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New Zealand Open 2022

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$77,500 Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Open 2022, Trustpower Baypark Arena, Tauranga, New Zealand, PSA World Tour Silver
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New Zealand Open 2022
presented by Robertson Lodges
Men's Draw
08 - 13 Nov
Tauranga, New Zealand, $77k

ROUND TWO
09 Nov
QUARTERS
10-11 Nov
SEMIS
12 Nov
FINAL
13 Nov

[1] Paul Coll (NZL)
11-6, 11-9, 11-3 (42m)
Timothy Brownell (USA)

Paul Coll
11-7, 11-6, 11-9
Adrian Waller
Paul Coll
11-9, 11-8, 11-4 (37m)
Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi
 
Paul Coll
 9-11, 11-8, 11-4, 11-7 (62m)
Mohamed ElShorbagy
Greg Lobban (SCO)
11-8, 6-11, 11-3, 11-7 (43m)
[6] Adrian Waller (ENG)
[7] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT)
11-8, 11-2, 11-6 (27m)
Balazs Farkas (HUN)
Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi
11-5, 11-5, 11-5 (29m)
David Baillargeon
David Baillargeon (CAN)
16-14, 12-10, 16-14 (63m)
[4] Miguel Rodriguez (COL)
[3] Victor Crouin (FRA)
11-2, 11-2, 11-4 (28m)
Henry Leung (HKG)
Victor Crouin
11-2, 11-7, 13-11 (36m)
Andrew Douglas
Victor Crouin
11-9, 11-8, 11-4 (40m)
Mohamed ElShorbagy
Andrew Douglas (FRA)
11-9, 11-4, 11-3 (39m)
[8] Sebastien Bonmalais (FRA)
[5] Saurav Ghosal (IND)
11-7, 11-4, 8-11, 7-11, 11-7 (67m)
Leandro Romiglio (ARG)
Leandro Romiglio
11-4, 11-9, 11-5 (29m)
Mohamed ElShorbagy
Charlie Lee (ENG)
11-7, 11-3, 12-10 (36m)
[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (EGY)

ROUND ONE

[1] Paul Coll (NZL) bye
[9/16] Timothy Brownell (USA) bt Christopher Gordon (USA) 11-6, 8-11, 11-3, 11-3 (41m)
[9/16] Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Rex Hedrick (AUS) 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 (45m)
[6] Adrian Waller (ENG) bye
[7] Abdulla Al-Tamimi (QAT) bye
[9/16] Balázs Farkas (HUN) v Syed Azlan Amjad (QAT)
[9/16] David Baillargeon (CAN) v [WC] Lwamba Chileshe (NZL)
[4] Miguel Rodriguez (COL) bye
[3] Victor Crouin (FRA) bye
[9/16] Henry Leung (HKG) bt Spencer Lovejoy (USA) 5-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-6 (43m)
Andrew Douglas (USA) bt [9/16] Tsz Kwan Lau (HKG) 11-4, 12-10, 11-8 (33m)
[8] Sébastien Bonmalais (FRA) bye
[5] Saurav Ghosal (IND) bye
[9/16] Leandro Romiglio (ARG) bt Martin Svec (CZE) 11-7, 14-12, 11-6 (35m)
[9/16] Charlie Lee (ENG) bt Addeen Idrakie (MAS) 11-3, 11-3, 11-3 (28m)
[2] Mohamed ElShorbagy (ENG) bye

 New Zealand Open 2022
presented by Barfoot & Thompson
Women's Draw
08 - 13 Nov
Tauranga, New Zealand, $77k

ROUND TWO
09-10 Nov
QUARTERS
11 Nov
SEMIS
12 Nov
FINAL
13 Nov
[1] Joelle King (NZL)
11-3, 11-9, 11-6 (28m)
Jessica Turnbull (AUS)
Joelle King
11-2, 11-6, 11-6 (29m)
 Sabrina Sobhy

Joelle King
 8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-3 (52m)
Tinne Gilis

Joelle King
11-4, 11-6, 11-5 (37m)
Tesni Evans
[8] Sabrina Sobhy (USA)
8-11, 13-15, 11-2, 11-8, 11-7 (49m)
[9/16] Ka Yi Lee (HKG)
[5] Tinne Gilis (BEL)
11-5, 12-10, 11-5 (23m)
[9/16] Olivia Clyne (USA)
Tinne Gilis
12-10, 6-11, 11-5, 11-9 (58m)
Satomi Watanabe
[9/16] Satomi Watanabe (JPN)
11-4, 9-11, 12-10, 11-9 (48m)
[3] Salma Hany (EGY)
[4] Nele Gilis (BEL)
11-6, 11-3, 11-7 (27m)
[9/16] Tsz-Wing Tong (HKG)
Nele Gilis
11-3, 14-12, 11-7 (42m)
Hollie Naughton
Nele Gilis
11-6, 11-5, 11-4 (36m)
Tesni Evans
[7] Hollie Naughton (CAN)
11-9, 8-11, 11-6, 11-4 (37m)
Malak Khafagy (EGY)
[6] Tesni Evans (WAL)
11-2, 11-2, 11-5 (28m)
[WC] Kaitlyn Watts (NZL)
Tesni Evans
11-9, 14-12, 7-11, 11-5 (59m)
Sarah-Jane Perry
[9/16] Tomato Ho (HKG)
11-9, 11-5, 11-6 (27m)
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG)

ROUND ONE

[1] Joelle King (NZL) bye
Jessica Turnbull (AUS) bt [9/16] Salma Eltayeb (EGY) 2-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-8 (33m)
[9/16] Ka Yi Lee (HKG) bt Rana Ismail (EGY) 11-4, 11-7, 10-12, 11-9 (33m)
[8] Sabrina Sobhy (USA) bye
[5] Tinne Gilis (BEL) bye
[9/16] Olivia Clyne (USA) v Sarah Cardwell (AUS)
[9/16] Satomi Watanabe (JPN) v Nadia Pfister (SUI)
[3] Salma Hany (EGY) bye
[4] Nele Gilis (BEL) bye
[9/16] Tsz-Wing Tong (HKG) bt Alicia Mead (ENG) 11-7, 11-4, 11-8 (29m)
Malak Khafagy (EGY) bt [9/16] Jasmine Hutton (ENG) 9-11, 11-3, 10-12, 14-12, 16-14 (70m)
[7] Hollie Naughton (CAN) bye
[6] Tesni Evans (WAL) bye
[WC] Kaitlyn Watts (NZL) bt [9/16] Lisa Aitken (SCO) w/o
[9/16] Tomato Ho (HKG) bt Saskia Beinhard (GER) 11-6, 11-4, 11-4 (25m)
[2] Sarah-Jane Perry (ENG) bye
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Finals

King and ElShorbagy Lift New Zealand Open Titles



Top seed Joelle King and No.2 seed Mohamed ElShorbagy are the 2022 New Zealand Open champions after they beat No.6 seed Tesni Evans and men’s No.1 seed Paul Coll earlier today at the Trustpower Baypark Arena in Tauranga.

World No.5 King has captured the 15th PSA title of her career - and her first on home soil since 2008 - after a dominant 11-4, 11-6, 11-5 victory over World No.14 Evans saw her capture the women’s PSA World Tour Silver title.

It’s King’s first PSA title since April’s Manchester Open and her first of the 2022-23 season. King becomes the first women’s New Zealand Open champion since 2009 and the first Kiwi to take the title since the legendary four-time World Champion Dame Susan Devoy in 1993.



“We get asked a lot, what’s your favourite tournament to play, and I haven’t had the chance to say New Zealand because we haven’t had a tournament for so long, but it’s 100 per cent playing here at home,” said King afterwards.

“I’ve been sort of nervous during the day all week, but once I arrive and I see the court and I see everyone here who I know and they’re supporting me, it just kind of goes away as soon as I step on the court. It hasn’t kind of sunk in yet. Obviously, a bit later on I’ll be able to enjoy it.



“I’m super pleased with how I’ve played all week.”

In the men’s event, World No.4 ElShorbagy won the 47th PSA title of his career as he came back from a game behind to end Coll’s hopes of lifting the trophy in front of his home crowd.

Greymouth-born Coll made a fabulous start to the match as he fed on the energy from the crowd to sneak the opening game, but a fired-up ElShorbagy came out all guns blazing in the second game. The Englishman won the next three games without reply to become the first men’s New Zealand Open champion since Paul Steel in 1993.

ElShorbagy’s victory also sees him become the youngest man ever to reach 500 PSA wins at the age of 31 years and 10 months, while he is only the third man to achieve that milestone after his coach Gregory Gaultier (587) and Nick Matthew (518).

“Paul is a great rival and we’ve had amazing matches over the years,” said ElShorbagy.

“When it comes to rivals, you don’t win every time and you don’t lose every time, we’re going to play probably next week and the week after, he’s probably going to get another win over me and I’ll get another win over him, that’s how it is between rivals.

“Both families [Coll’s and King’s], you have raised two great human beings. We love having them on the tour.”

The next stop on the PSA World Tour will be the MARIGOLD Singapore Squash Open, which takes place between November 15-20.
 
Semi Finals Top Half

Evans to Face Top Seed King in New Zealand Open Final

Welsh World No.14 Tesni Evans has reached her first PSA final in over three years after she upset No.3 seed Nele Gilis earlier today at the Trustpower Baypark Arena in Tauranga to set up a mouthwatering final clash with top seed Joelle King at the New Zealand Open.

Gilis, who is ranked a place above Evans in the PSA World Rankings, was in red-hot form in the opening game as she displayed a clinical edge to put Evans to the sword.

However, the remaining three games were a masterclass from Evans as the 30-year-old controlled the match and made very few errors en route to an 8-11, 11-4, 11-5, 11-3 victory in 52 minutes. Evans will now compete in her first final since the Manchester Open in May, 2019, where she also played King in the final, losing in straight games. A win for Evans would see her lift her second PSA title and her first since 2015.



“I was thinking this morning when I was coming down to practice, the last time I was in a final was in Manchester, which is sort of home for me and how cool it would be to replicate that and play in her [Joelle King] home now,” said Evans after reaching the eighth PSA final of her career.

“She absolutely thrashed me that day. I’m hoping for something a bit better tomorrow, but I know it’ll be a great final and honestly it’s an honour to share a final with her in New Zealand.

“I think it’ll be pretty special.”

Meanwhile, King will appear in the title decider in front of her home fans after she overcame Gilis’s younger sister, Tinne, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4 in 36 minutes.

King will now feature in her 28th PSA final - her first on home soil in a decade - and the World No.5 will look to claim her 15th PSA title when she takes on Evans, an opponent she has beaten in four of the seven matches the pair have played.



“Who knows how many more times I’ll get to play at home?” said King.

“I just want to make the most of it and be here at the end of the week. This is where I grew up. Everyone loves a party here, they love and appreciate good sport, but they come to have a good time and that’s always how I’ve kind of approached squash.”

The men’s final will see another Kiwi favourite - No.1 seed Paul Coll - lock horns with No.2 seed Mohamed ElShorbagy in a repeat of last week’s Carrus Nations Cup final, which ElShorbagy won to bring home the title for England.

Greymouth-born Coll, the World No.2, overcame Qatar’s No.7 seed Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi by an 11-9, 11-8, 11-4 scoreline. That win sees Coll avenge his shock defeat to the World No.28 in the second round of September’s QTerminals Qatar Classic and he will now appear in his 35th PSA final, and his first in New Zealand for six years.



“There are so many people [in the crowd] that have helped my career from a junior, when I was pretty average, until now.

“Coaches, friends, competitors, family, definitely everyone in the crowd [that’s been involved] at a stage in my career this week, it is a bit of a celebration with them for me, we’ve achieved a lot in the last 12 months. To be home and to be able to celebrate with them, it’s pretty special. I’m enjoying the week just for that reason.”

World No.4 Mohamed ElShorbagy has reached his 75th PSA final after defeating Frenchman Victor Crouin 11-9, 11-8, 11-4. That means ElShorbagy will go joint-fifth with England’s Nick Matthew on the list of all-time men’s PSA final appearances.

ElShorbagy - who is aiming to capture his 47th PSA title - will be the youngest man to reach 500 wins on the PSA Tour if he gets the better of Coll in the final. It will be their 17th meeting on the PSA Tour, with ElShorbagy winning 11 of them so far, including their most recent match in the U.S. Open quarter-finals last month.



“He [Coll] has done amazingly playing us in our home countries all these years,” said ElShorbagy.

“Tomorrow, for me, it’s just going to be another Silver final. He definitely has more than me to lose tomorrow, but I do think that we are the final that everyone wanted to see, and I hope that we give a good final for everyone tomorrow.”

The finals of the New Zealand Open take place tomorrow (November 13). Play begins at 14:00 (GMT+13) and all of the action will be shown live on  SQUASHTV.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok.
 
Semi Finals Bottom Half

Evans Takes Out No.2 Seed Perry to Reach New Zealand Open Semis

Welsh World No.14 Tesni Evans made it back-to-back wins over World No.8 Sarah-Jane Perry earlier today as she sent the No.2 seed out of the quarter-finals of the women’s Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Open taking place at Tauranga’s Trustpower Baypark Arena.

Evans had beaten Perry over a best-of-three games scoring format at the Grasshopper Cup last month, but hadn’t defeated the Englishwoman over a best-of-five format since May 2019.

However, the 30-year-old, who beat wildcard Kaitlyn Watts in the previous round, produced a superb performance to nullify Perry, running out an 11-9, 14-12, 7-11, 11-5 winner after 59 minutes. She will face Belgium’s Nele Gilis next.



“I'm really looking forward to that,” said Evans afterwards.

“It's going to be very tough, she’s in very good form. She played great last week and great this week already. I played her in Nantes in September, so at least I've played her pretty recently, but it's going to be very tough. It's a completely different game style to today, but I'm well up for it and I'm going to give everything I've got for tomorrow.”

Gilis will take on Evans for a place in the final of the PSA World Tour Silver event after she defeated Canada’s Hollie Naughton 11-3, 14-12, 11-7 in 42 minutes.



“I’m basically playing in front of my home crowd because Paul’s [Coll, Gilis’s partner] entire family is here and I love them as much as I do my own,” Gilis said.

“It kind of added an extra pressure and I was actually very nervous at the start. It means a lot to me to play in front of them. I spend most of my day with them, just hanging around them, and I feel the love and it really helps my game on court. I just feel so relaxed and happy at the moment with them around.”

In the men’s Robertson Lodges New Zealand Open, World No.4 Mohamed ElShorbagy booked his spot in the last four for a third successive PSA event after he dispatched training partner Leandro Romiglio.

Romiglio, the Argentinian No.1, was coming off the back of a superb win over No.5 seed Saurav Ghosal in the previous round and more than played his part in an entertaining match, which went the way of Englishman by an 11-4, 11-9, 11-5 margin.



“It can be a good thing or a bad thing [playing a training partner] because a lot of the players, when you play them for the first time on tour, I would have enough experience to know how to play them because of the stage, but it’s the first time he’s on a really big stage on the PSA World Tour,” ElShorbagy explained.

“I'm super happy for him. He's one of the nicest guys I've met and I'm really happy to see him having a big win and playing that big stage. Hopefully that'll inspire more Argentinian players to come through the rankings at some point. He's leading the way for them right now.”

ElShorbagy will lock horns with World No.10 Victor Crouin in the next round in what will be a repeat of the Qatar Classic final, which ElShorbagy won to take the first Platinum title of the season.

Crouin went up against USA’s Andrew Douglas in his semi-final fixture and, while he took the first two games in comfortable style, he was up against it in the third as some attacking play from Douglas saw him break the Frenchman’s rhythm.

However, Crouin was able to recover to wrap up an 11-2, 11-7, 13-11 victory to reach his fifth semi-final of the season.



“I’m very happy, though it’s quite late, I’m usually already in bed by 9pm,” said Crouin.

“I’m going to go back and get a good night’s sleep, then tomorrow I will do some video analysis. We [Crouin and ElShorbagy] have played a few times, but I’ve watched him thousands of times on SQUASHTV. I need to remind myself of my strengths instead of playing on his weaknesses because he doesn’t have many of them.”

The semi-finals of the New Zealand Open take place tomorrow (November 12). Play begins at 18:00 (GMT+13) and all of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok.
 
Quarter FInals

Top Seeds Coll and King Progress to New Zealand Open Semis

Top seeds and home favourites Paul Coll and Joelle King have progressed to the semi-finals of the New Zealand Open, PSA World Tour Silver event after they beat England’s Adrian Waller and USA’s Sabrina Sobhy earlier today at the Trustpower Baypark Arena in Tauranga.

Coll, the World No.2 from Greymouth, recorded an 11-7, 11-6, 11-9 victory over World No.31 Waller to send the home crowds into raptures. His opponent in the men's Robertson Lodges New Zealand Open semi-finals will be Qatar’s No.7 seed Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi.

The Kiwi will be out for revenge after falling to a shock second round defeat to Al Tamimi during September’s QTerminals Qatar Classic.



“I wanted to go out there and sort of get my game face on, and I felt good out there mentally,” Coll explained afterwards.

“It was good finding my targets a bit earlier tonight. The atmosphere is crazy, so I’m loving every second out there and I’ve obviously got a rest day tomorrow. I might hit some golf balls and then come out Saturday looking good.

“I just want to build on that performance and work for the semis. There’s more family coming tomorrow, so it’s great to see, I haven’t seen some of these guys in 10 years. We were just speaking before about how long it’s been, and I can’t remember the last time I saw them, so it was really cool to see them. I’ll try and put on a good performance for them.”

Al Tamimi got the better of Canada’s David Baillargeon. Baillargeon, the World No.69 scored a huge upset against former British Open champion Miguel Rodriguez in the previous round, but Al Tamimi’s racket skills and speed around court were key as he claimed an 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 victory.



“I'm moving well, hitting the ball well, I got my tactics right before each match and I'm happy to keep my focus throughout the whole match,” said Al Tamimi, who will appear in his first PSA Silver semi-final.

“I'm looking forward to playing Paul Coll here in New Zealand in his hometown. I think it's going to be a good match and I’m going to enjoy my rest day tomorrow and get ready for after tomorrow. Since I'm young, I really like to play when there's a crowd and it shows in both matches that I'm focused.”

In the women’s Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Open, World No.5 King made short work of her opponent - World No.18 Sabrina Sobhy - as she stormed to an 11-2, 11-6, 11-6 win in just 29 minutes.



“It’s funny, I turned on SQUASHTV and I saw there was such a huge amount of people,” said King.

“I decided to come a bit early and just get a feel for how many people are actually in here and sort of let myself settle down a little bit. So I think that that was good to do. I can’t wait to get back out there on Saturday.”

Belgium’s Tinne Gilis will be King’s semi-final opponent after she overcame Japan’s Satomi Watanabe in an entertaining four-game battle.

After conceding the opening game on a tie-break, Watanabe came back strongly to level up in the second, despite requiring an injury break after Gilis hit her wrist in the final point of the game. However, Gilis rediscovered her consistency to take the third, before coming back from 7-0 down to earn victory in the fourth game too.



“Satomi has been playing unreal squash the last couple of tournaments, so I knew I had to be there and stay focused throughout the whole match because she was just firing it in as soon as she got the opportunity,” Gilis said

“She beat the World No.10 [Salma Hany] yesterday. I think the game she won, she literally outplayed me. I didn’t really know what to do. As soon as I gave her something on her racket, like she was just firing it in, so I had to change my game plan and make sure everything was deep enough and just to get her out of the middle.”

The quarter-finals of the New Zealand Open continue tomorrow (November 11). Play begins at 18:00 (GMT+13) and all of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok.
 
Round 2

Watanabe and Baillargeon Score Upsets in Round Two of New Zealand Open

Japan’s World No.48 Satomi Watanabe claimed the biggest win of her career earlier today in Tauranga as she sent No.3 seed and World No.10 Salma Hany crashing out of the Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Open in the second round stage.

It was just yesterday in her post-match interview that Watanabe said she had fallen just short of beating the top 20 players recently, but the 23-year-old claimed a statement win over Hany today, completing an 11-4, 9-11, 12-10, 11-9 victory to beat her first top 10 player.



“I still can’t believe that I’ve just done that,” said Watanabe afterwards.

“I’m just really happy with my performance today. At the end, I was just trying to play the longest rally I could ever play because when I tried to win the points, I usually made mistakes. Next, I need the consistency of winning at this level.

“I’m really happy with my result today, but I don’t want to be overly happy about it. I want to keep training and focus on the next match.”

Watanabe - who is the only unseeded player to reach the last eight of the women’s draw, will now appear in the quarter-finals of a PSA World Tour Silver event for the first time and will take on No.5 seed Tinne Gilis after the Belgian dispatched USA’s Olivia Clyne in straight games.

Top seed and World No.5 Joelle King got her tournament off to a winning start as she got the better of Australia’s Jessica Turnbull, winning 11-3, 11-9, 11-6 in 28 minutes to set up a last eight meeting with USA’s Sabrina Sobhy. Sobhy came back from two games down to avoid an upset against Hong Kong’s Ka Yi Lee.



“There are so many people in here that follow myself and Paul [Coll] very closely,” said King, discussing the home support at Trustpower Baypark Arena.

“We’re a very proud nation, and to see faces that only get to see us online, you don’t get a true sense of how fast and athletic the players are until you see it in real life. I’ve been really impressed, I’ve seen lots of juniors and schools here too, when they see it they can hopefully aspire to be like the players here.”

In the men’s Robertson Lodges New Zealand Open, Canada’s World No.69 David Baillargeon claimed the biggest win of his career as he overcame World No.13 and No.4 seed Miguel Rodriguez.

It was a sublime performance from Baillargeon, who was able to showcase his fighting spirit as well as his skills with the racket, overturning four games balls in the first and third games to complete the win in straight games, winning 16-14, 12-10, 16-14.



“I trained super hard for that over the years,” said Baillargeon.

“Especially this year, it hasn’t gone my way at at the beginning of this season, but I’m so happy I got a huge win like this. The win was 3-0, but I think it was close to 65 minutes, it was a super long with a few tie-breaks.”

Over at the Devoy Squash & Fitness Centre, which hosted some of the fixtures today and yesterday, Argentina’s Leandro Romiglio caused a big upset against No.5 seed Saurav Ghosal, winning 11-7, 11-4, 8-11, 7-11, 11-7 to set up a last eight fixture against No.2 seed Mohamed ElShorbagy.



“I knew from that the beginning it would be tough, Saurav is so talented, a legend of the game,” Romiglio said.

“It is going be tough with ‘The Beast’ [ElShorbagy]. We have been training in Prague a bit since he has been training with Greg [Gaultier]. We have been hitting a lot and we all know that Mohamed is Mohamed, so I look forward to spending time with him on court and I am going to go for the win, why not?”

ElShorbagy got the better of fellow Englishman Charlie Lee, while top seed Paul Coll overcame USA’s Timothy Brownell, also in straight games.

The New Zealand Open moves into the quarter-final stage tomorrow (November 10). All of the action will be shown live on SQUASHTV.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok.
 
Round 1

Baillargeon Beats Home Player Chileshe as New Zealand Open Begins

David Baillargeon takes on Lwamba Chileshe during the New Zealand Open

Canada’s David Baillargeon ended the hopes of home player Lwamba Chileshe as the men’s Robertson Lodges New Zealand Open and the women’s Barfoot & Thompson New Zealand Open got under way today at Tauranga’s Trustpower Baypark Arena.

Men’s World No.97 Chileshe was the only Kiwi in action today - his compatriot Kaitlyn Watts received a walkover due to an injury to Scotland’s Lisa Aitken - but fell victim to a clinical performance from World No.69 Baillargeon, who completed an 11-7, 11-4, 8-11, 11-1 victory to reach the second round of a PSA World Tour Silver event for the first time.

“I took my foot off the pedal in the third,” said Baillargeon, who will take on No.4 seed Miguel Rodriguez in the next round.

“I was up 4-1 or 4-2 and then I relaxed and he got the lead and kept it until the end. You can’t do that at this level, I’ve got to learn from that.

“I’m looking forward to playing Miguel, I’ll do a cool down and stretch tonight, then I’ll be back at it tomorrow. It will be the first time I’ve played him and it should be a good battle. It’s going to be my sixth match in seven days on this court. I like it, sometimes it goes my way, sometimes it doesn’t, so hopefully it will go my way tomorrow.”

Elsewhere, Scotland’s Greg Lobban has also booked his spot in the last 16 courtesy of an 11-6, 11-7, 11-6 victory over World No.81 Rex Hedrick, who was playing his first PSA event outside of his native Australia since September 2019.

Lobban will now face World No.31 Adrian Waller, just two weeks after beating the Englishman in the semi-finals of the City Tattersalls Club Australian Open.

“Rex is a great player,” said Lobban.



“He’s a former top 50 and you know you have to beat Rex, he is never going to beat himself. You know what standard he is going to bring, and I needed to make sure I was up for that match because I know he has been getting into the habit of winning these Challenger 5s and 10s in Australia and New Zealand. He is a hard man to beat and I am glad to get through today.”

There were also wins for the likes of USA’s Timothy Brownell - who beat fellow American Christopher Gordon to set up a second round clash with home favourite and top seed Paul Coll - and England’s Charlie Lee, who dispatched Malaysia’s Addeen Idrakie to ensure he will compete with No.2 seed Mohamed ElShorbagy in the next round.

In the women’s event, 18-year-old Egyptian Malak Khafagy scored the biggest upset of the day as she conjured up a surprise victory over England’s World No.26 Jasmine Hutton over at the Devoy Squash & Fitness Centre, which is hosting some of the matches across the first two days of the event.

At 70 minutes, the match was the longest fixture of day one and went deep into a fifth-game tie-break. Both women saved multiple match balls, and it was World No.93 Khafagy who held her nerve to claim the biggest win of her career.



“I was so nervous, I didn’t imagine I could win but I am so happy to get the win,” Khafagy said.

“I have had a tough time with tie-breaks and being 10-8 up, it is my fear. I am so glad I won the last game. She is so good… I am so over the moon right now. I don’t know what to say, I was shaking after the match, I am so happy.”

Khafagy will go up against No.7 seed Hollie Naughton for a place in the quarter-finals. Back at the Trustpower Arena, Australia’s Jessica Turnbull earned a second round berth after coming back from a game down to beat 9/16 seed Salma Eltayeb.

Turnbull’s reward is a fixture against top seed and World No.5 Joelle King. The pair met in the Nations Cup last week, and Turnbull is looking forward to testing herself against the crowd favourite once again.

“Playing Joelle last week was a great experience, she’s a world-class player and I love the way she plays,” Turnbull said.



“She’s another tall girl, so it’s lovely to see and learn from someone like her. Unfortunately, I didn’t pick up too much that would help me beat her, but I’m so excited to get on court with her again and to make the second round of my first ever Silver event.”

The New Zealand Open continues tomorrow (November 9) as the second round begins. Action from the glass court at the Trustpower Arena will be shown live on SQUASHTV.

For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected Challenger Tour Events will also be shown live on SQUASHTV.
 
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For more information on the event, Where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected Challenger Tour Events will also be shown live on SQUASHTV.
 

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