VICTORIAN OPEN 2012
Bloodied Grayson Wins Victorian Open
02-08 Jul, Melbourne, Australia, $10k
05 Jul 11.00-13.15
 Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
13/11, 11/3, 11/7 (46m)
Evan Williams (Nzl)
11-7, 11-5, 11-8
11-7, 11-5, 9-11,
11-9, 4-11, 8-11,
11-8, 11-8 (110m)
 Gonzalo Miranda (Arg)
11/9, 21/19, 11/9 (55m)
Patrick Meischer (Sui)
 Aqeel Rehman (Aut)
11/7, 6/11, 11/4, 12/10 (60m)
[Q] Chris Tasker-Grindley (Eng)
11-4, 11-6, 11-6
Muhd Asyraf Azan
 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)
 Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
8-11, 11-6, 4-11,
11-7, 11-9 (76m)
11-6, 11-4, 11-2
Paul Coll (Nzl)
3/11, 11/8, 5/11, 11/8, 11/6 (68m)
 Kashif Shuja (Nzl)
[Q] Cameron White (Aus)
11/8, 11/3, 11/7 (54m)
 Rex Hedrick (Aus)
7-11, 11-7, 11-4,
8-11, 11-6 (113m)
Florent Pontiere (Fra)
11/4, 11/7, 11/3 (37m)
 Campbell Grayson (Nzl)
 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)
 Gonzalo Miranda (ARG) bt Tsukue Shinnosuke (JPN) 11-9,
11-4, 7-11, 11-8 (65m)
 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,
 Muhd Asyraf Azan (MAS) bt Justin Beard (AUS) 5-11,
11-8, 11-7, 14-12 (58m)
 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,
 Kashif Shuja (NZL) bt Chris Lloyd (NZL) 11-4, 11-7,
 Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt Luke Sims (AUS) 11-4, 11-5, 11-3
[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,
 Campbell Grayson (NZL) bt Hon Fung Wong (HKG) 11-1,
11-4, 11-6 (30m)
Challenger 10 Victorian Open, Melbourne, Australia
Bloodied Grayson Wins Victorian Open
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
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.
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.
(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."
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.
Seeds Make Victorian Final
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.
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
clash will mark the pair's fifth Tour meeting since 2005 - with the
head-to-heads poised at two wins apiece.
Abound Down Under
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
32-year-old from Palmerston North will now face fellow countryman
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.
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
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.
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,
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.