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First Career Win For Cardwell

First Career Win For Cardwell


Sarah Cardwell won her first ever career title after the home favourite beat No2 seed Liu Tsz Ling of Hong Kong in the WSA Australia Day Challenge 2012. 

The 20-year-old from Melbourne went a game down to her opponent, ranked no55 in the world, before storming back to win 3-1 in 45minutes. 


Cardwell, daughter of Australian squash legend Vicki Cardwell, was playing in her third final on the women's tour.

She saw defeat at the hand of her Liu the last time they played and said she was glad to have got her revenge on home soil:  "I wanted to win my first title before I was 21 and I made it,"


“This was my third final and I've been in a lot of semi-finals on the Australian tour so I was really glad to get the win."


Cardwell will lead the Australian team at the inaugural Under 21 World Cup next month and said playing in Brisbane in January was an ideal way to prepare for Chennai.

"It's the perfect preparation for India, it was so hot at the courts today," she said.
"I lost 2.5 kilograms in my quarter-final against Sam Davies, and that was only three games."


Cardwell has been training in Melbourne with her mother and has also been getting coaching from a team that includes former great Sarah Fitz-Gerald.

She said she would use her win in Brisbane as a springboard to more success, in an attempt to replicate last year’s winner, fellow Victorian Melody Francis , who went on to win another four titles in 2011. 




1. Sarah Cardwell (AUS) bt 2. Liu Tsz Ling (HKG) 6-11, 11-5, 11-4, 12-10 45 Minutes


Semi finals:

1. Sarah Cardwell (AUS) bt 5. Carmen Lee (HKG) 11-5, 11-8, 8-11, 12-10 44 Minutes

2. Liu Tsz Ling (HKG) bt 3. Tamika Saxby (AUS) 11-3, 11-6, 11-8 24 Minutes


Quarter finals:

1. Sarah Cardwell (AUS) bt 8.  Samantha Davies (AUS) 12-10, 11-8, 11-8 44 Minutes

5. Carmen Lee (HKG) bt 4. Maggy Marshall (AUS) 14-12, 11-3, 11-8 24 Minutes

3. Tamika Saxby (AUS) bt 10. Bethany Brazier (AUS) 11-8, 11-3, 11-5 22 Minutes

2. Liu Tsz Ling (HKG) bt 6. Megan Craig (NZL) 11-9, 12-10, 11-6 26 Minutes


Round two:

1. Sarah Cardwell (AUS)      bt 11. Selena Shaikh (AUS) 11-3, 11-4, 11-5 (24mins)

8.  Samantha Davies (AUS) bt 9. Zoe Petrovansky (AUS) 2-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-4 (25mins)

4. Maggy Marshall (AUS) bt 15. Natalie Newton (AUS) 6-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 (30mins)

5. Carmen Lee (HKG) bt Aimee Slater (AUS) 11-13, 11-8, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7 (45mins)

10. Bethany Brazier (AUS) bt Larissa Huffer (AUS) 7-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-7 (30mins)

3. Tamika Saxby (AUS) bt 12. Grace McErvale (AUS) 11-5, 11-5, 11-2 (27mins)

6. Megan Craig (NZL) bt 16. Tiffany Loss (AUS) 11-3, 11-5, 11-2 (17mins)

2. Liu Tsz Ling (HKG) bt 13. Jessica Turnbull (AUS) 11-56, 11-7, 11-2 (23mins)


Round one:

1. Sarah Cardwell (AUS) vs BYE

11. Selena Shaikh (AUS) bt Rebecca Baum (AUS) 11-2, 11-7, 11-5 (25mins)

8.  Samantha Davies (AUS) bt Lakeesha Rarere (AUS) 11-4, 11-4, 11-2 (24mins)

9. Zoe Petrovansky (AUS) bt Eloise O'Connor (AUS) 11-4, 11-6, 11-1 (23mins)

15. Natalie Newton (AUS) bt Stacey Cope (AUS) 11-4, 11-4, 11-6 (23mins)

5. Carmen Lee (HKG) vs BYE

Aimee Slater (AUS) bt 14. Jennifer Brown (AUS) 11-6, 11-2, 11-2 (20mins)

Maggy Marshall (AUS) vs BYE

10. Bethany Brazier (AUS) bt Iritana Gray (AUS) 11-4, 11-5, 11-2 (15mins)

Larissa Huffer (AUS) bt 7. Christine Nunn (AUS) 11-3, 11-9, 11-6 (27mins)

12. Grace McErvale (AUS) bt Nicole Stoneham (AUS) 11-6, 11-9, 12-10 (25mins)

BYE vs 3. Tamika Saxby (AUS)

16. Tiffany Loss (AUS) bt Racheael Gibson (AUS) 11-7, 11-3, 11-7 (15mins)

6. Megan Craig (NZL) vs Nathalie Sutter (AUS) 11-4, 11-4, 11-5 (17mins)

13. Jessica Turnbull (AUS) bt Jasmine Burnard (AUS) 11-7, 11-6, 11-6 (21mins)

BYE vs Liu Tsz Ling (HKG)