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19/07/2009
AUSTRALIAN OPEN
 

Boswell & King Triumph In Australian Open

Men's Draw
Australian Open 2009
14-19 July, Clare Valley, $30k
Round One
16 Jul
Quarters
17 Jul
Semis
18 Jul
Final
19 Jul
[1] Ong Beng Hee (Mas)
11-7, 13-11, 11-8 (34 mins)
[Q] Wade Johnstone (Aus)
Ong Beng Hee
11-2, 9-11, 13-11, 10-12, 13-11 (83 m)
Martin Knight
Ong Beng Hee
11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 5-11, 12-10 (86m)
Cameron Pilley
Cameron Pilley
11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-9 (98m)
Stewart Boswell
[8] Martin Knight (Nzl)
 11-8, 11-4, 12-10 (42 mins)
Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
[3] Cameron Pilley (Aus)
11-5, 11-4, 11-6 (21 mins)
Justin Beard (Aus)
Cameron Pilley
11-5, 11-9, 11-6
Aaron Frankcomb
[6] Aaron Frankcomb (Aus)
 6-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 (61 mins)
[Q] Bradley Hindle (Aus)
Scott Arnold (Aus)
11-5, 6-11, 11-5, 12-10 (57 mins)
[5] Kashif Shuja (Nzl)
Scott Arnold
11-8, 11-4, 11-4 (20m)
Tarek Momen
Tarek Momen
11-7, 10-12, 11-9, 11-6 (56m)
Stewart Boswell
[Q] Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
3-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 11-4 (34 mins)
[4] Tarek Momen (Egy)
Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
 7-11, 11-7, 11-8, 9-11, 11-8 (80 mins)
Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
Lucky Loser
Campbell Grayson
11-7, 11-4, 11-5 (34m)
Stewart Boswell
[Q] Steve Finitsis (Aus)
11-5, 11-4, 11-6 (31 mins)
[2] Stewart Boswell (Aus)

Womens Draw
Australian Open 2009
14-19 July, Clare Valley

Round One
14 Jul
Quarters
15 Jul
Semis
16 Jul
Final
17 Jul
[1] Kasey Brown (Aus)
11-7, 11-4, 11-5 (24 mins)
[Q] Jane Kennedy (Eng)
Kasey Brown
11-5, 11-3, 11-8 (26m)
Olga Ertlova
Kasey Brown
11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 8-11, 11-2 (53m)
Joelle King
Joelle King
11-6, 11-13, 14-12, 11-7 (48m)
Annie Au
[8] Olga Ertlova (Cze)
 12-10, 9-11, 11-6, 11-5 (36 mins)
Melody Francis (Aus)
[4] Lisa Camilleri (Aus)
11-4, 11-2, 11-3 (23 mins)
Sarah Cardwell (Aus)
Lisa Camilleri
11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6 (36m)
Joelle King
[6] Joelle King (Nzl)
11-7, 11-6, 11-4 (17 mins)
[Q] Tamika Saxby (Aus)
Joseffa Bertilsson (Swe)
11-1, 11-3, 11-5 (13 mins)
[5] Elise Ng (Hkg)
Elise Ng
11-5, 11-6, 11-6 (19m)
Donna Urquhart
Donna Urquhart
11-6, 11-9, 11-4 (28m)
Annie Au
Zoe Petranovsky (Aus)
11-6, 11-3, 11-3 (16 mins)
[3] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
Amanda Cranston (Nzl)
11-7, 11-9, 11-6 (23 mins)
[7] Amelia Pittock (Aus)
Amelia Pittock
 9-11, 11-6, 11-7, 11-3 (31m)
Annie Au
Jackie Laurenson (Nzl)
11-6, 11-3, 11-3 (18 mins)
[2] Annie Au (Hkg)

Boswell & King Triumph In Australian Open

 

Australian Stewart Boswell claimed his fourth title - and New Zealander Joelle King her maiden crown - when the pair emerged triumphant in the finals of the Clare Valley Australian Open at the Valleys Lifestyle Centre in Clare, South Australia.

 

In the marathon climax of the men's $30,000 PSA World Tour tournament, Boswell beat fellow Australian Cameron Pilley, his doubles partner, 11-8, 7-11, 11-8, 10-12, 11-9 in a thrilling 98-minute match to move to fourth place on the menís all-time list of Australian Open winners.

 

The clash, a repeat of the 2007 final, was full of high quality squash as the two Australian team-mates traded shots for over one and a half hours, both refusing to give an inch in a drama-charged final.

 

There was nothing between the two players for the whole match as first Boswell, then Pilley gained the ascendancy, each game being won by the barest of margins.

 

Going into the fifth there was still no indication as to who would end on top until, at six-all, Boswell stepped up a gear and opened a three-point break.

 

Pilley clawed it back to 9-9, but Boswell regrouped to win the next two points and the championship.

 

The 30-year-old from Canberra added the 2009 title to wins in 2002, 2006 and 2007 and will now defend his title when the Australian Open moves to his home town in 2010.

 

"It had a bit of everything," Boswell said of the final.  "It was a decent match as far as both grinding it out Ė I just probably got a bit lucky with the calls towards the end."

 

Boswell said it was difficult playing Pilley, from New South Wales, because of the amount of time they had spent playing and training together.

 

"We practice together all the time and we both know each otherís games very well so it means the matches are always pretty tight," he said.

 

The two have now met six times on the professional tour, with Boswell winning five of those, and four going the full distance.

 

Boswell, who was once ranked number four in the world before a severe back injury put him off the tour for almost two years, said he was surprised he had done so well.

 

"I am in the twilight of my career and Iím surprised at how I played this week," said the world No20, who now boasts 18 PSA Tour titles.  "I thought I might sneak through a couple of rounds but Iím really happy Ė I will try and build on that form throughout the new season.

 

"I played better as the week went on.  I stuck to my tactical plans better than I have done."

 

Boswell now moves on to Chinese Taipei where he represents Australia in the World Games, the squash event of which gets underway in Kaohsiung on Tuesday (21 July).

 

Joelle King became the second New Zealand winner in three years when she beat defending champion Annie Au 11-6, 11-13, 14-12, 11-7 in the final of the women's $18,700 WISPA World Tour event.

 

The 20-year-old from Cambridge was seeded sixth heading into the Open, but downed top seed Kasey Brown in the semi-finals before accounting for Au, the second seed from Hong Kong, in the final.

 

Her power and speed proved the difference against Au, a player who relies more on placement than sheer force.

 

The Kiwi also showed enormous determination as she saved five game balls in the crucial third game, which would have given Au a 2/1 lead.

 

"I think if I had won that third game the result would have been different," Au said.  "But I lost concentration and she didnít give up Ė I think maybe she was more eager to win than me.

 

"She played more shots and I felt like I was under pressure all the time."

 

Kingís countrywoman Shelley Kitchen won the Open in 2007 in its first year in Clare, while King and fellow Kiwi Jaclyn Hawkes both made the semi-finals last year.

 

"This is just huge for me Ė this is a big step in my career and Iím just absolutely over the moon," said King, ranked 53 in the world.  "I knew that if I could keep on top of her with my pace I would be okay but itís hard to do that against a class player like Annie."

 

King agreed that winning the third game from so far behind had been crucial:  "I donít know where that mongrel in me came from," she said.  "It was just a kind of blur from 5-10 down and then a few quick easy points and youíre back in the game.

 

"I think winning the third got me up for the fourth."

 

King was always in control in the fourth as she took the match to join fellow New Zealanders Kitchen, Susan Devoy and Leilani Joyce on the Heather McKay Cup.

 

"This is by far the biggest title Iíve ever won," said the new champion.  "At the end of last year I got to a certain point on my natural talent and ability and I knew that I had to put in some big work physically and mentally to take me to the next step, and Iíve done that this year.

 

"Iíve always thought I could be a top 20, top 10 player and now that Iím starting to beat these girls I definitely know itís possible."

 

Top Seeds Toppled In Australian Open Upsets

 

Top seeds Ong Beng Hee and Kasey Brown failed to survive the semi-finals in the Clare Valley Australian Open, both going out in five games in the country's most prestigious squash tournament in Clare, South Australia.

 

Australiaís third seed Cameron Pilley fought off a stirring comeback from Malaysian favourite Ong Beng Hee in the men's $30,000 PSA World Tour tournament to set up an all-Australian final against doubles partner Stewart Boswell.

 

Pilley battled to an 11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 5-11, 12-10 victory in 86 minutes before three-time Open champion Boswell, the No2 seed, saw off the challenge of dangerous Egyptian Tarek Momen 11-7, 10-12, 11-9, 11-6.

 

The final is a rematch of the 2007decider, which Boswell won in five tough games, and ensures at least one local winner following the demise of both remaining Australian players in the womenís semi-finals.

 

Beng Hee was pushed all the way by Kiwi Martin Knight in Fridayís quarter-finals before grinding out a win, but he was unable to do so again against the 26-year-old New South Welshman.

 

Pilley came out all guns blazing and took the opening two games comfortably, only for the Malaysian to regroup and come charging back as Pilley went off the boil.

 

In the decider Pilley opened up a handy lead and had two match balls at 10-8, but the Malaysian saved both and a second last-gasp win in as many days looked on the cards.  But the tall Australian had one more chance and this time there was no answer from the top seed.

 

ďI went on so focused at the start of the match and I was really pleased with the first two games,Ē Pilley said.  ďI was on top of him and hitting the ball well, putting the pressure on him before going short, and then I took my foot of the gas a bit."

 

Boswell and Pilley won the Australian Open doubles title in Melbourne last week and know each otherís games very well.

 

ďHe played really well today,Ē Boswell said. ďItís hard to play someone like that because we play doubles together and weíre good mates as well.Ē

 

Momen tried every trick in his arsenal to try and throw Boswell off his game, but the 30-year-old from Canberra was able to withstand the pressure, winning in just under an hour to give himself a chance of winning his third title in four years.

 

In the women's $18,700 WISPA World Tour event, New Zealandís Joelle King recorded the biggest win of her career when she stunned top seed Kasey Brown.  King, the sixth seed, downed the 2006 champion in five games 11-8, 11-7, 8-11, 8-11, 11-2 to reach the final - where she will play defending champion Annie Au, of Hong Kong, after Auís 11-6, 11-9, 11-4 win over New South Walesís Donna Urquhart.

 

King, who will be aiming to become the second New Zealander to win the Australian Open in two years following Shelley Kitchenís 2007 triumph, has been in tremendous form over the past month, winning both the NSW and Victorian Opens.

 

However, she was not expected to trouble the 23-year-old Brown, who at number 14 is ranked almost 40 places above the New Zealander.

 

King had other ideas though and began to dominate Brown from 5-5 in the opening game, moving the Australian around the court with some deft placement and blistering power.

 

She opened up a two-game lead and appeared in control, only for Brown to come storming back and take command of the next two games.

 

However the effort of getting back on terms seemed to sap Brownís energy and King took an early lead in the decider and didnít look back.

 

ďThis is the biggest win Iíve had in my career,Ē she King.  ďIím a bit speechless at the moment Ė itís been a little while coming but finally I got it.Ē

 

Au looked in imposing form as she downed Urquhart in straight games.  The defending champion took the pace of the ball brilliantly and didnít allow her taller opponent any rhythm.

 

ďI think Joelle is playing very well and I think it will be difficult for me because she hits the ball so fast,Ē Au said.  ďI wonít be able to make too many mistakes. Last time I played against her at the World Juniors I lost three-love.Ē

 

Beng Hee Battles To Australian Open Semis

 

Top-seeded Malaysian Ong Beng Hee was forced to save a match ball in the fifth game before eventually subduing the challenge of New Zealandís Martin Knight in the men's quarter-finals of the Clare Valley Australian Open in Clare, South Australia.

 

World number 14 Beng Hee won the first game easily - but was then locked in fierce battle with the seventh-seeded Kiwi before winning 11-2, 9-11, 13-11, 10-12, 13-11 in the best match of the $30,000 PSA World Tour tournament to date.

 

The 29-year-old from P enang now takes on New South Welshman Cameron Pilley in the semi-finals, with the winner to play either three-time champion Stewart Boswell or classy Egyptian Tarek Momen.

 

"I think after I won the first game easily I relaxed too much, but that is probably the best Martin has played against anyone," said the Malaysian.  "He made it hard for me to volley and step forward. All credit to him, I was very lucky to win."

 

Earlier 26-year-old Pilley continued his dominance over Hobartís Aaron Frankcomb with a hard fought 11-5, 11-9, 11-6 win.  Pilley, the world number 22, conceded he would have to lift his game if he was to reach the final after beating Frankcomb for the eighth consecutive time.

 

"Iím playing well enough to beat Aaron in three - Aaronís a good player but heís number 40 in the world," Pilley said.  "Beng Hee's pushing top 10 so I will have to step it up another gear."

 

Momen was in breathtaking form as he cruised into the semi-finals with an 11-8, 11-4, 11-4 win over unseeded Australian Scott Arnold of Sydney.  Boswell looked equally comfortable in his 11-7, 11-4, 11-5 win over New Zealandís Campbell Grayson.

 

In the women's $18,700 WISPA World Tour event, top seed Kasey Brown showed she is still the one to beat when she downed the Czech Republicís Olga Ertlova 11-5, 11-3, 11-8 to claim a place in the semis.

 

Champion in 2006 and runner-up for the past two years, Brown took advantage of eighth-seeded Ertlovaís inexperience on the glass court as she raced away with the first two games.  The Czech player came back into the match as she adjusted to the conditions but Brown was too steady in the closing stages and came back from 4-7 down in the third to close out the match.

 

She will now play New Zealandís Joelle King in the semi-finals, just as she did at the same stage in 2008.

 

King reached the last four with an upset win over fourth-seeded Queenslander Lisa Camilleri 11-8, 5-11, 8-11, 11-6.

 

"Iím looking forward to playing Kasey, I havenít played her since last year - and itís a good occasion as well,Ē the 20-year-old said.

 

King has been in top form heading into the Australian Open, winning the state titles in Sydney and Melbourne and she showed she cannot be discounted this year as she beat Camilleri for the second time in three weeks.

 

"Iíve put in a lot of hard work this year and Iíve got a good team behind me at home, and the results are showing."

 

The second semi-final will be between defending champion Annie Au of Hong King and Donna Urquhart from New South Wales.  Au was forced to fight hard to overcome Australian Amelia Pittock 9-11, 11-6, 11-7 11-3 while Urquhart demolished Auís countrywoman Elise Ng 11-5, 11-6, 11-6.

 

Locals Clean Up In Australian Open Qualifiers

 

Queenslandís Steve Finitsis downed Pakistanís highly-rated Khawaja Adil Maqbool in straight games in the men's qualifying finals of the Clare Valley Australian Open to lead a surprise all-Australian quartet through to the main draw of the $30,000 PSA World Tour squash event at Valleys Lifestyle Centre in Clare in South Australia.

 

Finitsis won two tight games before steamrolling Maqbool in the third to win 14-12, 11-8, 11-1 and move into the first round proper, where he will play second seed and three-time champion Stewart Boswell.

 

Other men's qualifiers were Mackayís Bradley Hindle, New South Welshman Matthew Karwalski and US-based Victorian Wade Johnstone.

 

Hindle ended Luke Forsterís run with a straightforward 11-7, 11-3, 11-3 win.  However, Johnstone and Karwalski were both taken the distance by their compatriot opponents - Johnstone beating Nathan Stevenson 11-5, 3-11, 11-7, 11-13, 11-7 and Karwalski holding off Zac Alexander 11-13, 11-7, 11-8, 13-15, 11-8.

 

In the qualifying finals for the women's $18,700 WISPA World Tour event, Englandís Jane Kennedy prevented further local domination in the event by beating South Australian Alma Kushartanti 11-7, 5-11, 11-3, 12-10 Ė while Tamika Saxby, the 17-year-old from Coffs Harbour in Australia, ousted Adelaideís Bonnie Wu 11-5, 11-5, 11-6.

 

Nathan Stevenson gained a welcome reprieve, however, when seventh-seeded Frenchman Stephane Galifi withdrew injured at the last minute, handing the Queenslander a place in the main draw as a lucky loser.

 

Finitsis said he was mentally tougher than Maqbool, and that was the difference between the two men.

 

ďI was down in the first two games but I stayed strong and got the big points,Ē he said.  ďOnce I got the first two games, he didnít seem to want to do the hard yards in the third.Ē

 

The Amsterdam-based 26-year-old will play Tasmaniaís Aaron Frankcomb in the first round and said anything was possible this week.

 

ďAs the score shows, I pretty well just played my match and didnít make too many mistakes today,Ē he said.  ďEveryone is wary of everyone this year -- it could be a tournament where any one of the qualifiers could win it, and so could any of the main draw players.Ē

 

Johnstone, playing his first tournament in Australia in four years, said he was suffering from a lack of match fitness.

 

ďI was very tired Ė Iíve been off for a couple of months with a hamstring injury and I just started training again a few weeks ago, so match fitness isnít quite what it should be,Ē he said.  ďItís too hard to be consistent when you canít move to the ball.Ē