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NSW Open 2022 - Alto Group Pennant Hills

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$3,000 Alto Group Pennant Hills NSW Open 2022, Thornleigh Squash & Fitness Centre, Sydney, Australia, PSA Challenger Tour 3
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NSW Open 2022
Men's Draw
25 - 28 Aug
Sydney, Australia, $3k

Final:
[3] Abhay Singh (IND) bt [2] Robin Gadola (SUI) 15-13, 11-9, 1-11, 11-8 (55m)

Semi-finals:
[3] Abhay Singh (IND) bt [1] Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI) 2-11, 11-7, 11-9, 6-11, 11-7 (61m)
[2] Robin Gadola (SUI) bt [5] Rhys Dowling (AUS) 12-10, 8-11, 11-8, 11-5 (48m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI) bt [7] Matthew Lai (HKG) 11-3, 11-9, 11-7 (29m)
[3] Abhay Singh (IND) bt [8] Chung Yat Long (HKG) 11-7, 11-2, 11-6 (18m)
[5] Rhys Dowling (AUS) bt [4] Robert Andrew Garcia (PHI) 12-10, 11-5, 6-11, 11-8 (42m)
[2] Robin Gadola (SUI) bt [6] Harley Lam (HKG) 13-11, 11-3, 11-7 (30m)

1st round:
[1] Yannick Wilhelmi (SUI) bt Damon MacMillan (AUS) 11-7, 10-12, 11-5, 4-11, 11-7
[7] Matthew Lai (HKG) bt [WC] Rohan Toole (AUS) 11-2, 11-8, 11-6
[8] Chung Yat Long (HKG) bt Wailok To (HKG) 11-9, 4-11, 11-3, 9-11, 11-1
[3] Abhay Singh (IND) bt Joel Arscott (NZL) 11-6, 11-9, 11-7
[4] Robert Andrew Garcia (PHI) bt Amir Amirul (MAS) 11-7, 4-11, 11-5, 11-5
[5] Rhys Dowling (AUS) bt Manu Paquemar (FRA) 13-11, 11-3, 11-6
[6] Harley Lam (HKG) bt James Lloyd (AUS) 11-8, 11-3, 11-6
[2] Robin Gadola (SUI) bt Nicholas Calvert (AUS) 11-6, 11-7, 11-3

NSW Open 2022
Women's Draw
25 - 28 Aug
Sydney, Australia, $3k

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Final:
[2] Yee Xin Ying (MAS) bt [1] Cheng Nga Ching (HKG) 11-7, 14-16, 9-11, 11-6, 11-3 (44m)

Semi-finals:
[2] Yee Xin Ying (MAS) bt [3] Aira Azman (MAS) 5-11, 7-11, 11-8, 12-10, 11-4 (35m)
[1] Cheng Nga Ching (HKG) bt [4] Celine Walser (SUI) 7-11, 6-11, 11-8, 11-4, 12-10 (43m)

Quarter-finals:
[2] Yee Xin Ying (MAS) bt [7] Ching Hei Fung (HKG) 5-11, 11-6, 11-5, 7-11, 11-7 (44m)
[3] Aira Azman (MAS) bt [5] Akari Midorikawa (JPN) 11-9, 13-11, 11-7 (27m)
[4] Celine Walser (SUI) bt [8] Urwashi Joshi (IND) 11-3, 11-9, 11-6 (17m)
[1] Cheng Nga Ching (HKG) bt [6] Sehveetrraa Kumar (MAS) 9-11, 13-11, 11-8, 11-4 (37m)

1st round:
[2] Yee Xin Ying (MAS) bye
[7] Ching Hei Fung (HKG) v [WC] Maggie Goodman (AUS)
[5] Akari Midorikawa (JPN) v Riffat Khan (PAK)
[3] Aira Azman (MAS) v Noor Ul Huda (PAK)
[4] Celine Walser (SUI) v Jennifer Condie (AUS)
[8] Urwashi Joshi (IND) v Sze Yu Lee (AUS)
[6] Sehveetrraa Kumar (MAS) v Aiman Shahbaz (PAK)
[1] Cheng Nga Ching (HKG) bye

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Singh and Ying Victorious In Sydney

Yee Xin Ying with the NSW Squash Open trophy
Yee Xin Ying with the NSW Squash Open trophy

The Alto Group Pennant Hills NSW Squash Open came to its conclusion on Sunday at the Thornleigh Squash Centre in Sydney, Australia, with Indiaís Abhay Singh and Malaysian Yee Xin Ying taking home the Challenger 3 level titles.

The young Malaysian, who remains a junior until November, received a bye through the opening round in Sydney, before then going to five games in her quarter final contest against Hong Kongís Ching Hei Fung, dealing with a comeback from the tournamentís No.7 seed to advance.

She then had to come from two games down to defeat compatriot and No.3 seed Aira Azman in the semi-finals. Azman held a two-game lead after some decent squash in the opening exchanges, but Ying fought back, with a tie-break victory in the fourth being crucial en route to the completion of her comeback. That 12-10 win in kept the momentum in her favour, and she went on to win the fifth 11-4 to book a spot in the final.

The final saw the young Malaysian take on Hong Kongís Cheng Nga Ching, the tournamentís top seed, for the crown. She won the first, but saw Ching take the second after a lengthy ie-break, 16-14. Ying then found herself behind after three games, but regrouped to fight back, dropping just nine points across the final two games of the competition, to win in five and claim her maiden title on Tour.

In the menís draw, Indiaís Abhay Singh started the week as the No.3 seed, and he dispatched New Zealandís Joel Arscott in the opening round, before then also getting the better of No.8 seed Chung Yat Long in straight games to advance to the semi-finals of the event.

In the last four, he took on the tournamentís top seed, Switzerlandís Yannick Wilhelmi, and went behind early after a fast start from the Swiss star. The pair were level after four games, but it was Singh that was able to up his game in the deciding game to advance through to another final in 2022.

The final saw the Indian take on another man from Switzerland, in the form of No.2 seed Robin Gadola. Singh took the first game 15-13, and that was crucial for the contest, as he then also won a tight second game. Gadola fought back to win the third, but it did not fluster Singh, who regrouped to take the fourth, and with it, claim his third title of the year.


Abhay Singh with the trophy at the NSW Open
Abhay Singh with the trophy at the NSW Open
 
Seeds All Through Opening Dayís Play

The opening day of the Alto Group Pennant Hills NSW Squash Open took place at the Thornleigh Squash Centre in Sydney, Australia on Thursday afternoon, with all of the top seeds making their way into the quarter finals of the competition.

14 matches were played on the opening day of the Challenger 3 level tournament, which features both a menís and womenís draw, with the top two womenís seeds receiving byes through the opening dayís action.

The six womenís matches that took place on the opening day were all won in straight games by the seeded players. No.3 seed Aira Azman, who is actually the highest-ranked player in the tournament following her maiden win on Tour last month, came through her first match of the tournament against Pakistanís Nour ul Huda with ease, dropping just six points in an 11-1, 11-2, 11-3 victory.

Elsewhere, there were comfortable wins for Azmanís compatriot Sehveetrraa Kumar, No.4 seed Celine Walser, Japanís Akari Midorikawa, Indiaís Urwashi Joshi and Hong Kongís No.7 seed Ching Hei Fung.

The menís first round saw some closer fixtures, with top seed Yannick Wilhelmi being pushed all the way to five in his opening day clash with Australiaís Damon MacMillan. Wilhelmi took the lead on two occasions only to see the Aussie fight back to level the match. However, he was able to come through in the end, winning the deciding game 11-7 to book his place in the last eight.

Hong Kongís Chung Yat Long, the No.8 seed for the menís competition, also had to go the distance in his first round contest, as he defeated compatriot Wailok To in a fifth game. Filipino No.1 Robert Andrew Garcia was the only other member of the top eight seeds to drop a game on Thursday, in a four-game win over Malaysiaís Amir Amirul.

The quarter finals of the Alto Group Pennant Hills NSW Squash Open will take place on Friday, August 26, with the top eight seeds in both draws going head-to-head for places in the semi-finals of the Challenger 3 level tournament in Sydney, Australia.

For more information on the event, visit the tournament website or follow PSA Events on Twitter or Facebook, InstagramYouTube, TikTok and SQUASHTV.