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Costa North Coast Open 2022


$12,000 Costa North Coast Open 2022, Coffs Harbour Squash & Swim Centre, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia, PSA Challenger Tour 10
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Costa North Coast Open 2022
Men's Draw
17 - 21 Aug
Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia, $12k

18 AUG
19 AUG
 20 AUG
21 AUG 

[1] Henry Leung (HKG)
11-2, 11-6, 11-8 (30m)
Nicholas Calvert (AUS)

Henry Leung
11-9, 13-11, 4-11,
19-17 (86m)
Rex Hedrick
Rex Hedrick
11-7, 11-6, 11-5 (43m)
Abhay Singh

Rex Hedrick
9-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-2, 11-5 (78m)
Addeen Idrakie
[9/16] Rex Hedrick (AUS)
15-13, 11-3, 11-5 (43m)
[8] Joseph White (AUS)
[9/16] Abhay Singh (IND)
11-7, 11-6, 11-7 (40m)
[5] Chi Him Wong (HKG)
Abhay Singh
6-11, 11-3, 3-11, 11-5, 11-8 (58m)
Lwamba Chileshe
[4] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL)
11-7, 11-7, 8-11, 6-11, 11-7 (57m)
[WC] Elijah Thomas (NZL)
[3] Addeen Idrakie (MAS)
11-6, 11-8, 11-3 (29m)
[9/16] Harley Lam (HKG)
Addeen Idrakie
11-9, 13-11, 11-2 (33m)
Tang Ming Hong
Addeen Idrakie
12-10, 8-11, 11-7, 11-8 (56m)
Yannick Wilhelmi
[7] Tang Ming Hong (HKG)
9-11, 12-10, 11-7, 11-4 (39m)
[9/16] Rhys Dowling (AUS)
[6] Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI)
11-8, 11-3, 11-2 (21m)
Chung Yat Long (HKG)
Yannick Wilhelmi
5-11, 11-9, 11-4, 11-5 (44m)
Matthew Lai
[9/16] Matthew Lai (HKG)
11-3, 11-5, 7-11, 11-5 (44m)
[2] Muhammad Asim Khan (PAK)


[1] Henry Leung (HKG) bye
Nicholas Calvert (AUS) bt [9/16] Robert Andrew Garcia (PHI) 13-11, 11-7, 9-11, 12-14, 13-11 (88m)
[9/16] Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt Wailok To (HKG) 11-5, 11-2, 11-9 (37m)
[8] Joseph White (AUS) bye
[5] Chi Him Wong (HKG) bye
[9/16] Abhay Singh (IND) bt Damon MacMillan (AUS) 11-7, 11-7, 11-7 (29m)
[WC] Elijah Thomas (NZL) bt [9/16] Temwa Chileshe (NZL) 7-11, 11-6, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8 (74m)
[4] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL) bye
[3] Addeen Idrakie (MAS) bye
[9/16] Harley Lam (HKG) bt Joel Arscott (NZL) 12-10, 11-8, 2-11, 9-11, 11-9 (85m)
[9/16] Rhys Dowling (AUS) bt [WC] James Lloyd (AUS) 13-11, 11-4, 11-6 (30m)
[7] Tang Ming Hong (HKG) bye
[6] Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI) bye
Chung Yat Long (HKG) bt [9/16] Robin Gadola (SUI) 5-11, 11-9, 11-6, 16-14 (40m)
[9/16] Matthew Lai (HKG) bt [WC] Dylan Molinaro (AUS) 11-7, 11-5, 8-11, 11-6 (45m)
[2] Muhammad Asim Khan (PAK) bye
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Costa North Coast Open 2022
Women's Draw
18 - 21 Aug
Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia, $12k

18 AUG
19 AUG
 20 AUG
21 AUG 

[1] Chan Sin Yuk (HKG)
11-1, 11-0, 11-5 (14m)
Noor Ul Huda (PAK)

Chan Sin Yuk
11-5, 11-1, 11-5 (18m)
Celine Walser
Chan Sin Yuk
11-7, 11-1, 11-5 (19m)
Cheng Nga Ching
Chan Sin Yuk
11-7, 11-6, 11-9 (24m)
Jessica Turnbull
Celine Walser (SUI)
11-6, 11-2, 11-9 (21m)
[7] Rachael Grinham (AUS)
[6] Cheng Nga Ching (HKG)
11-4, 11-2, 11-1 (14m)
Aiman Shahbaz (PAK)
Cheng Nga Ching
9-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-3, 13-11 (48m)
Alex Haydon
[4] Alex Haydon (AUS)
11-5, 11-4, 9-11, 11-4 (31m)
Colette Sultana (MLT)
[3] Sarah Cardwell (AUS)
11-8, 11-9, 11-3 (13m)
Tayla Mounter (ENG)
Sarah Cardwell
11-5, 14-12, 11-8 (25m)
Au Yeong Wai Yhann
Sarah Cardwell
11-2, 11-9, 11-13, 11-2 (34m)
Jessica Turnbull
[8] Au Yeong Wai Yhann (SGP)
11-9, 11-8, 4-11, 12-10 (27m)
Urwashi Joshi (IND)
[5] Jessica Turnbull (AUS)
11-6, 11-5, 11-4 (19m)
Yasshmita Jadishkumar (MAS)
Jessica Turnbull
11-9, 11-5, 11-13, 11-7 (38m)
Grace Gear
Ching Hei Fung (HKG)
7-11, 11-4, 11-6, 11-8 (36m)
[2] Grace Gear (ENG)


Hedrick And Yuk Claim Silverware

Rex Hedrick (centre) with the Costa North Coast Open trophy

The Costa North Coast Open came to its conclusion on Sunday afternoon at the Coffs Harbour Squash & Swim Centre, with Australia’s Rex Hedrick and Hong Kong’s Chan Sin Yuk taking home the titles from the Challenger 10 level competition.

Hedrick, the former World No.48, came into the tournament unseeded, but the 33-year-old showed his class throughout. He started with a comfortable win over Hong Kong’s Wailok To, before taking out the first of three seeds, in No.8 seed and compatriot Joseph White, in the second round.

That was followed up with a victory over the tournament’s top seed, Hong Kong’s Henry Leung, with a fourth game tie-break going all the way to 19-17, as Hedrick won after 86 brutal minutes on court. He then defeated another unseeded player, in India’s Abhay Singh, in straight games in the semi-finals to move through to the final.

In the final on Sunday afternoon in Coffs Harbour, the Australian came up against Malaysia’s Addeen Idrakie, the No.3 seed for the event. He fell behind twice in the contest, but was able to regroup and fight back to level the scores on both occasions. Hedrick then went on to take the fifth game 11-5 to secure the victory, his 19th title on Tour.

While one champion was unseeded, the women’s winner was the top seed and Hong Kong’s Chan Sin Yuk dominated the competition, coming through her four matches in Australia without dropping a game. She started by dropping just six points against Pakistan’s Nour ul Huda, winning in 14 minutes, before then defeated Switzerland’s Celine Walser in straight games as well, to advance through to the last four.

Chan Sin Yuk (centre) with the Costa North Coast Open trophy

Yuk, who broke into the world’s top 40 for the first time earlier this year, then got the better of compatriot and No.6 seed Cheng Nga Ching in another sub-20 minute match, before taking on Australian Jessica Turnbull in the final on Sunday. The final was a closer battle for the Hongkonger, but she won in straight games, 11-7, 11-6, 11-9, to secure the title, her fifth on Tour to date.
Australian Interest In Both Finals

Jessica Turnbull

There will be home interest in both finals at the Costa North Coast Open in Coffs Harbour, Australia, after Rex Hedrick and Jessica Turnbull both made their way through to the finals after winning their respective last four contests on Saturday afternoon.

The first men’s semi-final guaranteed an unseeded player making it through to the finals of the Challenger 10 level tournament, with Australia’s Rex Hedrick and Indian Abhay Singh facing off. It was the home favourite, and the former top 50 player, that took control of the contest, and won out in straight games 11-7, 11-6, 11-5 to book his spot in yet another final on Tour.

He will now face the tournament’s No.3 seed, Malaysian Addeen Idrakie, after he got the better of Switzerland’s No.6 seed Yannick Wilhelmi. It was the pair’s first meeting on Tour and they were evenly matches, with the Malaysian taking the first on a tie-break, before Wilhelmi levelled the match after winning the second game. From there, though, Idrakie was able to wrestle the momentum back into his favour, winning both the third and fourth games to take the victory.

The surprise result in the women’s draw came in the all-Australian battle on Saturday, as World No.88 Jessica Turnbull defeated World No.75 Sarah Cardwell in a four-game battle. Coming into the match, the pair had a 5-5 record in their previous ten matches, but Turnbull, who took out the No.2 seed in the quarter finals, continued her great form to win once more, and advance to the final.

She will now face top seed Chan Sin Yuk in the final on Sunday afternoon, after the Hongkonger overpowered compatriot Cheng Nga Ching to win in straight games. Yuk, who sits inside the world’s top 40, is yet to drop a game in the tournament, and continued that with a 19-minute win over Ching in the semi-finals.

The finals of the Costa North Coast Open will take place on Sunday, August 22, with the winners of the Challenger 10 level competition being crowned at Coffs Harbour Squash & Swim Centre.
Surprise Winners Across Both Draws

Quarter finals day at the Costa North Coast Open was one full of surprises, with four of the eight matches on Friday at Coffs Harbour Squash & Swim Centre going the way of the lower-ranked player.

It is guaranteed that one of the men’s finalists will be an unseeded player, after both Australia’s Rex Hedrick and India’s Abhay Singh secured surprise wins. Hedrick took out top seed Henry Leung, beating the Hongkonger in a four-games battle. The Aussie, who has previously been inside the world’s top 50, went two games in front before seeng Leung fight back to win the third. The fourth game then went deep into a tie-break, with Hedrick winning the all-important 36th point to take it 19-17, and to book his place in the last four.

He will now face India’s Singh in the last four in Coffs Harbour, after the World No.109 got the better of the tournament’s No.4 seed, New Zealand’s Lwamba Chileshe. The Indian found himself behind after three games, but fought back to win both the fourth and fifth to take the victory, and advance to the semis of the Challenger 10 level competition.

The other men’s semi-final will see Switzerland’s Yannick Wilhelmi take on Malaysia’s Addeen Idrakie for a place in Sunday’s final, after the pair got the better of Hong Kong’s Tang Ming Hong and Matthew Lai, respectively, in their last eight contests.

Australia’s Jessica Turnbull caused the biggest upset of the second day in the women’s event, as she defeated England’s Grace Gear to move through to the semi-finals. Gear came into the event as the No.2 seed, but the Aussie was in top form on home soil to win in four games, only losing the third on a tie-break, to set up a clash with compatriot, and No.3 seed, Sarah Cardwell.

The other semi-final in the women’s draw will be an all-Hong Kong battle between top seed Chan Sin Yuk and No.6 seed Cheng Nga Ching. The latter downed No.4 seed Alex Haydon in a five-game battle, coming from behind after losing both of the first two games by an 11-9 scoreline. Meanwhile, Yuk dropped just 11 points in total during her quarter final contest with Switzerland’s Celine Walser.

The semi-finals of the Costa North Coast Open will take place on Saturday, August 20 at the Coffs Harbour Squash & Swim Centre in Australia, where the final four in both draws will do battle to try and make it through to Sunday’s finals.
Wildcard Thomas Downs Chileshe To Advance

Elijah Thomas in action

The opening day of the Costa North Coast Open took place at the Coffs Harbour Squash & Swim Club on Wednesday, and wildcard Elijah Thomas got the better of compatriot Temwa Chileshe in a tough five-game battle to make it through to the last 16.

New Zealand’s Thomas was one of three wildcards for the Challenger 10 level competition on Australian soil, and he took on fellow Kiwi Chileshe on the opening day. He fell behind twice, but came back on both occasions to send the match into a deciding game, before going on to win the fifth 11-8 to secure a first ever win over his compatriot. He will now face Temwa’s older sibling Lwamba in the last 16 on Thursday.

There were two other five-game matches on the opening day, both of which pushed 90 minutes in length. Australian’s Nicholas Calvert delighted the crowd in the opening match on Court 1, as he survived a fifth game tie-break 13-11 to secure victory over Filipino Robert Andrew Garcia. Hong Kong’s Harley Lam also won in five, overcoming New Zealand’s Joel Arscott after 85 minutes of action.

The only other surprise in the day’s play saw Hong Kong’s Chung Yat Long take down Switzerland’s Robin Gadola in four games. The Hongkonger fought from a game down to wi 3-1, including a fourth game 16-14 tie-break score-line.

The second day of the Costa North Coast Open will see the second round of the men’s competition, along with the commencement of the women’s event, with the last 16 in both event’s taking place at Coffs Harbour Squash & Swim Club on Thursday, August 18.

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