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30/06/2014
NEW ZEALAND SOUTHERN OPEN 2014
 

Knight Lands Biggest Tour Title In NZ

NZ Southern Open 2014
24-29 Jun, Invercargill, $15k
Round One
26 Jun
Quarters
27 Jun
Semis
28 Jun
Final
29 Jun
[1] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (38m)
[Q] Sanjay Singh (Mas)
Nafiizwan Adnan
 11-6, 6-11, 11-5,
13-11 (52m)
Abdulla Al Tamimi
Nafiizwan Adnan
11-5, 3-11, 11-8,
6-11, 11-8 (94 m)
Rex Hedrick
Rex Hedrick
11-8, 11-7,
11-9 (68m)
Martin Knight
[6] Abdulla Al Tamimi (Qat)
11-4, 11-3, 9-11, 12-10 (39m)
[Q] Adam Murrills (Eng)
[7] Paul Coll (Nzl)
11-4, 11-6, 6-11, 11-5 (35m)
Matias Tuomi (Fin)
Paul Coll
12-10, 11-9, 3-11, 11-9 (67m)
Rex Hedrick
[4] Rex Hedrick (Aus)
 11-4, 6-11, 11-6, 5-11, 13-11 (94m)
[Q] Kashif Shuja (Nzl)
[Q] Ben Grindrod (Nzl)
11-9, 11-8, 11-5 (30m)
[3] Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
Matthew Karwalski
11-3, 13-11, 11-5 (33m)
James Huang
Matthew Karwalski
6-11, 11-7, 11-3,
11-5 (58m)
Martin Knight
James Huang (Tpe)
11-5, 11-8, 11-8
[8] Aqeel Rehman (Aut)
[wc] Lance Beddoes (Nzl)
11-5, 16-18, 11-8 rtd
[5] Jan Koukal (Cze)
Lance Beddoes
 9-11, 11-7, 12-10,
11-4 (64)
Martin Knight
Joe Chapman (Bvi)
11-6, 11-5, 12-10 (39m)
[2] Martin Knight (Nzl)

RESULTS:         PSA Challenger 15 ILT & Community Trust NZ Southern PSA Open, Invercargill, New Zealand

Knight Lands Biggest Tour Title In NZ

#PSAWorldTour
 
New Zealand international
Martin Knight clinched his biggest PSA World Tour title on home soil when he despatched Australian Rex Hedrick in straight games in today's final of the ILT & Community Trust NZ Southern PSA Open, the inaugural PSA Challenger 15 event at Squash City in Invercargill.
 
It was the Kiwi number two's second successive win over an Australian, having recovered from a game down to beat
Matthew Karwalski, the third seed from New South Wales, in a 58-minute semi-final.
 
In the other semi, No4 seed Hedrick survived a 94-minute clash to upset top-seeded Malaysian
Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan and reach his first Tour final of the year but the 16th of his career.
 
Boosted by home advantage, the intensely-focused Knight set about his victory in determined style defeating Hedrick 11-8, 11-7, 11-9 in 68 minutes to score his second homeland Tour win in a row, and the seventh title of his career.
 
Im really happy to win, especially to do it 3/0," said the jubilant No2 seed (pictured with Hedrick, second left) from North Shore afterwards.
 
"It was pretty tough out there, Rex has had a few hard matches leading up to the final and I wanted to put the pressure on early in the first game.  I wanted to keep the pace high and not give him any breathing space but I felt like I was doing more and more work all the time.
 
"I managed to get out to a good lead in every game before Rex came back at me strongly," added the 30-year-old World No.49.  "I wasnt looking forward to having to go back on court for a fourth game.

 
"Im exceptionally happy to win my biggest title in about four and a half years.