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02/08/2010
QUEENSLAND OPEN
 

Finitsis & Camilleri Celebrate Aussie Double In Queensland Open

Rock Building Society Queensland Squash Open, Rockhampton, Australia
 

Finitsis & Camilleri Celebrate Aussie Double In Queensland Open

 

Australians Steve Finitsis and Lisa Camilleri took the spoils in the Rock Building Society Queensland Squash Open at Scottvale Park Squash Centre in Rockhampton, Australia.

 

Queenslander Steve Finitsis justified his top billing in the men's $3,500 PSA World Tour event when he won the title for the first time after a straight games win over Denmark’s Rasmus Nielsen.

 

Finitsis went into the tournament as the highest ranked and most experienced player and it showed as he downed Nielsen 11-2, 11-7, 11-7.

 

He had earlier accounted for Swiss player Reiko Peter in the semi-finals 11-8, 11-3, 11-6 while Nielsen ended the giant-killing run of 19-year-old Queenslander Sunil Seth 11-6, 11-8, 10-12, 11-5.

 

“It’s a good feeling to win my home state open,” the 27-year-old Finitsis said.  “I was runner-up in 2007, but when you look at the previous winners of the Queensland Open, to have my name alongside those players is pretty special."

 

Finitsis moved to the Dutch city of Almere 18 months ago and said his game had developed enormously in that time.

 

“I’ve learned a lot and progressed so much, and even though my ranking (72) is not the best at the moment, the European tour can be quite difficult,” he said.  “In my last three tournaments I have lost early round matches in five games.  If I had won those, my ranking would be a lot higher.

 

“But I’m hitting the ball with a lot more purpose and I’m a lot more composed during my matches,” added Finitsis, after his first Tour win of the year, but the seventh of his career.

 

Lisa Camilleri made it a Far North Queensland double when she came from two games down to beat South Korea’s Song Sun-Mi 7-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6 in the final of the women's $4,000 WISPA World Tour event.

 

Camilleri, the second seed from Tully, celebrated her selection in the Australian Commonwealth Games team with her seventh title in succession and her 13th overall.

 

Unbeaten now for 27 matches, the 27-year-old world No39 has a 10-day break before her Australian Open first round clash against Ireland’s Aisling Blake.

 

Men’s 1st round:

[10] Jonas Daehler (SUI) bt Jayden Wadd (AUS) 11-4, 9-11, 11-7, 11-6 (31m)

Se Hyun Lee (KOR) bt [16] Joseph Watts (NZL) 11-4, 12-10, 11-5 (32m)

[9] Jamie Mcervale (AUS) bt Syed Hamzah Shah Bukhari (PAK) w/o

[13] Chris Lloyd (NZL) bt Aurangzeb Mehmund (PAK) w/o

[14] Sunil Seth (AUS) bt Christopher Hanson (USA) 11-6, 11-3, 11-0 (15m)

[7] Adrian Dudzicki (CAN) bt Jaung Gue Park (KOR) 12-10, 0-11, 6-11, 11-5, 11-5 (55m)

[11] Caspar Grauball Nielsen (DEN) bt Edward Dromgool (NZL) 11-6, 10-12, 11-5, 11-3 (35m)

Jong Myoung Park (KOR) bt [15] Courtney West (AUS) 11-4, 10-12, 11-2, 11-4 (44m)

Steven London (ENG) bt [12] James Skiffington (NZL) 11-2, 11-7, 11-7 (30m)


2nd round:

[1] Steve Finitsis (AUS) bt [10] Jonas Daehler (SUI) 11-6, 11-4, 11-2 (25m)

Se Hyun Lee (KOR) bt [5] Peter Taylor (AUS) 9-11, 11-8, 6-11, 11-7 ret.

[4] Reiko Peter (SUI) bt [9] Jamie Mcervale (AUS) 8-11, 11-7, 8-11, 11-3, 11-9

[8] Frank Hartkoren (NED) bt [13] Chris Lloyd (NZL) 10-12, 12-10, 11-7, 11-9

[14] Sunil Seth (AUS) bt [7] Adrian Dudzicki (CAN) 5-11, 15-13, 12-10, 11-9 (33m)

[3] Peter Creed (GBR) bt [11] Caspar Grauball Nielsen (DEN) 11-7, 11-9, 10-12, 11-8

[6] Alex Grayson (NZL) bt Jong Myoung Park (KOR) 11-4, 11-3, 11-7 (35m)

[2] Rasmus Nielsen (DEN) bt Steven London (ENG) 11-5, 11-1, 11-5

   

Quarter-finals:

[1] Steve Finitsis (AUS) bt Se Hyun Lee (KOR) 11-4, 11-3, 11-2 (25m)

[4] Reiko Peter (SUI) bt [8] Frank Hartkoren (NED) 13-11, 11-5, 11-9 (40m)

[14] Sunil Seth (AUS) bt [3] Peter Creed (GBR) 9-11, 11-1, 10-12, 11-8, 11-6 (62m)

[2] Rasmus Nielsen (DEN) bt [6] Alex Grayson (NZL) 11-3, 12-10, 11-8 (29m)

   
Semi-finals:

[1] Steve Finitsis (AUS) bt [4] Reiko Peter (SUI) 11-8, 11-3, 11-6

[2] Rasmus Nielsen (DEN) bt [14] Sunil Seth (AUS) 11-6, 11-8, 10-12, 11-5

   
Final:

[1] Steve Finitsis (AUS) bt [2] Rasmus Nielsen (DEN) 11-2, 11-7, 11-7

 

Women’s 1st round:

Moana Gray (AUS) bt [16] Natalie Newton (AUS) 11-4, 11-5, 11-8 (25m)

Emily Stack-Masula (AUS) bt [15] Alyssa Mcinerney (AUS) 11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 12-10 (35m)

Aimee Slatter (AUS) bt [14] Challen Stowell (AUS) 11-5, 11-3, 11-8 (25m)

   
2nd round:

[1] Sharon Wee (MAS) bt [10] Tamika Saxby (AUS) 11-6, 11-8, 11-3 (21m)

[6] Amelia Pittock (AUS) bt [9] Maggy Marshall (AUS) 11-6, 11-3, 9-11, 11-7 (29m)

[3] Song Sun-Mi (KOR) bt Moana Gray (AUS) 11-1, 11-4, 11-4

[8] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) bt [11] Elpiniki Clement (USA) 11-6, 11-6, 5-11, 11-4

[7] Birgit Coufal (AUT) bt Emily Stack-Masula (AUS) 11-5, 11-4, 11-5

[4] Kylie Lindsay (NZL) bt [12] Bethany Brazier (AUS) 11-9, 11-5, 11-3

[5] Melody Francis (AUS) bt Aimee Slatter (AUS) 11-8, 14-12, 9-11, 11-1

[2] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bt [13] Grace Mcervale (AUS) 11-2, 11-1, 11-1 (20m)

   
Quarter-finals:

[6] Amelia Pittock (AUS) bt [1] Sharon Wee (MAS) 10-12, 11-6, 9-11, 11-3, 11-4 (31m)

[3] Song Sun-Mi (KOR) bt [8] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) 11-9, 11-3, 4-11, 11-4 (35m)

[4] Kylie Lindsay (NZL) bt [7] Birgit Coufal (AUT) 11-4, 11-9, 12-10

[2] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bt [5] Melody Francis (AUS) 11-5, 11-8, 11-3 (30m)

   

Semi-finals:

[3] Song Sun-Mi (KOR) bt [6] Amelia Pittock (AUS) 11-8, 11-3, 11-6

[2] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bt [4] Kylie Lindsay (NZL) 11-4, 11-3, 11-13, 11-7

   
Final:

[2] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bt [3] Song Sun-Mi (KOR) 7-11, 6-11, 11-7, 11-9, 11-6