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Grayson Retains Victorian Open Crown

Victorian Open 201
 Melbourne, Australia $10k
Round One
10 Jul
Round Two
11 Jul
12 Jul
13 Jul
14 Jul
[1] Campbell Grayson (NZL)
9-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-3 (36m)
Nathan Stevenson (AUS)
Campbell Grayson
11/4, 11/7, 11/5 (25m)
Justin Beard
Campbell Grayson
11-8, 11-4, 12-10 (46m)
Mahesh Mangaonkar
Campbell Grayson
11-4, 11-5, 11-5 (36m)
Matthew Karwalski
Campbell Grayson
11-7, 11-6, 11-9
Steven Finitsis
Justin Beard (AUS)
11-3, 11-3, 11-4 (37m)
[WC] Sam Ejtemai (AUS)
[6] Mike Corren (AUS)
11-9, 11-9, 12-10 (40m)
[Q] Cameron White (AUS)
Mike Corren
5/11, 11/8, 11/9, 12/10 (72m)
Mahesh Mangaonkar
Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND)
11-6, 11-1, 11-3 (15m)
[LL] Thomas Calvert (AUS)
[5] Rex Hedrick (AUS)
4-11, 11-2, 11-7, 11-2 (59m)
[Q] Jong Myoung Park (KOR)
Rex Hedrick
11/5, 11/3, 11/2 (22m)
 Jaakko Vahamaa
Rex Hedrick
9-11, 11-7, 14-12, 4-11, 11-8 (91m)
Matthew Karwalski
[Q] Jaakko Vahamaa (FIN) 11-7, 10-12, 12-10, 11-8 (40m)
Tim Cowell (AUS)
[4] Matthew Karwalski (AUS) 11-5, 11-8, 3-11, 11-4 (50m)
Lance James Beddoes (NZL)
Matthew Karwalski
11/9, 12/10, 11/6 (38m)
Paul Coll
Paul Coll (NZL)
11-6, 11-8, 11-4 (24m)
Andrew Fraser (AUS)
Evan Williams (NZL)
9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-8 (45m)
 [Q] Adrian Leanza (USA)
Evan Williams
11/9, 11/7, 11/1 (23m)
  Zac Alexander
Zac Alexander
11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 4-11, 11-6 (65m)
Ivan Yuen
Ivan Yuen
11-4, 11-7, 9-11, 14-16, 11-8 (96m)
Steven Finitsis
[3] Zac Alexander (AUS)
11-5, 11-8, 11-4 (33m)
[Q] Mithran Selvaratnam (MAS)
Joshua Larkin (AUS)
11-4, 11-3, 11-7 (31m)
[Q] Ben Grindrod (NZL)
Joshua Larkin
13/11, 10/12, 11/9, 11/6 (46m)
Ivan Yuen
[7] Ivan Yuen (MAS)
11-6, 8-11, 11-8, 11-4 (43m)
Sunil Seth (GUY)
[Q] Chris Lloyd (NZL)
15-13, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5 (41m)
Hon Fung Wong (HKG)
Chris Lloyd
11/2, 11/8, 11/5 (26m)
Steven Finitsis
 Steven Finitsis
11-8, 7-11, 11-6, 11-3 (65m)
Martin Knight
[8] Steven Finitsis (AUS)
11-4, 11-8, 11-2 (39m)
Kashif Shuja (NZL)
Luke Sims (AUS)
11-6, 11-9, 12-10 (40m)
[Q] Steve Salter (AUS)
Luke Sims
11/2, 11/3, 11/3 (25m)
  Martin Knight
[2] Martin Knight (NZL)
11-4, 11-3, 11-6 (30m) Cheuk Yan Tang (HKG)

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 Victorian Open, Melbourne, Australia

Grayson Retains Victorian Open Crown

New Zealand's Campbell Grayson retained his Victorian Open title in style today in Melbourne when he defeated Australian hope Steven Finitsis in straight games in the final of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre.

Grayson was always in control of the match against No8 seed Finitsis, the 30-year-old from Queensland who had two huge matches on the way to the decider and looked sluggish at times against the Kiwi number one.

The top-seeded Kiwi eased away with the first two games then held off a fast finishing Finitsis to clinch the third and win the seventh Tour title of his career 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 - and his second of the year.

"The first two games were even at the beginning but I managed to pull away in the middle, but he's a real fighter and I got a bit nervous when he started coming back at me," said 27-year-old Grayson.

"I managed to sneak that third game in the end."

Finitsis has now lost two finals in two weeks, but he gets a chance to make amends at next week's Tasmanian Open, where he is seeded third behind fellow countryman Mike Corren and Malaysian Ivan Yuen.

Home Final In Prospect In Melbourne

Queenslander Steven Finitsis continued his recent run of good form to upset second-seeded New Zealander Martin Knight in today's quarter-finals of the Victorian Open in Melbourne to set up the prospect of an all-Australian final of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre.

A week after reaching the final of the Buler Challenge Cup in Hong Kong against expectations, the 30-year-old from Innisfail downed Knight 11-8, 7-11, 11-6, 11-3 in just over an hour to claim an unexpected place in the last four.

Finitsis, who is playing his first tournament in Australia in almost three years, will now play Ivan Yuen for a place in Sunday's final after the young Malaysian upset third-seeded Australian Zac Alexander 11-7, 11-9, 8-11, 4-11, 11-6.

Finitsis defeated 22-year-old Yuen at the same stage of last week's Hong Kong tournament.

The second semi-final will be between top seed and defending champion Campbell Grayson of New Zealand and New South Welshman Matthew Karwalski.

Grayson saw off dangerous Indian Mahesh Mangaonkar 11-8, 11-4, 12-10, while fourth seed Karwalski took an hour and a half before edging AIS teammate Rex Hedrick, the No5 seed, 9-11, 11-7, 14-12, 4-11, 11-8.


Mangaonkar Makes Melbourne Quarters

In the only upset in today's second round of the Victorian Open in Melbourne, India's unseeded Mahesh Mangaonkar ousted sixth seed Mike Corren to deny the veteran Australian a fourth successive PSA World Tour title on home soil.

The Mumbai teenager recovered from losing the first game to beat 39-year-old Corren 5-11, 11-8, 11-9, 12-10 in 72 minutes - the longest match of the day - to earn a surprise place in the quarter-finals of the PSA Challenger 10 squash event at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre.

Mangaonkar, ranked outside the world top 100, now faces his toughest test in Campbell Grayson, the top seed and defending champion from New Zealand who took just 28 minutes to see off South Australian Justin Beard 11-4, 11-7, 11-5.

Third seed Zac Alexander continued to lead home hopes by defeating Kiwi Evan Williams 11-9, 11-7, 11-1.

Bidding to bring the title back into Australian hands for the first time since he won it in 2010, 24-year-old Alexander now faces Malaysian Ivan Yuen after the No7 seed beat Australian Joshua Larkin 13-11, 10-12, 11-9, 11-6.

Victorian Open Seeds Safely Through In Melbourne

Defending champion Campbell Grayson led the top eight seeds in the Victorian Open safely through to the second round of the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 squash event today at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre in Melbourne, Australia.

The top-seeded New Zealander - who won a 110-minute classic against Malaysia's Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan to win the title in 2012 - survived a tough opening match against Australian Nathan Stevenson 9-11, 11-3, 11-7, 11-3.

Grayson, the world No41 from Auckland, now takes on South Australia's Justin Beard in the second round.

Domestic interest is being led by Zac Alexander, the Brisbane-born No3 seed.

2010 champion Alexander, the 24-year-old world No51, eased to an 11-5, 11-8, 11-4 win in 33 minutes over Malaysian qualifier Mithran Selvaratnam.

Other winning seeds included second-seeded New Zealander Martin Knight, who beat Hong Kong's Cheuk Yan Tang 11-4, 11-3, 11-6, and 2009 champion Mike Corren, who defeated former PSA Tour player Cameron White - a five times winner of the title between 2001 and 2007 - 11-9, 11-9, 12-10.

But there were upsets in the lower order: Qualifier Jaakko Vahamaa provided unexpected Finnish interest in the last 16 round when he beat higher-ranked Australian Tim Cowell 11-7, 10-12, 12-10, 11-8 in 40 minutes.

And qualifier Chris Lloyd boosted Kiwi interest in the next round after dismissing Hong Kong's Hon Fung Wong 15-13, 9-11, 11-4, 11-5 in 41 minutes.