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Greater Bendigo International 2022

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$3,000 City of Greater Bendigo International 2022, Bendigo Squash Centre, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, PSA Challenger Tour 3
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Greater Bendigo International 2022
Men's Draw
30 Jun - 03 Jul
Victoria, Australia, $3k

Final:
[9/16] Abhay Singh (IND) bt [2] Ivan Yuen (MAS) 13-11, 6-11, 11-5, 4-11, 13-11 (80m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Joseph White (AUS) v Andes Ling (HKG)
[2] Rhys Dowling (AUS) v [3] Bryan Lim Tze Kang (MAS)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Joseph White (AUS) bt [5] Laouenan LoaŽc (FRA) 11-7, 9-11, 12-10, 11-1 (48m)
Andes Ling (HKG) bt [8] Ho Ka Hei (HKG) 13-15, 11-6, 11-9, 5-11, 11-7 (59m)
[3] Bryan Lim Tze Kang (MAS) bt Aaron Liang (SGP) 11-6, 6-11, 10-12, 12-10, 11-6 (55m)
[2] Rhys Dowling (AUS) bt Lam Shing Fung (HKG) 11-7, 5-11, 1-11, 11-8, 12-10 (35m)

1st round:
[1] Joseph White (AUS) bt Javed Ali (AUS) 11-7, 11-7, 11-1 (29m)
[5] Laouenan LoaŽc (FRA) bt [WC] Tate Zak Norris (AUS) 12-10, 11-8, 4-11, 11-9 (50m)
[8] Ho Ka Hei (HKG) bt Dylan Molinaro (AUS) 11-9, 5-11, 11-8, 11-9 (50m)
Andes Ling (HKG) bt [4] Shady El Sherbiny (EGY) 11-8, 11-4, 11-4 (23m)
[3] Bryan Lim Tze Kang (MAS) bye
Aaron Liang (SGP) bt [6] Damon MacMillan (AUS) 11-1, 11-9, 11-7 (22m)
Lam Shing Fung (HKG) bt [7] Navaneeth Prabhu (IND) 11-5, 11-5, 11-2 (19m)
[2] Rhys Dowling (AUS) bt Benjamin Ratcliffe (AUS) 8-11, 11-0, 11-7, 11-8 (29m)

Greater Bendigo International 2022
Women's Draw
30 Jun - 03 Jul
Victoria, Australia, $3k

Final:
[2] Akari Midorikawa (JPN) bt Mingyeong Heo (KOR) 10-12, 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 (33m)

Semi Finals:
Mingyeong Heo (HKG) bt [3] Wai Sze Wing (HKG) 3-2: 11-5, 11-7, 10-12, 5-11, 11-7 (41m)
[2] Akari Midorikawa (JPN) bt [8] Lam Po Ying (HKG) 3-1: 11-13, 11-8, 11-2, 12-10 (32m)

[2] Rana Ismail (EGY) bt [7] Asia Harris (ENG) 11-5, 12-10, 11-6 (31m)
[8] Zeina Zein (EGY) bt [4] Saran Nghiem (ENG) 11-9, 2-11, 11-2, 11-2 (30m)
[6] Menna Walid (EGY) bt [3] Cheng Nga Ching (HKG) 9-11, 11-9, 14-12, 7-11, 11-8 (57m)
[1] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt [5] Kiera Marshall (ENG) 11-8, 11-8, 11-3 (26m)

1st round:
[2] Rana Ismail (EGY) bt [WC] Isabel McCullough (ENG) 11-6, 9-11, 11-5, 11-6 (33m)
[7] Asia Harris (ENG) bt Emma Keane (BER) 11-5, 11-9, 11-7 (24m)
[8] Zeina Zein (EGY) bt Lowri Roberts (WAL) 7-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-5 (31m)
[4] Saran Nghiem (ENG) bt Sofia Aveiro Pita (POR) 11-5, 11-1, 11-4 (17m)
[3] Cheng Nga Ching (HKG) bt Megan van Drongelen (NED) 11-5, 11-8, 11-6 (20m)
[6] Menna Walid (EGY) bt Katie Cox (ENG) 11-8, 11-1, 10-12, 12-14, 11-7 (38m)
[5] Kiera Marshall (ENG) bt Phoebe Colman (ENG) 11-0, 11-2, 11-2 (17m)
[1] Torrie Malik (ENG) bt Siobhan Wilkins (ENG) 11-2, 11-7, 11-3 (23m)

REPORTS

Kang And Midorikawa Successful

The City of Greater Bendigo International came to its conclusion on Sunday at the Bendigo Squash Centre in Victoria, Australia, and it was victory for Malaysiaís Bryan Lim Tze Kang and Japanís Akari Midorikawa.

Kang came into the menís Challenger 3 level event as the No.3 seed, but he had two wins on Australian soil to his name in 2021, and was aiming for a first win of this campaign. The Malaysian started with a walkover through the first round, sending him straight through to the quarter finals fo the competition.

There, the World No.361 defeated Singaporeís Aaron Liang in a five-game battle which lasted almost an hour, one in which the Malaysian had to come from being 2-1 behind, winning a fourth game tiebreak, before going on to clinch the win in the decider. He then defeated No.2 seed Rhys Dowling in straight games in the last four to make it through to the final.

In the final on Sunday afternoon, Kang came up against the tournamentís top seed, World No.124 Joseph White. The Malaysian had won two of their previous three meetings on the Tour, and he took the first game comfortably. A second game tie-break also went the way of the No.3 seed, to double his lead, and essentially secure the title, as he cruised to victory in the third, to claim the third title of his career.

The womenís event saw a second victory for Akari Midorikawa in the 2021-2022 season, after she came into the Challenger 3 level competition as the No.2 seed. She received a bye through to the quarter finals in Bendigo, before then defeating South Koreaís Yura Choe in four games.

The World No.131 then came from behind after losing the first game of her semi-final clash with Hong Kongís No.8 seed Lam Po Ying to win in four, before seeing the final against south Koreaís Mingyeong Heo follow the exact same pattern. She lost the first game on a tie-break, but fought back to win the next three 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 to claim her second victory of the season, following her win at the Aida Sekkei Greetings Squash Championships.
 
Hong Kongís Tse And Fung Cause Upsets

There were two surprise results in the semi-finals of the City of Greater Shepparton International with a pair of Hongkongers, in Lam Shing Fung and Toby Tse taking out higher seeded players to make it through to the finals of the Challenger 3 level tournament.

Starting with Tse, who was the No.3 seed for the womenís draw coming in to the tournament, and she took on No.2 seed Akari Midorikawa in the last four of the competition. The Japanese No.2 had claimed victory in Bendigo last week and was in great form, but Tse won out in four games in just 29 minutes to book her spot in the just the second final of her fledgling career.

Tse will take on top seed, Australiaís Sarah Cardwell, in the final on Sunday afternoon in Shepparton, after the World No.80 downed No.4 seed Wai Sze Wing in a contest that went all the way to a tie-break in the deciding game. The Aussie, playing on home soil, found herself behind after three games, but won the fourth to level the match, before then eventually taking the fifth game 13-11 to book her spot in the final.

The menís event also will see a surprise in the final, as No.8 seed Lam Shing Fung defeated No.6 seed Ho Ka Hei in straight games. Fung had already beaten No.2 seed Shady El Sherbiny to make the last four, and he spent just 25 minutes on court in the semis, winning 11-8, 11-9, 11-4 to punch his ticket through to the final.

He will take on the tournamentís tops seed, Malaysiaís Hafiz Zhafri, in the final on Sunday after the World No.233 downed Hong Kongís Andes Ling in five games. Zhafri led by two games, but the Hongkonger fought back to send the match into a decider. In a rapid fire contest, the Malaysian regrouped to win the fifth game 11-7, with just 48 minutes on the clock.

The finals of the City of Greater Shepparton International will take place on Sunday, July 10, with Hong Kongís Lam Shing Fung and Toby Tse taking on Malaysiaís Hafiz Zhafri and Aussie Sarah Cardwell, respectively, for the Challenger 3 level titles.
Kang And Midorikawa Successful

The City of Greater Bendigo International came to its conclusion on Sunday at the Bendigo Squash Centre in Victoria, Australia, and it was victory for Malaysiaís Bryan Lim Tze Kang and Japanís Akari Midorikawa.

Kang came into the menís Challenger 3 level event as the No.3 seed, but he had two wins on Australian soil to his name in 2021, and was aiming for a first win of this campaign. The Malaysian started with a walkover through the first round, sending him straight through to the quarter finals fo the competition.

There, the World No.361 defeated Singaporeís Aaron Liang in a five-game battle which lasted almost an hour, one in which the Malaysian had to come from being 2-1 behind, winning a fourth game tiebreak, before going on to clinch the win in the decider. He then defeated No.2 seed Rhys Dowling in straight games in the last four to make it through to the final.

In the final on Sunday afternoon, Kang came up against the tournamentís top seed, World No.124 Joseph White. The Malaysian had won two of their previous three meetings on the Tour, and he took the first game comfortably. A second game tie-break also went the way of the No.3 seed, to double his lead, and essentially secure the title, as he cruised to victory in the third, to claim the third title of his career.

The womenís event saw a second victory for Akari Midorikawa in the 2021-2022 season, after she came into the Challenger 3 level competition as the No.2 seed. She received a bye through to the quarter finals in Bendigo, before then defeating South Koreaís Yura Choe in four games.

The World No.131 then came from behind after losing the first game of her semi-final clash with Hong Kongís No.8 seed Lam Po Ying to win in four, before seeing the final against south Koreaís Mingyeong Heo follow the exact same pattern. She lost the first game on a tie-break, but fought back to win the next three 11-6, 11-5, 11-6 to claim her second victory of the season, following her win at the Aida Sekkei Greetings Squash Championships.
 
Unseeded Heo Through To Final

The surprises keep on coming in Victoria, with the unseeded Mingyeong Heo downing the tournamentís No.3 seed to move into the womenís final, while Bryan Lim Tze Kang also caused a surprise to make the menís final at the Bendigo Squash Centre.

Heo came into the last four of the Challenger 3 having already defeated Sarah Cardwell, the top seed for the competition, in the quarter finals. In the semis, the South Korean took on No.3 seed Wai Sze Wing, and the pair went the distance to decide who would make it through to the final.

The Korean took the first two games quite comfortably, dropping just twelve points across the pair, but she then saw Wing take the third game on a tie-break, before going on to win the fourth as well to send the match into a deciding game. Heo would take it 11-7, regrouping after losing those two games, to advance to the first final of her career.

She will face Japanís Akari Midorikawa in the final on Sunday afternoon, after the tournamentís No.2 seed defeated Hong Kongís No.8 seed Lam Po Ying in a four game battle. The Japanese No.2 lost the opening game on a tie-break 13-11, but fought back to win the next three to advance to the final in Bendigo.

The menís final will see Malaysiaís Bryan Lim Tze Kang aim to take his third victory in twelve months, as he takes on top seed Joseph White. The Malaysian downed No.2 seed Rhys Dowling in his semi-final to make it through, while White got the better of Hong Kongís Andes Ling.

The finals of the City of Greater Bendigo International will take place on Sunday, July 2 at the Bendigo Squash Centre, with Mingyeong Heo and Akari Midorikawa doing battle in the womenís match, before Joseph White and Bryan Lim Tze Kang go head-to-head in the menís final.
 
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