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10/05/2009
TOP END OPEN
 

Lee & Urquhart Triumph In Top End Open

Top End Open 2009
Men's Draw
07-10 May, Darwin, $7k
Round One
08 May
Quarters
08 May
Semis
09 May
Final
10 May
[1] Scott Arnold (Aus)
11/7, 11/5, 11/4
[Q] Rex Kendrick (Aus)
Scott Arnold
11/7, 11/4, 5/11, 11/8
Mike Corren
Mike Corren
7/11, 11/9, 11/7, 11/8
Matthew Karwalski
Mike Corren
8/11, 11/9, 11/6, 11/8
Max Lee
[7] Mike Corren (Aus)
11/5, 11/5, 11/8
[Q] Peter Taylor (Aus)
[3] Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
8/11, 11/4, 10/12, 11/3, 11/6
Steven Robinson (Aus)
Matthew Karwalski
11/13, 11/9, 11/7, 11/8
Steve Finitsis
[5] Steve Finitsis (Aus)
12/10, 11/6, 11/9
Jacob Alexander (Aus)
Nathan Stevenson (Aus)
11/5, 11/4, 11/3
[8] Justin Beard (Aus)
Nathan Stevenson
11/1, 11/9, 11/1
Zac Alexander
Zac Alexander
7/11, 11/8, 14/16, 11/5, 11/4
Max Lee
Nathan Turnbull (Aus)
11/4, 16/14, 11/5
[4] Zac Alexander (Aus)
[Q] Luke Forster (Aus)
12/14, 11/6, 11/3, 11/7
[6] Max Lee (Hkg)
Max Lee
10/12, 11/6, 9/11, 11/3, 11/8
Dick Lau
[Q] Sam Miller (Eng)
11/9, 11/3, 2/11, 11/4
[2] Dick Lau (Hkg)
Top End Open 2009
Women's Draw
07-10 May, Darwin $6k
Round One
08 May
Quarters
08 May
Semis
09 May
Final
10 May
[1] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
Bye
Donna Urquhart
11/7, 10/12, 11/4, 11/2
Amanda Cranston
Donna Urquhart
11/5, 10/12, 11/1, 11/8
Melody Francis
Donna Urquhart
9/11, 11/8, 8/11, 11/4, 13/11
Amelia Pittock
[5] Amanda Cranston (Nzl)
11/2, 11/1, 11/2
Selena Shaikh (Aus)
[3] Melody Francis (Aus)
11/3, 11/6, 11/5
Josefa Bertilsson (Swe)
Melody Francis
11/4, 11/4, 10/12, 13/11
Maggy Marshall
[8] Maggy Marshall (Aus)
7/11, 14/2, 11/8, 11/6
Tamika Saxby (Aus)
Alma Kushartanti (Aus)
11/5, 11/2, 11/3
[8] Misaki Kobayashi (Jpn)
Misaki Kobayashi
11/9, 11/7, 11/2
Zoe Petranovsky
Misaki Kobayashi
11/2, 6/11, 13/11, 11/9
Amelia Pittock
Christine Nunn (Aus)
11/7, 15/13, 6/11, 11/1
[4] Zoe Petranovsky (Aus)
Samantha Davies (Aus)
11/6, 11/9, 13/11
[7] Sarah Cardwell (Aus)
Samantha Davies
11/9, 14/12, 11/5
Amelia Pittock
Bye
[2] Amelia Pittock (Aus)

Lee & Urquhart Triumph In Top End Open

 

Hong Kong’s Max Lee and Australian Donna Urquhart took the honours at the Top End Open squash tournament at the Darwin Squash Centre in Darwin, the first event on the 2009 Australian professional tour.

 

Urquhart claimed the fourth title of her career when she downed fellow countrywoman Amelia Pittock in the final of the $6,000 WISPA World Tour event 9-11, 11-8, 8-11 11-4, 13-11.

 

The 22-year-old from Yamba in New South Wales had been suffering from the flu all week and was still not feeling 100 per cent heading into the final.

 

But the left-hander recovered enough to withstand everything Pittock threw at her, clinching a hard fought match to claim her second title of the year following her success in the Australia Day Challenge in Brisbane in January.

 

Urquhart looked down and out when she faced two match balls in the fifth game, but she hung in and saved both before claiming the narrowest of victories.

 

"I don’t know how I won that," she said later.  "There was one match ball when I just threw my racket out and closed my eyes and I thought I was gone.  I couldn’t believe it when I saw the ball coming back and the rally was still going."

 

In the final of the men's $7,000 PSA World Tour championship, 21-year-old Max Lee ended the run of New Zealand-based Australian Mike Corren with a four-game victory.

 

Sixth seed Lee recovered from losing the first game to a player 14 years his senior to win the biggest title of his career, taking the match 8-11, 11-9, 11-6, 11-8.

 

The win - the second Tour title of Lee's career, but his first on foreign soil - was the culmination of a highly successful week for the Hong Kong underdog who beat second-seeded compatriot Dick Lau in the quarter-finals then downed fourth seed Zac Alexander in the semis.

 

"After I played Dick I was very, very tired, and it was the same after I played Zac," Lee said.  "Today I tried to slow the game down, but I was still very tired.  I think the hot conditions suited me – the ball was very bouncy in the back court and I could keep the points going."

 

Corren, the No7 seed, said he had peaked in his quarter-final win over top seed Scott Arnold and had slipped in the semi-finals and the final.

 

“I think with all the training behind me I should have risen to the challenge,” said the 35-year-old, celebrating his 30th Tour final.  "It’s really a matter of keeping the form going for the whole tournament -- you’ve got to be able to play four good matches in a row."