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Australian Open 2022

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$30,000 Australian Open 2022, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia, PSA Challenger Tour 30
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Australian Open 2022
Men's Draw
26 - 30 Oct
Sydney, Australia, $30k

ROUND TWO
27 Oct
QUARTERS
28 Oct
SEMIS
29 Oct
FINAL
30 Oct

[1] Miguel Rodriguez (COL)
11-2, 11-5, 11-9 (26m)
[9/16] Rhys Dowling (AUS)

Miguel Rodriguez
11-7, 11-3, 11-9 (34m)
Martin Svec
Miguel Rodriguez
11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (44m)
Andrew Douglas


Miguel Rodriguez
11-9, 11-8, 11-6 (44m)
Greg Lobban

 
[7] Martin Svec (CZE)
10-12, 11-3, 11-4, 11-3 (41m)
[9/16] Sandeep Ramachandran (IND)
[6] Andrew Douglas (USA)
9-11, 11-13, 11-7, 11-5, 11-8 (61m)
[9/16] Tom Walsh (ENG)
Andrew Douglas
6-11, 11-7, 6-11, 11-4, 11-9 (67m)
Ryunosuke Tsukue
[9/16] Ryunosuke Tsukue (JPN)
11-3, 11-4, 5-11, 13-11 (49m)
[4] David Baillargeon (CAN)
[3] Greg Lobban (SCO)
11-8, 11-7, 11-5 (34m)
[9/16] Daniel Poleshchuk (ISR)
Greg Lobban
4-11, 12-10, 7-11,
11-8, 11-9 (75m)
Charlie Lee
Greg Lobban
11-6, 21-19, 11-9 (62m)
Adrian Waller
[5] Charlie Lee (ENG)
11-7, 11-5, 14-12 (44m)
[9/16] Valentin Rapp (GER)
[8] Rex Hedrick (AUS)
12-10, 11-5, 11-5 (40m)
Joseph White (AUS)
Rex Hedrick
12-10, 11-8, 11-9 (52m)
Adrian Waller
[9/16] Simon Herbert (ENG)
11-9, 11-8, 12-10 (38m)
[2] Adrian Waller (ENG)

ROUND ONE

[1] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bye
[9/16] Rhys Dowling (AUS) bt [WC] Oscar Curtis (AUS) 11-6, 11-2, 11-4 (23m)
[9/16] Sandeep Ramachandran (IND) bt Owain Taylor (WAL) 11-8, 11-9, 11-8 (45m)
[7] Martin Svec (CZE) bye
[6] Andrew Douglas (USA) bye
[9/16] Tom Walsh (ENG) bt Amaad Fareed (PAK) 11-7, 13-11, 11-6 (31m)
[9/16] Ryunosuke Tsukue (JPN) bt Wee Ming Hock (MAS) 11-4, 11-3, 11-5 (31m)
[4] David Baillargeon (CAN) bye
[3] Greg Lobban (SCO) bye
[9/16] Daniel Poleshchuk (ISR) bt [WC] Nicholas Calvert (AUS) 11-7, 11-5, 11-9 (30m)
[9/16] Valentin Rapp (GER) bt Temwa Chileshe (NZL) 11-8, 11-0, 9-11, 11-2 (47m)
[5] Charlie Lee (ENG) bye
[8] Rex Hedrick (AUS) bye
Joseph White (AUS) bt [9/16] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 (40m)
[9/16] Simon Herbert (ENG) bt Zahir Shah (PAK) 11-8, 11-8, 11-5 (20m)
[2] Adrian Waller (ENG) bye

Australian Open 2022
Women's Draw
26 - 30 Oct
Sydney, Australia, $30k

ROUND TWO
27 Oct
QUARTERS
28 Oct
SEMIS
29 Oct
FINAL
30 Oct

[1] Nele Gilis (BEL)
11-3, 11-2, 11-4 (24m)
Jacqueline Peychär (AUT)

Nele Gilis
11-4, 11-1, 11-2 (28m)
Saskia Beinhard
Nele Gilis
11-3, 11-8, 12-14, 11-9 (59m)
Satomi Watanabe
Nele Gilis
11-9, 11-8, 11-6 (44m)
Sabrina Sobhy
[7] Saskia Beinhard (GER)
8-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-8 (47m)
[9/16] Alex Haydon (AUS)
[6] Satomi Watanabe (JPN)
11-8, 11-5, 11-4 (25m)
[9/16] Salma Eltayeb (EGY)
Satomi Watanabe
10-12, 11-9, 6-11, 11-9, 11-5 (64m)
Jasmine Hutton
[4] Jasmine Hutton (ENG)
11-9, 11-7, 11-6 (29m)
[9/16] Jessica Turnbull (AUS)
[3] Olivia Clyne (USA)
11-2, 11-8, 11-8 (22m)
[9/16] Rachael Grinham (AUS)
 Olivia Clyne
11-8, 11-6, 11-3 (28m)
Kaitlyn Watts
 Olivia Clyne
11-6, 11-3, 11-7 (32m)
Sabrina Sobhy
[8] Sarah Cardwell (AUS)
11-8, 11-3, 7-11, 11-6 (39m)
[9/16] Kaitlyn Watts (NZL)
[5]  (AUS)
14-12, 11-13, 11-5, 11-7 (36m)
Yasshmita Jadishkumar (MAS)
Donna Lobban
11-5, 11-3, 11-0 (23m)
Sabrina Sobhy
Katerina Tycova (GER)
11-4, 11-5, 11-1 (25m)
[2] Sabrina Sobhy (USA)

ROUND ONE

[1] Nele Gilis (BEL) bye
Jacqueline Peychär (AUT) bt [9/16] Nadia Pfister (SUI) 11-4, 8-11, 10-12, 11-7, 11-9 (46m)
[9/16] Alex Haydon (AUS) bt Au Yeong Wai Yhann (SGP) 13-11, 12-10, 11-3 (27m)
[7] Saskia Beinhard (GER) bye
[6] Satomi Watanabe (JPN) bye
[9/16] Salma Eltayeb (EGY) bt [WC] Sze Yu Lee (AUS) 11-3, 11-3, 11-7 (18m)
[9/16] Jessica Turnbull (AUS) bt Erin Classen (AUS) 11-4, 11-7, 11-3 (22m)
[4] Jasmine Hutton (ENG) bye
[3] Olivia Clyne (USA) bye
[9/16] Rachael Grinham (AUS) bt [WC] Sophie Fadaely (AUS) 11-13, 11-2, 11-5, 11-7 (34m)
[9/16] Kaitlyn Watts (NZL) bt Noor Ul Huda (PAK) 11-1, 11-3, 11-1 (20m)
[8] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) bye
[5] Donna Lobban (AUS) bye
Yasshmita Jadishkumar (MAS) bt [9/16] Akari Midorikawa (JPN) 11-4, 7-11, 11-8, 11-5 (30m)
Katerina Tycova (GER) bt [9/16] Ooi Kah Yan (MAS) 14-12, 11-7, 11-6 (28m)
[2] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bye
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Gilis and Rodriguez Victorious In Sydney

Miguel Rodriguez and Nele Gilis with the Australian Open titles

Top seeds Nele Gilis and Miguel Rodriguez took the titles at the City Tattersalls Club Australian Open in Sydney this week.

Following a bye into the second round, the Belgian got her campaign underway at the University of Sydney with a comfortable 24-minute victory over Austrian No.1 Jacqueline Peychar, where she dropped just nine points in an 11-3, 11-2, 11-4 success.

Gilis followed that with another commanding performance, this time dropping just seven points in a straight games win over Saskia Beinhard, the German No.1. She then came up against Japanese No.1 Satomi Watanabe, the No.6 seed, in the semis. The pair did battle for an hour, with Gilis coming through in four tough games.

The final saw the World No.13 take on Sabrina Sobhy for the Challenger 30 level crown, and she got the job done in straight games. The first was tight, with an 11-9 scoreline going the way of the Belgian. From there, she seemed in control, winning in 45 minutes to become just the third woman to win multiple titles in the 2022-2023 season, following her success at the Open de France de Squash.

Like Gilis, Rodriguez came into the City Tattersalls Club Australian Open as the top seed, and received a bye through the opening day of action in Sydney. He then got the better of Australia’s Rhys Dowling in straight games to kick off his week.

Another straight games victory came in the quarter finals, this time against the Czech Republic’s Martin Svec, the No.7 seed. Rodriguez took on the USA’s Andrew Douglas in the semi-finals, beating the American in straight games in a tough 44-minute contest.

The final saw the 2018 British Open champion take on Scotland’s Greg Lobban, and he fell behind after the opening game of the contest. However, the Colombian fought back to win the second and third games comfortably to hold the advantage. He then went on to take a tight fourth game 11-9 as well, claiming his 30th Tour title.
Lobban Downs Canberra Champ Waller

Greg Lobban on court in Sydney
Greg Lobban

Scotland’s Greg Lobban downed No.2 seed Adrian Waller to reach the finals of the City Tattersalls Club Australian Open on Saturday afternoon at the University of Sydney.

The British pair did battle in the last four of the Challenger 30 level competition, and Waller was in good form, having claimed the title at the Jansher Khan Canberra Open last week.

In what was a very tight contest, it was the Scot who took the early lead. The World No.30 opened his account in the match with an 11-6 win in the first game, before a mammoth tie-break ensued in the second. Forty points were played, with Lobban eventually taking it 21-19. That helped him carry the momentum through to the third game, which he also won, to take a 3-0 victory, to book his spot in the final in Sydney.

The Scottish No.1 will now face Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez in the final of the Challenger 30 level event. The World No.13 overcame the challenge of the USA’s Andrew Douglas in straight games to book his spot, wining 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 in 44 minutes on Saturday afternoon.

Top seed Nele Gilis had to fight her way into the women’s final, getting back Japanese No.1 Satomi Watanabe in a four-game battle. The Belgian led by two games going into the third, but Watanabe fought back with a 14-12 win in the third. Gilis regrouped, taking a tight fourth game 11-9 to seal the victory.

She will now face the USA’s Sabrina Sobhy in the final on Sunday, after the World No.18 came through an all-American battle with Olivia Clyne. This was the sixth meeting between the two on Tour, with Clyne coming in with a 3-2 record. Sobhy was in complete control of this contest, though, winning in straight games in 32 minutes to secure her place in the final.

The City Tattersalls Club Australian Open will come to its conclusion at the University of Sydney on Sunday, October 30. All the action from both finals will be streamed live and free on the PSA Challenger Tour YouTube channel. You can also keep up to date with live scores from the event here.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter.
 
Watanabe Downs Hutton To Make Surprise Quarter Final

Satomi Watanabe in action at the University of Sydney
Satomi Watanabe in action at the University of Sydney

Japan’s Satomi Watanabe secured the day’s only upset at the City Tattersalls Club Australian Open, as she defeated World No.26 Jasmine Hutton to make the quarter finals of the Challenger 30 level tournament,

The Japanese No.1 came into the women’s draw as the No.6 seed, and after a win against Egypt’s Salma Eltayeb in the second round, she came up against Hutton in the last eight of the competition.

The pair had never met on Tour before, and it was the Englishwoman who won the first game on a tie-break 12-10. Watanabe fought back to win the second but found herself behind once again at 2-1. From there, though, the Japanese No.1 was able to show her skills, those that took her into the top 50 in the World Rankings prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. She went on to win the last game 11-5 to book her place in the semis of the Challenger 30 level event.

Watanabe will now face the tournament’s top seed, Belgium’s Nele Gilis, in the last four. The World No.13 put in a stunning performance on Friday, dropping just seven points against German No.1 Saskia Beinhard. She won 11-4, 11-1, 11-2 to make the last four. The other women’s semi-final will be an all-American affair, after Sabrina Sobhy and Olivia Clyne won their respective last eight matches in straight games.

In the men’s event, Scotland’s Greg Lobban survived a scare to defeat Englishman Charlie Lee in five. He found himself 2-1 down after three games, despite winning the second on a tie-break. However, the Scottish No.1 fought hard, and won the fourth game 11-8, before going on to win the deciding game 11-9 as well, to take the victory.

He will now face England’s Adrian Waller in the last four, while the other semi-final will see top seed Miguel Rodriguez take on the USA’s Andrew Douglas on Saturday afternoon.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter.
 
Tsukue and Watts Into Quarters

Ryunosuke Tsukue in action

Japan’s Ryunosuke Tsukue and New Zealand’s Kaitlyn Watts took down seeded players to make it into the last eight of the Australian Open in Sydney.

Tsukue has continued the form that took him to the final of the Jansher Khan Canberra Open last week, and he started another knockout run in Sydney on Thursday. After coming through his opening round clash, the Japanese player took down No.4 seed David Baillargeon in a four game battle. The match almost went to five, with Tsukue saving five game balls in the fourth before going on to win it 13-11.

Tsukue will now face the USA’s Andrew Douglas, the No.6 seed, in the quarters. The American had to come from two games down to defeat England’s Tom Walsh in his second round encounter. Walsh started strongly, but Douglas was able to mount a comeback to win in five, taking the deciding game 11-8 to seal the deal after an hour’s action.

In the women’s draw, New Zealand’s Kaitlyn Watts also caused an upset, getting the better of Australia’s No.8 seed Sarah Cardwell to book her spot in the quarter finals. Watts won the first two games comfortably before seeing the Aussie fight back to win the third. However, the Kiwi took the No.8 seed down in four to advance to the quarter finals of the competition.

There will be two Australians in action in the quarter finals on Friday. Rex Hedrick overcame compatriot Joseph White in straight games to make his way into the last eight, while Donna Lobban defeated Malaysia’s Yasshmita Jadishkumar in a tight four-game battle.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter.
 
Five Aussies Win On Opening Day

Jessica Turnbull
Jessica Turnbull in action in Sydney

The opening day of the Australian Open saw eight home hopes make it through to the last 16 of the Challenger 30 level competition at the University of Sydney.

There were three all-Australian clashes on the first day in Sydney, with Jessica Turnbull getting the better of Erin Classen in straight games to advance. Rhys Dowling and former World No.1 Rachael Grinham also made it through, getting the better of wildcards Sophie Fadaely and Oscar Curtis.

There were two other Australians who won on the opening day, with both Joseph White and Alex Haydon also making it through to the second round. They join Rex Hedrick, Donna Lobban and Sarah Cardwell, the three seeded Australians, in the last 16 draw.

Elsewhere, Austria’s Jacqueline Peychar came through the only five-game battle of Wednesday’s play. The Austrian No.1 got the better of Swiss No.2 Nadia Pfister, coming from 2-1 down to win in five after 46 minutes. Peychar will now take on top seed Nele Gilis in the second round.

The second round of the Australian Open will take place on Thursday, October 27, with the seeded players coming into the draw. All the action from the University of Sydney will be streamed live on the PSA Challenger Tour YouTube channel.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter.
 
Preview

The biggest event of the week will be the Challenger 30 level Australian Open, which will feature several players inside the world’s top 50. The University of Sydney will play host to the event, which kicks off on Wednesday, October 26.

Nele Gilis after her win against Tesni Evans in the semi-finals of the Open de France de Squash
Nele Gilis after her win against Tesni Evans in the semi-finals of the Open de France de Squash

World No.13 Nele Gilis will be the top seed in the women’s draw, with the American duo of Olivia Clyne and Sabrina Sobhy, and England’s Jasmine Hutton, making up the rest of the top four seeds. Donna Lobban and Sarah Cardwell will both be seeded for the competition on home soil.

Colombia’s Miguel Rodriguez will be the top seed in the men’s event, with Adrian Waller, who was victorious in Canberra last week, aiming for wins in back-to-back events. Scotland’s Greg Lobban and Canadian No.1 David Baillargeon will be in action as well. Rex Hedrick will be the leading Aussie in the draw, as the No.8 seed.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, Twitter.
 

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