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23/07/2013
TASMANIAN OPEN (Men) 2013
 

Third Time Lucky For Finitsis In Tasmania

RESULTS: PSA Challenger 5 Tasmanian Open, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Third Time Lucky For Finitsis In Tasmania

Australia's Steven Finitsis made it third time lucky when he claimed the Tasmanian Open title with a straight games win over India's Mahesh Mangaonkar in the final of the PSA World Tour Challenger 5 squash event at Eastside Squash Centre in Hobart in Tasmania.

Finitsis had been runner-up at his last two tournaments in Hong Kong and Melbourne - but was in superb touch in Hobart, not dropping a game on the way to his 11th title on the PSA World Tour.

The 30-year-old third seed dominated the young Indian in the final, winning 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 to continue his impressive form over the last three weeks.

"I'm very pleased with the last three tournaments I've played in - being runner-up in Hong Kong and Melbourne and going one step further and winning the Tasmanian Open," said the Amsterdam-based Queenslander.

"Some things have just clicked and a big thanks has to go to my coach Willem (Van Kleeff) and physical trainer Frank (Ruijne) in the Netherlands and my training partners in The Hague.

"Of course also thanks to Squash Australia and my sponsors AIS, Australian Sports Commission, Burdock Group, Double AR, Wilson and Sportsplaza International for their continued support in my professional career."

1st round:
[1] Mike Corren (AUS) bt Daniel Wright (AUS) 11-8, 11-1, 11-5 (19m)
[Q] Mark Andrew Burke (BEL) bt Aidan Parkes (AUS) 11-5, 11-6, 11-3 (18m)
James Skiffington (NZL) bt Matthew Bridle (AUS) 11-2, 11-3, 12-14, 11-7 (31m)
[7] Sunil Seth (GUY) bt Kwon Hyeon-Jun (KOR) 11-7, 4-11, 6-11, 11-3, 11-7 (52m)
[6] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt [Q] Paul Tuffin (NZL) 12-10, 11-4, 11-4 (23m)
Darcy Evans (AUS) bt Thomas Calvert (AUS) 11-8, 11-6, 11-9 (31m)
Chris van der Salm (NZL) bt [Q] Brendan Ward (AUS) 11-5, 11-3, 11-5 (14m)
[4] Evan Williams (NZL) bt [Q] Mark de Vries (AUS) 11-5, 11-1, 11-1 (15m)
[3] Steven Finitsis (AUS) bt David Crossley (AUS) 11-3, 11-3, 11-3 (21m)
Jaakko Vahamaa (FIN) bt [Q] Rod Harker (AUS) 11-8, 11-3, 11-4 (23m)
Ben Grindrod (NZL) bt [Q] Tom Strugnell (AUS) 11-3, 11-3, 11-5 (16m)
Lance James Beddoes (NZL) bt [8] Jan van den Herrewegen (BEL) 11-9, 11-5, 7-11, 15-13 (61m)
[5] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [Q] Matthew Creely (AUS) 11-7, 11-7, 11-4 (17m)
Chris Lloyd (NZL) bt Adrian Leanza (USA) 8-11, 11-8, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6 (60m)
Rhys Dowling (AUS) bt [Q] Brodie Stokes (AUS) 11-6, 11-2, 11-5 (21m)
[2] Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt Jong Myoung Park (KOR) 4-11, 11-3, 11-3, 12-10 (34m)

2nd round:
[1] Mike Corren (AUS) bt [Q] Mark Andrew Burke (BEL) 11-7, 11-7, 10-12, 11-6 (50m)
[7] Sunil Seth (GUY) bt James Skiffington (NZL) 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 (25m)
[6] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt Darcy Evans (AUS) 11-3, 11-6, 11-5 (30m)
[4] Evan Williams (NZL) bt Chris van der Salm (NZL) 11-4, 11-5, 11-6 (25m)
[3] Steven Finitsis (AUS) bt Jaakko Vahamaa (FIN) 11-6, 11-4, 11-1 (26m)
Lance James Beddoes (NZL) bt Ben Grindrod (NZL) 12-14, 11-9, 11-9, 11-5 (39m)
[5] Paul Coll (NZL) bt Chris Lloyd (NZL) 11-1, 11-7, 11-4 (20m)
[2] Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt Rhys Dowling (AUS) 11-5, 3-11, 11-3, 8-11, 11-3 (54m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Mike Corren (AUS) bt [7] Sunil Seth (GUY) 11-5, 5-11, 11-4, 11-5 (39m)
[6] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt [4] Evan Williams (NZL) 7-11, 11-7, 13-11, 11-5 (64m)
[3] Steven Finitsis (AUS) bt Lance James Beddoes (NZL) 11-3, 11-4, 11-8 (31m)
[5] Paul Coll (NZL) bt [2] Ivan Yuen (MAS) 11-1, 11-5, 11-9 (44m)

Semi-finals:
[6] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) bt [1] Mike Corren (AUS) 11-4, 6-11, 11-3, 11-6 (43m)
[3] Steven Finitsis (AUS) bt [5] Paul Coll (NZL) 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 (42m)

Final:
[3] Steven Finitsis (AUS) bt [6] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) 11-5, 11-6, 11-7 (36m)