RESULTS: PSA Challenger 5 Golden Open, Kalgoorlie, Australia
Karwalski Strikes Gold in Kalgoorlie
Australia's Matthew Karwalski beat Englishman Anthony Graham
in today's final of the Golden Open to win the PSA World Tour
Challenger 5 squash title at the YMCA in Kalgoorlie,
25-year-old top seed from New South Wales downed third seeded Graham in
four games 11-9, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9 to justify his top billing. The
success marks Karwalski's third title on the PSA Tour - but his first
Karwalski was beaten in the final of last week's City of Perth
International by South Australia's Mike Corren - but the
21-year-old Graham surprisingly ended Corren's challenge in the
Karwalski took full advantage of defending champion Corren's absence
from the decider as he edged out the young Englishman for his first tour
success since winning in Kuala Lumpur in December 2008.
been a long time coming," Karwalski said of the win. "I've been
runner-up quite a few times lately but never quite won - but I knew if I
was persistent and kept trusting in myself it would come."
Karwalski spent some time in England with fellow Australian Stewart
Boswell late last year and early in 2011, and said that move had
paid off with some good results earlier in the year, including
qualifying for the Canary Wharf Classic in London and the
Irish Open in Dublin.
all came together at the end of that trip," continued the Wagga Wagga-born
world No73. "At Canary Wharf I got to play on the glass court and at the
Irish Open I beat a quality English player (Adrian Waller) in
qualifying, so I knew I had what it takes to play against the top guys.
coming back I didn't play for a while and my confidence dropped but I've
had a few good hits with Mike Corren over the past few weeks and
that has helped.
guess I had mixed feelings not playing Mike in the final - it would have
been nice to get one over him, Anthony obviously played well to beat him
in the semis, and you can only play who walks onto the court.
the first two games I felt he was a bit tired and I was ahead
physically, but he changed his game in the third and I think I tried to
finish it too quickly, but I felt in control in the fourth."
Karwalski now heads straight to New Zealand for some training and
exhibition matches, before going to the Malaysian Open in July,
followed two weeks later by the Australian Open, where he will
try to match last year's efforts in qualifying for one of the year's
"That's a major goal for me - to play in the first round on the glass
court in front of my home crowd," concluded Karwalski.
 Matthew Karwalski (AUS) bt Frank Hartkoren (NED) 8-11,
11-7, 11-6, 11-5
[Q] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt [Q] Joseph Watts (NZL)
11-2, 11-3, 11-5
[Q] Evan Williams (NZL) bt Jamie Mcervale (AUS) 11-6,
 Justin Beard (AUS) bt Walter Koteka (AUS) 11-4, 11-3,
 Anthony Graham (ENG) bt Ben Takamizawa Harris (JPN)
11-5, 11-6, 13-11
[Q] Ben Werchon (AUS) bt James Skiffington (NZL) 14-12,
Elvinn Keo (MAS) bt Sunil Seth (AUS) 13-11, 11-5, 11-7
 Mike Corren (AUS) bt Josh Cardwell (AUS) 13-11, 11-7,
 Matthew Karwalski (AUS) bt [Q] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND)
4-11, 11-4, 11-2, 4-11, 11-8
 Justin Beard (AUS) bt [Q] Evan Williams (NZL) 11-4,
11-2, 8-11, 10-12, 11-7
 Anthony Graham (ENG) bt [Q] Ben Werchon (AUS) 11-2,
11-4, 9-11, 11-6
 Mike Corren (AUS) bt Elvinn Keo (MAS) 11-7, 11-7, 11-6
 Matthew Karwalski (AUS) bt  Justin Beard (AUS)
11-8, 8-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-5 (50m)
 Anthony Graham (ENG) bt  Mike Corren (AUS) 3-11,
11-3, 11-7, 11-6 (48m)
 Matthew Karwalski (AUS) bt  Anthony Graham (ENG)
11-9, 11-7, 7-11, 11-9 (39m)