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Kemp & Kitchen Capture Auckland Open Crowns

Five Star Finance Auckland Squash Open,
Takapuna, New Zealand

Men's final:
[1] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) bt [3] Mike Corren (AUS) 11-4, 11-9, 11-2 (24m)

Men's semi-finals:
[1] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) bt [7] Jason Mudge (AUS) 11-6, 11-7, 11-7 (22m)
[3] Mike Corren (AUS) bt Steve Finitsis (AUS) 10-11 (1-3), 11-10 (4-2), 11-3, 11-4 (57m)

Men's quarter-finals:
[1] Jonathan Kemp (ENG) bt [5] Kashif Shuja (NZL) 11-5, 11-4, 11-6 (31m)
[7] Jason Mudge (AUS) bt [4] Wai Hang Wong (HKG) 11-6, 11-6, 11-10 (2-0) (45m)
[3] Mike Corren (AUS) bt [6] Simon Carruthers (AUS) 11-7, 11-3, 11-7 (35m)
Steve Finitsis (AUS) bt [8] Aaron Frankcomb (AUS) 11-7, 11-9, 11-9 (52m)

Women's final:
[1] Shelley Kitchen (NZL) bt [2] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) 10-8, 9-6, 9-3 (55m)

Women's Semi-finals:
[1] Shelley Kitchen (NZL) bt [3] Dianne Desira (AUS) 9-1, 9-0, 9-0 (31m)
[2] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) bt [5] Louise Crome (NZL) 9-2, 9-0, 9-3 (33m)

Women's quarter-finals:
[1] Shelley Kitchen (NZL) bt [Q] Joelle King (NZL) 9-5, 9-3, 9-4 (33m)
[3] Dianne Desira (AUS) bt [8] Lim Yoke Wah (MAS) 9-0, 5-9, 9-6, 9-0 (37m)
[5] Louise Crome (NZL) bt [4] Orla Noom (NED) 10-8, 6-9, 9-1, 9-5 (56m)
[2] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) bt [Q] Peta Hughes (AUS) 9-5, 10-8, 9-7 (50m)

Women's 1st round:
[1] Shelley Kitchen (NZL) bt Mami Nishio (JPN) 9-1, 9-1, 9-3 (24m)
[Q] Joelle King (NZL) bt [7] Delia Arnold (MAS) 9-3, 4-9, 6-9, 9-6, 9-3 (56m)
[3] Dianne Desira (AUS) bt Chinatsu Matsui (JPN) 10-9, 9-6, 9-2 (52m)
[8] Lim Yoke Wah (MAS) bt [Q] Sachiko Shinta (JPN) 9-0, 9-5, 9-1 (37m)
[5] Louise Crome (NZL) bt Donna Urquhart (AUS) 10-8, 9-5, 9-1 (30m)
[4] Orla Noom (NED) bt [Q] Rachel Smith (AUS) 10-8, 9-6, 9-5 (40m)
[Q] Peta Hughes (AUS) bt [6] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) 3-9, 7-9, 9-2, 9-2, 9-0 (51m)
[2] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZL) bt Elise Ng (HKG) 9-2, 9-0, 9-1 (24m)

Kemp & Kitchen Capture Auckland Open Crowns
England's Jonathan Kemp and local star Shelley Kitchen, both the top seeds, claimed the titles in the Five Star Finance Auckland Squash Open after victories in the finals at the North Shore Squash Club in Takapuna, New Zealand.

Kemp, the world number 25, made light work of the men's PSA Tour final against third-seeded Australian Mike Corren, racing to an 11-4 11-9 11-2 victory in just 24 minutes.

The 25-year-old from Telford in Shropshire swept through the event without dropping a game and only once spent more than half an hour on court, when tackling New Zealand's national champion Kashif Shuja in the quarter-finals.

The triumph marks Kemp's fourth PSA Tour title - and second in the past three months after winning the Greek Open in June.

Kitchen, the world No13 from Auckland, won the women's WISPA World Tour final in straight games, despite stern resistance from second seeded fellow kiwi Jaclyn Hawkes, edging home 10-8 9-6 9-3 in 55 minutes.

It was Kitchen's sixth WISPA Tour title and the latest success this year for the 26-year-old who won the Women's WSF World Doubles Championship title in January, with compatriot Tamsyn Leevey, and the bronze medal in the women's singles in the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne in March.

Kemp On Target In Auckland Open
England's Jonathan Kemp is on target to win his first ever PSA Tour squash tournament in New Zealand following his emphatic 11-6 11-7 11-7 victory over seventh-seeded Australian Jason Mudge in the today's (Saturday) semi-finals of the Five Star Finance Auckland Squash Open at the North Shore Squash Club in Takapuna.

The top-seeded world No25 from Telford in Shropshire will now face another Australian Mike Corren in the title decider after the third seed battled past fellow Aussie Steve Finitsis in four games.

Meanwhile, top seed Shelley Kitchen had two straightforward victories in the women's WISPA Wold Tour event. The world number 13 beat New Zealand team-mate Joelle King in straight games in the quarter-finals, before repeating the dose against third-seeded Australian Dianne Desira in the semis.

The 26-year-old from Auckland will face Jaclyn Hawkes in the final, with the second seeded kiwi also winning her two matches in straight games.

Finitsis Battles On In Auckland Open
Unseeded Australian Steve Finitsis continued his giant-killing run in a day of upsets in the Five Star Finance Auckland Squash Open, earning a straight games victory in his men's quarter-final against eighth-seeded compatriot Aaron Frankcomb at the North Shore Squash Club in Takapuna, New Zealand.

The 23-year-old from Innisfail, who removed second seed Timothy Manning in the first round, dismissed Frankcomb 11-7, 11-9, 11-9 to set up a semi-final clash with a third Australian Mike Corren, the third seed.

Australia's No7 seed Jason Mudge also claimed an upset, winning in three games against fourth seed Wai Hang Wong from Hong Kong.

No such drama for top seed Jonathan Kemp from England, who proved too good for New Zealand's Kashif Shuja, beating the fifth seed 11-5 11-4 11-6.

In the women's draw, kiwi qualifier Joelle King surprised Malaysia's No7 seed Delia Arnold in the opening round, edging home in a five-game thriller. Not to be outdone, Australian qualifier Peta Hughes is also through to the quarter-finals, after beating sixth-seeded compatriot Lisa Camilleri 9-0 in the fifth.

Top seed Shelley Kitchen and second-seeded fellow kiwi Jaclyn Hawkes have had the most convincing wins of the day, both taking just 24 minutes to win through to the last eight.