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28/05/2013
CITY OF PERTH CHALLENGE (Women) 2013
 

Craig Claims Fourth Aussie Title

Craig Claims Fourth Aussie Title

Megan Craig clinched the fourth WSA World Tour title of her career after winning the Tour 5 City Of Perth International Challenge 2013.

The No.3 seed dismissed Jasmin Burnard in the opening round, before overcoming Frenchwoman Julia Lecoq in round two.  The New Zealander continued her run, defeating unseeded Sue Hillier before battling to an impressive five-game victory over top seed Amanda Landers-Murphy in the semi-final.

In the final, the world No.52 faced Englishwoman Carrie Ramsey, who reached the final of the NT Open two weeks ago.  Ramsey, seeded sixth for the event, reached her second WSA final of the month after beating Sonia Pinter and Ar Huyn Kim in the opening rounds, before scalping higher seed Milou Van Der Heijden, last week’s Alice Springs Open runner-up.  A straight-games win over Christine Nunn in the semi-final put Ramsey into the second WSA final of her career.

20-year-old Craig, with five WSA finals already under her belt, utilised her experience against the lower ranked player, and took a strong lead in the opening game.  Ramsey, ranked 14 places below the Kiwi, was unable to cope with the pressure asserted by Craig, and the New Zealand player clinched her fourth title in a dominant fashion.

Final:
[3] Megan Craig (NZL) bt [6] Carrie Ramsey (ENG)         11-5, 11-2, 11-3 (26m)
 
Semi-finals:
[3] Megan Craig (NZL) bt [1] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL)  11-6, 11-3, 5-11, 14-16, 11-5 (55m)
[6] Carrie Ramsey (ENG) bt [7] Christine Nunn (AUS)    11-5, 11-6, 11-5 (34m)
 
Quarter-finals:
[1] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt [8] Tamika Saxby (AUS)           11-5, 11-5, 11-9
[3] Megan Craig (NZL) bt Sue Hillier (AUS)           11-3, 11-5, 11-5
[6] Carrie Ramsey (ENG) bt [4] Milou van der Heijden (NED)   11-7, 11-4, 4-11, 11-9
[7] Christine Nunn (AUS) bt Kim Ga-Hye (KOR)  11-9, 6-11, 13-11, 8-11, 11-8
 
2nd round:
[1] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt [13] Natalie Newton (AUS)       11-3, 11-7, 11-4
[8] Tamika Saxby (AUS) bt Alexandra Fuller (RSA)         11-5, 11-0, 11-8
[3] Megan Craig (NZL) bt [10] Julia Lecoq (FRA)  11-4, 10-12, 11-1, 11-7
Sue Hillier (AUS) bt [5] Cheyna Tucker (RSA)      9-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-7
[6] Carrie Ramsey (ENG) bt Ar Huyn Kim (KOR) 11-6, 11-4, 9-11, 11-7
[4] Milou van der Heijden (NED) bt [12] Grace McErvale (AUS)            11-0, 11-3, 11-6
[7] Christine Nunn (AUS) bt [11] Selena Shaikh (AUS)   11-8, 11-5, 11-5
Kim Ga-Hye (KOR) bt [14] Jennifer Brown (AUS)            11-6, 11-3, 11-3
 
1st round:
[1] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt Cindy Meintjes (AUS)    11-5, 11-4, 11-9
[13] Natalie Newton (AUS) bt Eloise O'Connor (AUS)      11-6, 11-6, 7-11, 11-9
[8] Tamika Saxby (AUS) bt Lakshmi Shruti Settipalli (IND)        11-1, 11-4, 11-4
Alexandra Fuller (RSA) bt [15] Lakeesha Rarere (AUS)  11-6, 11-7, 11-5
[3] Megan Craig (NZL) bt Jasmin Burnard (AUS) 11-1, 11-3, 11-0
[10] Julia Lecoq (FRA) bt Heather Pilley (AUS)     11-6, 11-4, 11-3
[5] Cheyna Tucker (RSA) bt Luka Stroop (AUS)   11-1, 11-4, 11-8
Sue Hillier (AUS) bt [16] Carin Clonda (EST)        11-4, 11-2, 11-6
Ar Huyn Kim (KOR) bt [9] Taylor Flavell (AUS)    6-11, 13-11, 11-5, 11-8
[6] Carrie Ramsey (ENG) bt Sonia Pinter (RSA)    11-3, 11-6, 11-7
[12] Grace McErvale (AUS) bt Belen Etchechoury (ARG)            12-10, 9-11, 11-3, 11-6
[4] Milou van der Heijden (NED) bt Linda Towill (AUS)  11-3, 11-6, 11-3
[11] Selena Shaikh (AUS) bt Melissa Bonello (AUS)         11-2, 11-8, 11-7
[7] Christine Nunn (AUS) bt Lynette Jackson (AUS)        6-11, 11-2, 11-2, 11-5
[14] Jennifer Brown (AUS) bt Samantha Jack (AUS)        11-7, 12-10, 11-5
Kim Ga-Hye (KOR) bt [2] Coline Aumard (FRA)   12-14, 9-11, 11-9, 11-1, 6-0 ret.