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15/06/2014
NEW ZEALAND OPEN 2014
 

Knight Conquers Karwalski For NZ Classic Crown

  New Zealand Classic 2014
11-15 Jun, Palmerston North, $10k
Round One
12 Jun 
Quarters
13 Jun
Semis
14 Jun
Final
15 Jun
[1] Martin Knight (Nzl)
11-6, 11-2, 11-1 (33m)
Manoel Pereira (Bra)
Martin Knight
11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 11-3
Lance Beddoes
Martin Knight
11-6, 11-9, 11-9 (57m)
Paul Coll
Martin Knight
11-3, 11-5,
11-4 (40m)
Matthew Karwalski
[7] Lance Beddoes (Nzl)
11-7, 11-5, 11-4 (26m)
[Q] Tristan Eysele (Rsa)
[8] Jean-Pierre Brits (Rsa)
6-11, 11-9, 12-10, 13-11 (47m)
Arthur Moineau (Fra)
Arthur Moineau
12-10, 11-8, 11-7
Paul Coll
[4] Paul Coll (Nzl)
11-5, 11-2, 11-3 (26m)
[Q] Hannan Tarmidi (Mas)
Jaako Vahamaa (Fin)
7-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-3, 11-9 (42m)
[3] Jan Koukal (Cze)
Jan Koukal
4-11, 7-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-4
Kashif Shuja
Jan Koukal
5-11, 11-1, 8-11,
11-6, 11-3 (36m)
Matthew Karwalski
[Q] Kashif Shuja (Nzl)
6-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-7 (63m)
[6] Adam Murrills (Eng)
[Q] Ben Grindrod (Nzl)
11-6, 14-16, 8-11, 11-5, 11-6 (60m)
[5] Matias Tuomi (Fin)
Matias Tuomi
11-5, 12-10, 11-5
Matthew Karwalski
[wc] Chris van der Salm (Nzl)
11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (25m)
[2] Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
RESULTS: PSA Challenger 10 Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers
New Zealand International Squash Classic
,
Palmerston North, New Zealand

Knight Conquers Karwalski For NZ Classic Crown

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Home hero
Martin Knight proved too strong for Australian opponent Matthew Karwalski in today's final of the Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers New Zealand International Squash Classic, winning in straight games to claim the PSA World Tour Challenger 10 title at SquashGym in Palmerston North after finishing as runner-up last year.
 
The top-seeded Kiwi was dominant throughout, racing away to a 7-1 lead over second seed Karwalski in the first game before taking it for the loss of just three points.
 
"The second game followed much the same pattern as the first," reported event spokesman
Mike Williams.  "Knight raced away to a 4–0 lead with Karwalski making more errors, particularly on the backhand side due to Knight’s pressure.  At 5-1, the pair played a huge rally which resulted in Knight hitting a superb forehand winner which seemed to break Karwalski’s spirit.
 
"Knight then powered on to an 8–1 lead in the game.  A mini fight back from Karwalski was too little too late as Knight took the game 11–5 in 13 minutes."
 
Knight went on to close out the match 11-3, 11-5, 11-4 in 40 minutes to notch up the sixth PSA Tour title of his career – and his second on home soil.
 
“I didn’t think the score line would read that easy and the match was tougher than it looked," said the 30-year-old from North Shore (flanked in the picture below by Fitzherbert Rowe sponsor Barry Roche (left) and Tournament promoter Grant Smith).  "I was really happy with how I played and I made very few mistakes.
 
"I was able to build good pressure which ultimately led to Matt making some errors,” added the New Zealand No.2, ranked 49 in the world.  “We had contrasting routes to the final and winning my match in three yesterday against Paul (Coll) was key to keeping enough energy in the tank for today.”