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10/05/2010
TOP END OPEN
 

Alexander & Camilleri Win Top End Titles In Darwin

Top End Open 2010
Men's Draw
07-09 Mar, Darwin, Australia, $7k
Round Two
07 May
Quarters
08 May
Semis
08 May
Final
09 May
[1] Matthew Karwalski (AUS)
11-1, 11-5, 11-4
Jamie Mcervale (AUS)
Matthew Karwalski
11-8, 11-9, 11-8
Justin Beard
Matthew Karwalski
11-9, 11-9, 11-9
Zac Alexander
Zac Alexander
11-6, 11-2, 11-5
Mike Corren
[5] Justin Beard (AUS)
11-2, 11-4, 11-3
[11] Ben Werchon (AUS)
[3] Zac Alexander (AUS)
11-0, 11-1, 11-2
 Tim Cowell (AUS)
Zac Alexander
11-3, 11-3, 11-5
Rex Hedrick
[6] Rex Hedrick (AUS)
11-3, 11-4, 14-16, 11-9
 Chris Lloyd (NZL)
[15] Sam Fife (AUS)
11-6, 11-9, 11-9
[8] Peter Taylor (AUS)
Peter Taylor
11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 11-2
Nathan Stevenson
Nathan Stevenson
11-7, 11-6, 11-6
Mike Corren
[14] Hon Fung Wong (HKG)
 9-11, 11-5, 11-9, 13-11
[4] Nathan Stevenson (AUS)
[9] Alex Grayson (NZL)
13-15, 11-6, 11-9, 11-13, 11-9
[7] Jacob Alexander (AUS
Jacob Alexander
11-5, 11-3, 11-8
Mike Corren
 [10] Cheng Yao Huang (TPE)
9-11, 11-5, 11-2, 9-11, 12-10
[2] Mike Corren (AUS)
Top End Open 2010
Wom
en's Draw
07-09 Mar, Darwin, Australia, $7k
Round Two
07 May
Quarters
08 May
Semis
08 May
Final
08 May
[1] Lisa Camilleri (AUS)
11-6, 11-1, 11-0
Natalie Newton (AUS)
Lisa Camilleri
7-11, 11-7, 11-3, 11-2
Samantha Davies
Lisa Camilleri
11-6, 11-5, 11-3
Melody Francis
Lisa Camilleri
11-5, 11-5, 11-9
Amelia Pittock
[7] Samantha Davies (AUS)
 11-2, 11-3, 11-2
Challen Stowell (AUS)
[3] Melody Francis (AUS)
11-1, 11-7, 11-2
 Charmaine Mills (AUS)
Melody Francis
5-11, 11-5, 11-6, 14-12
Zoe Petrovansky
[5] Zoe Petrovansky (AUS)
11-3, 11-4, 11-3
Nicole Stoneham (AUS)
[9] Tamika Saxby (AUS)
13-11, 11-8, 1-11, 12-10
[8] Maggy Marshall (AUS)
Maggy Marshall
11-5, 11-9, 11-4
Amelia Pittock
Amelia Pittock
11-9, 11-0, 11-3
Kylie Lindsay
[11] Grazia Guida (AUS)
11-2, 11-2, 11-3
[4] Amelia Pittock (AUS)
[10] Selena Shaikh (AUS)
12-10, 11-4, 11-2
[6] Sarah Cardwell (AUS)
Sarah Cardwell
11-9, 11-5, 11-4
Kylie Lindsay
 [12] Bethany Brazier (AUS)
11-5, 11-8, 11-4
[2] Kylie Lindsay (NZL)

Alexander & Camilleri Win Top End Titles In Darwin

 

Queensland duo Zac Alexander and Lisa Camilleri claimed the honours in the Top End Squash Open in Australia after successes in the finals at the Darwin Squash Centre in Darwin.

 

Third seed Alexander beat second-seeded South Australian Mike Corren 11-6, 11-2, 11-5 in the final of the $7,250 PSA World Tour event, while favourite Camilleri downed Victorian Amelia Pittock, the fourth seed, 11-5, 11-5, 11-9 in the $6,100 women's WISPA World Tour event decider – with both Corren and Pittock finishing as runners-up for the second year in a row.

 

The 21-year-old Alexander, who has risen to a career-high world ranking of 78, looked in great touch as he disposed of the more experienced Corren, 35, for the second time in a Professional Squash Association final this year.

 

Alexander, who also beat the South Australian to win the Australia Day Challenge in Brisbane in January, said these were the matches he had to win for the sake of his career.

 

"I’m on the way up and am becoming more mature, and he’s gradually coming down – I think age is finally catching up with him," Alexander said after his fifth PSA Tour title success.  "He’s been such a great player and he still has amazing racquet skills – that’s why he can still beat 95 per cent of the players in the draw."

 

Alexander is now based in New York and will now head back to the US for some more training before returning to Australia for the Victorian Open in July and then the Australian Open in Canberra.

 

Earlier Camilleri put some recent poor form behind her as she stormed to her second Top End Open squash title and her seventh on the world tour with her win over Pittock.

 

The 27-year-old from Tully in Far North Queensland made her name on the world tour in 2008 when she won five titles, including the Top End Open.

 

But she had a lean 2009, making just two finals, and had had a disappointing start to 2010 until her win in Darwin.

 

"I’ve had a pretty bad start to the year and lost a bit of confidence," she said.  "I struggled in some tournaments overseas so I decided to come back to Australia and do a lot of training."

 

Camilleri has moved to Melbourne and has been training under the watchful eye of former great Vicki Cardwell, whose daughter Sarah is one of Australia’s most promising players.

 

“She (Cardwell) is so passionate about squash – if you want to get on the court at midnight she will get out there with you and hit balls for you for two hours,” Camilleri said.  "It’s just a great atmosphere to train in."