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28/06/2006
WOMEN'S AUSTRALIAN OPEN
 

Kasey Collects Fourth Consecutive Crown In Adelaide

Tournament
Women's Australian Open Squash Championship,
Adelaide, Australia

Final:
[3] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt [4] Dianne Desira (AUS) 9-2, 9-1, 9-3 (53m)

Semi-finals:
[3] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt [1] Amelia Pittock (AUS) 9-2, 9-1, 9-2 (32m)
[4] Dianne Desira (AUS) bt [6] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) 9-2, 10-8, 9-4 (40m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Amelia Pittock (AUS) bt [8] Donna Urquhart (AUS) 9-4, 9-4, 9-3 (30m)
[3] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt [7] Sachiko Shinta (JPN) 9-0, 9-2, 9-1 (28m)
[4] Dianne Desira (AUS) bt [5] Christina Mak (HKG) 5-9, 1-9, 9-5, 9-2, 9-5 (95m)
[6] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bt [2] Melissa Martin (AUS) 9-6, 9-6, 4-9, 9-3 (42m)

1st round:
[1] Amelia Pittock (AUS) bt Kerry Wickett (NZL) 9-0, 9-0, 9-1 (18m)
[8] Donna Urquhart (AUS) bt Lyndal Morrison (AUS) 9-0, 9-1, 9-2 (20m)
[3] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt Rachel Smith (AUS) 9-3, 9-0, 9-0 (28m)
[7] Sachiko Shinta (JPN) bt Jackie Laurenson (NZL) 9-3, 9-5, 6-9, 9-7 (45m)
[5] Christina Mak (HKG) bt Skye Millar (AUS) w/o
[4] Dianne Desira (AUS) bt Peta Hughes (AUS) 7-9, 0-9, 9-3, 9-4, 9-0 (42m)
[6] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bt Joelle King (NZL) 9-6, 9-2, 9-1 (24m)
[2] Melissa Martin (AUS) bt Kirsty Groves (AUS) 10-9, 9-0, 9-3 (29m)

Kasey Collects Fourth Consecutive Crown In Adelaide
Kasey Brown stamped her name on one of Australian squash’s most prestigious trophies when she beat Dianne Desira 9-2 9-1 9-3 in the final of the Australian Open in Adelaide.

Brown joined some of Australian squash’s greatest names in winning the country's principal open title, including Sarah Fitz-Gerald, Michelle Martin, Rhonda Thorne and Vicki Cardwell.

In the process the 20-year-old from Taree in New South Wales notched up her fourth WISPA World Tour event win in succession and her second final win over Desira in as many weeks following her victory in last week’s South Australian Open.

Brown flies out of Australia on Friday bound for the Indian city of Hyderabad, where she will try and qualify for the rich Qatar Airways Classic, featuring most of the world’s top players.

But in her current form she stands a good chance of making it into the main draw and probably progressing even further.

Despite a one-sided scoreline, the final was a tight affair that lasted for close to an hour.

After 22 minutes, the first game was still locked at 2-2, but as the match wore on, Brown’s superior concentration began to take effect.

“The scoreline didn’t reflect the game at all – it was a lot tougher than that,” Brown said.

Brown, who trains at the Australian Institute of Sport in Brisbane, said she had taken another step in her career during the recent Australian season.

“My career was always going to be slow but steady,” she said. “But it’s all coming together now. All the hard work and dedication is paying off and I am getting a lot of confidence.”

Brown Run Gathers Momentum in Adelaide
Australian Kasey Brown’s remarkable run of success continued today (Wednesday) when she beat top seed Amelia Pittock in the semi-final of the women's Australian Open Squash Championship in Adelaide.

The 20-year-old from Taree in New South Wales overcame Pittock in straight games 9-2, 9-1, 9-2 in 36 minutes - and is now unbeaten in the last four WISPA World Tour events she has played.

Brown will take on fellow Australian Dianne Desira in the final following the 24-year-old Victorian's 9-2, 10-8, 9-4 win over Queensland’s Lisa Camilleri.

The final will be both players' eighth WISPA Tour final appearance. It will also be a rematch of last week’s South Australian Open final, which Brown won in four games.

Brown felt that the semi-final was closer than the scoreline indicated: “It’s always going to be a tough match when you play Amelia,” Brown said. “But I played well defensively and held her off when she was attacking me.”

Brown's triumph in the South Australian Open followed her successes in the WA Open in Perth and the Naracoorte Open in South Australia.

“I’ve done a lot of hard work training with the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport, in Brisbane) and it’s paying off well for me now,” she said. “I’m on a bit of a run which has got my confidence right up, so I don’t really care who I play – I think I can win the title.”

Camilleri Causes Adelaide Upset
Australia's Lisa Camilleri claimed a notable scalp in today's (Tuesday) quarter-finals of the women’s Australian Open Squash Championship when she upset second-seeded compatriot Melissa Martin in Adelaide.

It was the third successive early WISPA World Tour event exit for Martin, made worse for the world No30 who is playing a Tour event in her hometown for the first time for some years. Camilleri, the sixth seed from Queensland, won 9-6, 9-6, 4-9, 9-3 in 42 minutes in her first ever WISPA clash with her fellow Australian.

The 23-year-old will play fourth seed Dianne Desira in one of the two all-Australian semi-finals. Desira staged a mighty fight back to defeat Hong Kong's fifth seed Christina Mak 5-9, 1-9, 9-5, 9-2, 9-5 in a 95-minute marathon.

The other match will be a repeat of last season's Australian Open semi-final between Amelia Pittock and Kasey Brown which took place in January this year. Pittock, the top seed, avenged last week's South Australian Open first round upset by beating fellow Australian Donna Urquhart, the No8 seed, 9-4, 9-4, 9-3, while Brown dashed Sachiko Shinta's hopes of a place in the last four by crushing the No7 seed from Japan 9-0, 9-2, 9-1 in just 28 minutes.

Pittock Leads Seeds Charge In Adelaide
Top seed Amelia Pittock led a rampage by the seeded players in the first round of the women’s Australian Open Squash Championship in Adelaide today (Monday) when she brushed aside New Zealand's Kerry Wickett 9-0, 9-0, 9-1.

Pittock, still smarting from her first round exit from last week’s South Australian Open, showed no mercy to her Kiwi challenger as she cruised through in just 18 minutes.

The home favourite now faces her SA Open conqueror, Donna Urquhart, who was equally impressive in her 9-0, 9-1, 9-2 defeat of South Australia’s Lyndal Morrison.

In the bottom half of the draw, second seed Melissa Martin had a tough first game against fellow South Australian Kirsty Groves before running away with the match 10-9, 9-0, 9-3.

Third seed Kasey Brown, who has won the last three WISPA World Tour events she has competed in - including last week's SA Open - also moved through with a 9-3, 9-0, 9-0 win over Rachel Smith.