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07/08/2012
VICTORIAN OPEN 2012
 

Bloodied Grayson Wins Victorian Open

Victorian Open 2012
02-08 Jul, Melbourne, Australia, $10k
Round Two
05 Jul  11.00-13.15
Quarters
06 Jul
Semis
07 Jul
Final
08 Jul
[1] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
13/11, 11/3, 11/7 (46m)
Evan Williams (Nzl)
Nafiizwan Adnan
11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (25m)
 Gonzalo Miranda
Nafiizwan Adnan
11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 11-4 (44m)
Aqeel Rehman
Nafiizwan Adnan
11-9, 4-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8 (110m)
Campbell Grayson
[8] Gonzalo Miranda (Arg)
11/9, 21/19, 11/9 (55m)
Patrick Meischer (Sui)
[7] Aqeel Rehman (Aut)
11/7, 6/11, 11/4, 12/10 (60m)
[Q] Chris Tasker-Grindley (Eng)
Aqeel Rehman
11-4, 11-6, 11-6 (45m)
Muhd Asyraf Azan
[4] Muhd Asyraf Azan (Mas)
11/1, 11/8, 4/11, 12/10 (40m)
[Q] Greg Lobban (Sco)
Nathan Stevenson (Aus)
12/10, 11/5, 11/5 (27m)
[3] Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
Matthew Karwalski
8-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-7, 11-9 (76m)
Kashif Shuja
Kashif Shuja
11-6, 11-4, 11-2 (32m)
Campbell Grayson
Paul Coll (Nzl)
3/11, 11/8, 5/11, 11/8, 11/6 (68m)
[6] Kashif Shuja (Nzl)
[Q] Cameron White (Aus)
11/8, 11/3, 11/7 (54m)
[5] Rex Hedrick (Aus)
Rex Hedrick
7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 8-11, 11-6 (113m)
Campbell Grayson
Florent Pontiere (Fra)
11/4, 11/7, 11/3 (37m)
[2] Campbell Grayson (Nzl)

1st round:
[1] Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) bt [Q] JaeJin Yoo (KOR) 11-8, 10-12, 11-3, 14-16, 11-2 (75m)
Evan Williams (NZL) bt [Q] Andrew McDougall (CAN) 11-8, 11-9, 10-12, 9-11, 11-5 (82m)
Patrick Miescher (SUI) bt [Q] Dan Busby (ENG) 6-11, 11-3, 11-5, 11-4 (32m)
[8] Gonzalo Miranda (ARG) bt Tsukue Shinnosuke (JPN) 11-9, 11-4, 7-11, 11-8 (65m)
[7] Aqeel Rehman (AUT) bt [Q] Tarek Salah Shehata (EGY) 12-10, 11-5, 11-2 (32m)
[Q] Chris Tasker-Grindley (ENG) bt Alex Phillips (ENG) 11-7, 11-5, 11-3 (23m)
[Q] Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Jamie McErvale (AUS) 11-5, 11-6, 11-8 (35m)
[4] Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS) bt Justin Beard (AUS) 5-11, 11-8, 11-7, 14-12 (58m)
[3] Matthew Karwalski (AUS) bt James Huang (TPE) 13-15, 11-3, 13-11, 4-11, 11-6 (57m)
Nathan Stevenson (AUS) bt James Earles (ENG) 4-11, 11-9, 11-2, 5-11, 11-6 (46m)
Paul Coll (NZL) bt [Q] Arthur Moineau (FRA) 11-4, 11-5, 11-3 (23m)
[6] Kashif Shuja (NZL) bt Chris Lloyd (NZL) 11-4, 11-7, 11-9 (33m)
[5] Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt Luke Sims (AUS) 11-4, 11-5, 11-3 (27m)
[Q] Cameron White (AUS) bt Ben Takamizawa Harris (JPN) 11-7, 11-3, 11-3 (26m)
Florent Pontiere (FRA) bt Kevin Moran (SCO) 11-8, 11-3, 11-6 (46m)
[2] Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt Hon Fung Wong (HKG) 11-1, 11-4, 11-6 (30m)
 

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 Victorian Open, Melbourne, Australia

 

Bloodied Grayson Wins Victorian Open

New Zealand's Campbell Grayson recovered from a blood injury in the fifth game to overcome top-seeded Malaysian Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan in today's superb final of the Victorian Open squash tournament in Melbourne.

Grayson was down 4-6 in the fifth of the climax of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 event at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre when he was hit in the nose by Adnan's elbow and was forced to take a 20-minute break to stop the bleeding.

But when he returned, the 26-year-old second seed from Auckland looked the fresher of the two players as he took seven of the next nine points to win the final 11-9, 4-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8 after 110 minutes.

"Wan's (Adnan) a really strong guy and we were both taking up space in the middle - it was very physical," Grayson said afterwards. "It wasn't a great time for it to happen."

It was the Kiwi's fourth title on the men's tour and his first since May 2011, and should see him break back into the top 50 when the new rankings are released at the end of the month.

Top Seeds Make Victorian Final

The top two seeds Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan and Campbell Grayson will contest the final of the Victorian Open after dismissing surprise opponents in today's semi-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

Adnan, the favourite from Malaysia, downed seventh seed Aqeel Rehman of Austria 11-7, 11-5, 9-11, 11-4 to reach the 15th PSA Tour final of his career - and his second this year.

Grayson despatched fellow Kiwi Kashif Shuja 11-6, 11-4, 11-2 to make the seventh Tour final of his career - but his first for more than a year.

The clash will mark the pair's fifth Tour meeting since 2005 - with the head-to-heads poised at two wins apiece.

Upsets Abound Down Under

Aqeel Rehman and Kashif Shuja produced impressive upsets in today's quarter-finals of the Victorian Open to claim unexpected semi-final berths in the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

Rehman, the No7 seed from Austria, faced fourth seed Muhd Asyraf Azan, the Malaysian who won their last meeting, also in Australia, at the Australian Open in 2011.

The 26-year-old world No 105 from Salzburg was in devastating form - needing just three games to despatching his opponent, ranked 40 places higher, 11-4, 11-6, 11-6.

Rehman will now meet another Malaysian, the event favourite Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan. In the quickest match of the day, the top seed defeated Argentina's Gonzalo Miranda 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 in just 25 minutes.

Shuja ensured that there will be a New Zealand finalist. The sixth seed twice came from behind to overcome third-seeded Australian Matthew Karwalski 8-11, 11-6, 4-11, 11-7, 11-9 in 76 minutes.

The 32-year-old from Palmerston North will now face fellow countryman Campbell Grayson.

But the second seed from Auckland was also taken the full distance before finally seeing off local favourite Rex Hedrick 7-11, 11-7, 11-4, 8-11, 11-6 in 113 minutes.

Hedrick Downs Coach White In Melbourne

Australian Rex Hedrick paid the ultimate compliment to his coach Cameron White by beating him in today's second round of the Victorian Open to claim a place in the quarter-finals of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

White, a 35-year-old former world No48 who coasted through the qualifying event, showed he still has what it takes when he defeated Australian-based Japanese player Ben Takamizawa Harris in the first round.

And the former PSA Tour regular battled for 54 minutes against his pupil before 23-year-old Hedrick, the fifth seed, finally emerged the victor with an 11-8, 11-3, 11-7 scoreline.

Melbourne-based Hedrick, the world No71, now takes on No2 seed Campbell Grayson after the New Zealander dismissed Frenchman Florent Pontiere 11-4, 11-7, 11-3.

There is home interest in the other quarter-final in the lower half of the draw where Matthew Karwalski takes on sixth-seeded Kiwi Kashif Shuja. Karwalski, the No3 seed from New South Wales, beat fellow countryman Nathan Stevenson 12-10, 11-5, 11-5.

Meanwhile, Malaysia's top seed Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan recovered from almost bowing out in the first round by beating young New Zealander Evan Williams 13-11, 11-3, 11-7 to set up a quarter-final against Argentina's Gonzalo Miranda.

 

Adnan Tested In Victorian Opener

Top seed Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan moved into the second round of the Victorian Open in Australia - but the world No33 from Malaysia was taken the full distance by Korean qualifier JaeJin Yoo in today's opening round of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre in Melbourne.

Twice the 26-year-old from Terengganu led, but twice underdog Yoo - ranked more than 300 places lower - pulled back to draw level.

But the 18-year-old Korean was only able to muster a further two points in the decider as experienced Malaysian Adnan closed out the match 11-8, 10-12, 11-3, 14-16, 11-2 after 75 minutes.

Adnan will now face rising New Zealander Evan Williams. The 22-year-old from Wellington also survived a five-game marathon - overcoming Canadian qualifier Andrew McDougall 11-8, 11-9, 10-12, 9-11, 11-5 in 82 minutes, the longest match of the day.

Local star Cameron White wound back the years to claim an unlikely place in the last sixteen. The 35-year-old qualifier - a former world No48 who retired from the PSA Tour at the end of 2007 - despatched fellow countryman Ben Takamizawa Harris 11-7, 11-3, 11-3 in just 26 minutes.

White is joined by two further qualifiers in the second round: Scotsman Greg Lobban denied Victoria-born Jamie McErvale further action at the Melbourne centre after beating the higher-ranked 21-year-old 11-5, 11-6, 11-8.

And in an all-English clash, qualifier Chris Tasker-Grindley defeated Alex Phillips 11-7, 11-5, 11-3 and will now take on seventh-seeded Austrian Aqeel Rehman for a place in the quarter-finals.