Taranaki Open 2004
11-13 June, New Plymouth, New Zealand, $5k 

Leevey Lifts Taranaki Title

Gary Denvir reports

New Zealand's Tamsyn Leevey has claimed another title on the women's WISPA world squash tour.

The world number 31 claimed the Taranaki Open, with a comprehensive 9/0 9/2 9/2 demolition of Australian Kasey Brown in the final at the Kawaroa Squash Club in New Plymouth.

Leevey totally outclassed the third seed, never letting her opponent settle as she strolled to victory in just 21 minutes.

It is Leevey's third title this year, after she won both the North Shore International and the Geyser City Open in March.

Meanwhile, Jared Conning won the men's event, after a walkover against fellow kiwi Oliver Johnston in the final. Conning took out the opening game 9/1, before Johnston was forced to withdraw with a hip injury.



[1] Tamsyn Leevey (NZ) bt [3] Kasey Brown (Aus)   9/0, 9/2, 9/2

[1] Tamsyn Leevey (NZ) bt [4] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZ)  9/1, 9/0, 5/9, 9/6
[3] Kasey Brown (Aus) bt [2] Dianne Desira (Aus)  9/6, 9/3, 9/1

[1] Tamsyn Leevey (NZ) bt Jenny Bell (NZ)  9/2, 9/0, 9/1
[4] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZ) bt Judith Casbolt (NZ) walkover
[3] Kasey Brown (Aus) bt Louise Crome (NZ)  10/8, 9/6, 9/4
[2] Dianne Desira (Aus) bt Lim Yoke Wah (Mas) 9/5, 9/1, 9/1

First Round:
[1] Tamsyn Leevey (NZ) bt Rebecca Hawkes (NZ)  9/1 9/1 9/0
Jenny Bell (NZ) bt Kylie Lindsay (NZ)  4/9 4/9 9/5 9/1 9/6
[4] Jaclyn Hawkes (NZ) bt Isabelle Tweedle (Eng)  9/1 9/2 9/3
Judith Casbolt (NZ) bt Priscilla Wildsmith (NZ)  9/1 10/8 9/5
Louise Crome (NZ) bt [Q] Paula Edwards (NZ)  9/4 9/0 9/2
[3] Kasey Brown (Aus) bt Delia Arnold (Mas)  9/1 9/2 9/7
Lim Yoke Wah (Mas) bt Daniela Schumann (Ger)  9/1 9/0 4/9 9/5
[2] Dianne Desira (Aus) bt Joelle King (NZ)  9/3 9/4 1/9 9/7

Desira stumbles in Taranaki semis

Gary Denvir reports

Second seeded Australian Dianne Desira suffered a surprise loss in the semifinals of the WISPA Tour's Taranaki Open at Kawaroa Park Squash Club in New Plymouth.

The world number 39 was been comprehensively outplayed by fellow Aussie Kasey Brown, with the third seed cruising to a 9/6 9/3 9/1 victory.

No such problem for top seed Tamsyn Leevey, who moved  safely through to the final after beating fellow kiwi Jaclyn Hawkes in four. The world number 31 looked to be on course for a straight forward win after taking the first two games 9/1 9/0, but dropped the third 9/5. Leevey recovered to close out the match 9/6 in the fourth.

The final will be played at 2pm NZT, Sunday 13 June.

Meanwhile, the rich vein of form continues for rising kiwi star Joelle King.

After losing to Desira in the opening round, the 15 year old has won through to the final of the plate, with victories over Germany's Daniela Schumann and Delia Arnold from Malaysia. Just a week ago, King won the under 17 age group title at the Milo All Stars Junior Championships in Malaysia...Delia Arnold won the under 19 title.

Top seeds into the semis
The top four seeds are safely through to the semifinals at the WISPA Tour's Taranaki Open at Kawaroa Squash Club in New Plymouth.

Top seed Tamsyn Leevey stormed into the last four with an effortless 9/2 9/0 9/1 victory over fellow kiwi Jenny Bell. The world number 38 will now meet fourth seed Jaclyn Hawkes, in an all kiwi semifinal at 5:40 NZT tonight. The match has been moved forward to enable the players to watch tonight's rugby test between the All Blacks and world champions England at Carisbrook in Dunedin.

And the second semifinal is an all Australian affair, with second seeded Dianne Desira and third seed Kasey Brown both winning in straight games. The two Aussies will do battle at 7pm NZT.

Leevey cruises into Taranaki Quarters

Gary Denvir reports

Top seed Tamsyn Leevey cruised into the second round of the WISPA Tour's Taranaki Open at Kawaroa Park Squash Club in New Plymouth.

The world number 31 made short work of fellow kiwi Rebecca Hawkes in her opening match, waltzing to a 9/1 9/1 9/0 victory.

Australian third seed Kasey Brown was similarly untroubled in beating Malaysia's Delia Arnold in straight games, while fourth seeded kiwi Jaclyn Hawkes also won in three against Isabelle Tweedle from England.

However, second seeded Australian Dianne Desira was made to work a lot harder to earn her spot in the quarterfinals.

The world number 38 was been pushed to four games by Waikato teenager Joelle King, eventually prevailing 9/3 9/4 1/9 9/7. Just a week ago, 15-year-old Joelle King won the under 17 title at the Milo All Stars Junior Squash Championships in Malaysia.

Strong field for Taranaki Open
Gary Denvir reports
Six of the top 100 women's squash players will be on show at the Taranaki Open, at the Kawaroa Squash Club this weekend.

A trans-Tasman duel is looming in the WISPA world tour event, with New Zealand's Tamsyn Leevey seeded to meet Australia's Dianne Desira in the final.

Leevey gets top billing courtesy of her world ranking of 31, with 38th ranked Desira seeded second.

Kasey Brown will also fly the Australian flag as third seed, while New Zealand's Jaclyn Hawkes, Kylie Lindsay and Judith Casbolt will all be aiming to further boost their world rankings with some valuable points at the event.

Play gets underway in the first round proper at 6pm on Friday.