíll see what happens," said Knight, who has played Palmer once before, in Germany four months ago, where he lost in straight games.


Sarah Cardwell made the main draw of the women's $16,000 WISPA World Tour event when she surprised top qualifying seed Jackie Laurenson of New Zealand.


The 16-year-old daughter of former Australian great Vicki Cardwell, Sarah slugged it out with Laurenson before winning 11-8, 8-11, 11-9, 11-9.


Her reward for qualifying is a first round clash with fourth seed Christina Mak of Hong Kong on the all-glass court.


"Itís my most important win," Cardwell said. "To qualify for the main draw was pretty much my main goal for the tournament, so Iím pretty happy with it. Iíve had a hit on the glass court before, but this will be my first match ever on an all glass court."


Cardwell was joined in the main draw by Hong Kongís Shin Nga Leung, Queenslander Zoe Petrovansky and Melbourneís Melody Francis.