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Jenson & Brown Take South Australian Open Titles

Mortgage Choice South Australian Squash Open,
Somerton, Australia

Men's Final:
[1] Dan Jenson (AUS) bt [7] Mike Corren (AUS) 11-3, 11-4, 11-3 (24m)

Men's semi-finals:
[1] Dan Jenson (AUS) bt [8] Kashif Shuja (NZL) 11-10 (2-0), 11-2, 6-11, 2-11, 11-4 (56m)
[7] Mike Corren (AUS) bt Steve Finitsis (AUS) 11-9, 11-4, 11-10 (2-0) (35m)

Men's quarter-finals:
[1] Dan Jenson (AUS) bt [6] Jason Mudge (AUS) 11-9, 11-1, 11-5 (45m)
[8] Kashif Shuja (NZL) bt [3] Cameron White (AUS) 11-8, 11-8, 11-6 (47m)
Steve Finitsis (AUS) bt [4] Simon Carruthers (AUS) 9-11, 11-9, 11-10 (2-0), 8-11, 11-10 (2-0) (90m)
[7] Mike Corren (AUS) bt [Q] Sam Atkins (NZL) 11-4, 11-9, 11-4 (21m)

Men's 1st round:
[1] Dan Jenson (AUS) bt Luke Margan (AUS) 11-7, 11-5, 11-10 (3-1) (47m)
[6] Jason Mudge (AUS) bt Martin Knight (NZL) 11-6, 11-3, 11-0 (30m)
[3] Cameron White (AUS) bt [Q] Kirby Sinclair (AUS) 11-5, 4-1 ret.
[8] Kashif Shuja (NZL) bt [Q] Scott Arnold (AUS) 11-10 (2-0), 11-6, 11-8 (38m)
Steve Finitsis (AUS) bt [5] Aaron Frankcomb (AUS) 11-7, 6-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-5 (75m)
[4] Simon Carruthers (AUS) bt [Q] Yasunori Ishiwata (JPN) 11-2, 11-3, 11-6 (24m)
[7] Mike Corren (AUS) bt Brent Dunkley (AUS) 11-9, 11-4, 11-3 (22m)
[Q] Sam Atkins (NZL) bt [2] Timothy Manning (AUS) 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 11-10 (3-1) (52m)

Women's Final:
[3] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt [4] Dianne Desira (AUS) 6-9, 9-2, 9-7, 9-5 (45m)

Women's semi-finals:
[4] Dianne Desira (AUS) bt Donna Urquhart (AUS) 9-3, 4-9, 9-4, 8-10, 9-7 (60m)
[3] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt [2] Melissa Martin (AUS) 9-6, 9-5, 6-9, 9-2 (65m)

Women's quarter-finals:
Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt Rachel Smith (AUS) 9-7, 9-4, 4-9, 9-5 (55m)
[4] Dianne Desira (AUS) bt [7] Lim Yoke Wah (MAS) 9-6, 10-8, 9-4 (27m)
[3] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt [8] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) 9-6, 9-2, 9-1 (35m)
[2] Melissa Martin (AUS) bt [5] Christina Mak (HKG) 9-3, 9-7, 9-4 (35m)

Women's 1st round:
Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt [1] Amelia Pittock (AUS) 0-9, 5-9, 9-6, 9-5, 9-1 (48m)
Rachel Smith (AUS) bt [6] Delia Arnold (MAS) 9-6, 9-5, 9-1 (38m)
[4] Dianne Desira (AUS) bt Sally Looi (MAS) 9-5, 9-5, 9-2 (26m)
[7] Lim Yoke Wah (MAS) bt Mami Nishio (JPN) 4-9, 5-9, 9-4, 9-3, 9-6 (56m)
[8] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bt [Q] Peta Hughes (AUS) 9-3, 9-4, 9-7 (40m)
[3] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt Siti Munirah Jusoh (MAS) 9-3, 9-1, 9-0 (20m)
[5] Christina Mak (HKG) bt Sachiko Shinta (JPN) 9-2, 9-3, 5-9, 9-1 (38m)
[2] Melissa Martin (AUS) bt [Q] Joelle King (NZL) 9-7, 9-6, 9-4 (25m)

Jenson & Brown Take South Australian Open Titles

Australians Dan Jenson and Kasey Brown continued their excellent run of form on home soil by taking the Mortgage Choice South Australian Squash Open titles today (Saturday) in Somerton, Australia.

Favourite Jenson, who turned 31 earlier this week, beat seventh seed and fellow South Australian Mike Corren 11-3, 11-4, 11-3 in the men's final to celebrate his second PSA Tour title a row. Earlier in the month he picked up the Naracoorte Open crown. The SA Open now marks his 12th PSA Tour title.

Jenson was worried he would be fatigued for the final following Friday's five game semi-final win over New Zealand's Kashif Shuja, but he said that problem never eventuated.

"Yesterday I did struggle once it went past the third game, but not today," he said. I physically felt great and I was moving really well."

Twenty-year-old Kasey Brown, the No3 seed, made it three WISPA World Tour wins in a row when she beat fourth seed Dianne Desira 6-9, 9-2, 9-7, 9-5 in the women's final.

Originally from Taree in New South Wales, Brown added the SA title to tournament wins at the Naracoorte Open this month and the WA Open in Perth in May.

"She played really well" she changed her game plan," said Brown of her fellow countrywoman. "I was able to adapt to it and although I lost a long first game, I toughed it out and got through."

The win will boost Brown's confidence on the eve of the Australian Open in Adelaide, where she will meet fellow Australian Institute of Sport athlete Rachel Smith in the first round of the WISPA event.

Finitsis Maintains Giant-Killing Run In South Australian Open
Australian Steve Finitsis battled for 90 minutes to pull off his second upset in two days when he beat fourth seed Simon Carruthers 9-11, 11-9, 11-10 (2-0), 8-11, 11-10 (2-0) in today's (Thursday) quarter-finals of the Mortgage Choice South Australian Squash Open in Somerton, Australia.

The unseeded 23-year-old from Innisfail's surprise semi-final appearance will guarantee domestic interest in the final. Finitsis will meet compatriot Mike Corren, the No7 seed who ended the run of New Zealand qualifier Sam Atkins in an 11-4, 11-9, 11-4 defeat in 21 minutes.

There was New Zealand success in the top half of the men's draw when eighth seed Kashif Shuja upset Australian Cameron White, the third seed, 11-8, 11-8, 11-6. Shuja will meet top-seeded Australian Dan Jenson for a place in the final.

The women's semi-final line-up is an all-Australian affair: Unseeded Donna Urquhart, who stunned the top seed in the first round, maintained her winning ways in the quarter-finals with a 9-7, 9-4, 4-9, 9-5 victory over fellow Aussie Rachel Smith in 55 minutes. The 19-year-old from Queensland now meets fourth seed Dianne Desira.

The other semi-final will give Adelaide's second seed Melissa Martin the chance to avenge her shock defeat by 19-year-old Kasey Brown in the Naracoorte Open earlier in the month. Martin beat Hong Kong's fifth seed Christina Mak 9-3, 9-7, 9-4, while third seed Brown brushed aside eighth-seeded compatriot Lisa Camilleri 9-6, 9-2, 9-1.

Seeds Scattered In South Australian Open
The No2 seed in the men's event and favourite in the women's event both failed to survive today's (Wednesday) first round of the Mortgage Choice South Australian Squash Open in Somerton, Australia.

Top seed Amelia Pittock comfortably took the first two games against unseeded fellow Australian Donna Urquhart. But the 19-year-old underdog from Queensland, who had already lost twice to Pittock this year, took the upper hand in the match to pull off a shock 0-9, 5-9, 9-6, 9-5, 9-1 victory in 48 minutes.

Urquhart also faces a surprise opponent in the next round after unseeded Rachel Smith, also an Australian, upset Malaysia's sixth seed Delia Arnold 9-6, 9-5, 9-1.

Local hopes of the predicted all-Australian men's final were dashed by New Zealand qualifier Sam Atkins when he despatched second seed Timothy Manning, from Canberra, 11-8, 11-9, 6-11, 11-10 (3-1) in 52 minutes.

Atkins, 24, from Wellington, now faces another Australian Mike Corren for a place in the semi-finals. Corren, winner of three PSA Tour titles this year, beat compatriot Brent Dunkley 11-9, 11-4, 11-3.

There was another Australian upset when unseeded Steve Finitsis beat fifth-seeded Queenslander Aaron Frankcomb 11-7, 6-11, 11-6, 7-11, 11-5 in 75 minutes.