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City of Greater Bendigo International 2023

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$3,000 City of Greater Bendigo International 2023, Bendigo Squash Centre, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia, PSA Challenger Tour 5
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 City of Greater Bendigo International 2023
Men's Draw
29 Jun - 2 Jul
Victoria, Australia, $3k

Final:
[1] Rowan Damming (NED) bt Dylan Molinaro (AUS) 11-6, 11-9, 11-7 (28m)

Semi-finals:
[1] Rowan Damming (NED) bt [4] Bryan Lim Tze Kang (MAS) 7-11, 12-10, 11-8, 1-0 ret. (40m)
Dylan Molinaro (AUS) bt [3] Nicholas Calvert (AUS) 11-9, 11-6, 10-12, 11-8 (53m)

Quarter-finals:
[1] Rowan Damming (NED) bt [7] Brice Nicolas (FRA) 11-7, 10-12, 11-3, 5-11, 11-8 (75m)
[4] Bryan Lim Tze Kang (MAS) bt [8] Amir Amirul (MAS) 11-3, 11-3, 11-4 (26m)
[3] Nicholas Calvert (AUS) bt [6] Theis Houlberg (DEN) 11-9, 8-11, 11-7, 11-5 (57m)
Dylan Molinaro (AUS) bt James Lloyd (AUS) 12-10, 11-8, 11-7 (31m)

1st round:
[1] Rowan Damming (NED) bt Baptiste Bouin (FRA) 5-11, 12-10, 11-4, 11-8 (54m)
[7] Brice Nicolas (FRA) bt [WC] Connor Hayes (AUS) 11-7, 11-7, 11-4 (25m)
[8] Amir Amirul (MAS) bt Mohamed Gohar (EGY) 7-11, 12-10, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7 (55m)
[4] Bryan Lim Tze Kang (MAS) bt Benjamin Ratcliffe (AUS) 11-9, 11-4, 11-3 (30m)
[3] Nicholas Calvert (AUS) bt Shota Yasunari (JPN) 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 (35m)
[6] Theis Houlberg (DEN) bt Asif Mehmood (PAK) w/o
James Lloyd (AUS) bt [5] Hafiz Zhafri (MAS) 11-8, 11-3, 11-8 (33m)
Dylan Molinaro (AUS) bt [2] Ravindu Laksiri (SRI) 3-11, 11-9, 8-11, 11-3, 11-6 (51m)

 City of Greater Bendigo International 2023
Women's Draw
29 Jun - 2 Jul
Victoria, Australia, $3k

Final:
Dong Ju Song (KOR) bt [8] Yura Choe (KOR) 11-8, 11-9, 14-12 (30m)

Semi-finals:
[8] Yura Choe (KOR) bt [5] Mingyeong Heo (KOR) 11-7, 6-11, 11-7, 11-7 (35m)
Dong Ju Song (KOR) bt [6] Colette Sultana (MLT) 11-4, 8-11, 5-11, 11-6, 11-7 (36m)

Quarter-finals:
[5] Mingyeong Heo (KOR) bt [1] Urwashi Joshi (IND) 11-9, 11-7, 11-8 (20m)
[8] Yura Choe (KOR) bt [3] Noor Ul Huda (PAK) w/o
Dong Ju Song (KOR) bt Riffat Khan (PAK) 11-4, 11-3, 11-4 (15m)
[6] Colette Sultana (MLT) bt [2] Sophie Fadaely (AUS) 11-9, 11-7, 2-1 ret. (16m)

1st round:
[1] Urwashi Joshi (IND) bt Jennifer Condie (AUS) 11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (17m)
[5] Mingyeong Heo (KOR) bt Liu Kwai Chi (MAC) 11-3, 11-8, 11-7 (16m)
[8] Yura Choe (KOR) bt Pascale Louka (AUS) 11-6, 11-6, 11-6 (18m)
[3] Noor Ul Huda (PAK) bt [WC] Shona Coxsedge (AUS) 11-5, 11-5, 11-6 (15m)
Dong Ju Song (KOR) bt [4] Erin Classen (AUS) 11-5, 11-8, 11-0 (22m)
Riffat Khan (PAK) bt [7] Aiman Shahbaz (PAK) 11-3, 11-9, 11-6 (16m)
[6] Colette Sultana (MLT) bt Sze Yu Lee (AUS) 12-14, 11-5, 11-4, 11-5 (24m)
[2] Sophie Fadaely (AUS) bt Amelie Guziak (AUS) 11-4, 11-8, 11-1 (16m)
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Final

Damming & Dong Capture Bendigo International Titles

The 2023 City of Greater Bendigo International, PSA Challenger 3 titles have gone the way of Dutchman Rowan Damming and South Korea’s Dong Ju Song following their wins over World No.273 Dylan Molinaro and World No.198 Yura Choe, respectively, at the Bendigo Squash Centre.

18-year-old Damming, the reigning men’s World Junior Champion, has now made it eight matches unbeaten on the PSA Challenger Tour and has now won back-to-back tournaments following an 11-6, 11-9, 11-7 win over Molinaro after 28 minutes.

Damming had been tested en route to the final – notably battling to a 3-2 victory over No.7 seed Brice Nicolas in the quarter-finals – but was red hot in the title decider to pick up his third PSA Challenger title.

Meanwhile, the unseeded Dong has become the first Korean winner of a PSA Tour title for nine years after she overcame compatriot Choe by an 11-8, 11-9, 14-12 scoreline after 30 minutes of play.

It’s the World No.280’s first PSA title in just her fourth event.
Preview

The City of Greater Bendigo International returns for its 7th edition this week, as the Australian swing on the Challenger Tour continues.

The tournament first took place in 2015, and in last year’s edition, Malaysia’s Bryan Lim Tze Kang and Japan’s Akari Midorikawa took the titles. The Bendigo Squash Centre will play host once again, and the Malaysian will be back to defend his crown at this week’s Challenger 3 level competition.

The 27-year-old will be the No.4 seed this week in Bendigo, with compatriots Hafiz Zhafri and Amir Amirul also seeded. Dutchman Rowan Damming, who took the title at the Harcourts KDRE Morrinsville Open at the weekend, will be the top seed.

Sri Lankan No.1 Ravindu Laksiri, Denmark’s Theis Houlberg and Frenchman Brice Nicolas will also be seeded, joining Australia’s Nicholas Calvert, who will be the leading home hope in the competition. James Lloyd, Dylan Molinaro, Benjamin Ratcliffe and wildcard Connor Hayes will add to the Australia representation.

India’s Urwashi Joshi will be the top seed in the women’s event, with two Australians in the top four seeds. Sophie Fadaely and Erin Classen will lead the home charge, with Pakistani Noor ul Huda also in that top four bracket.

Aiman Shahbaz, the second Pakistani in the draw will also be seeded, alongside the South Korean duo of Mingyeong Heo and Yura Choe, and Maltese No.1 Colette Sultana, who resides in Australia.

Sze Yu Lee, Jennifer Condie, Pascale Louka, Amelie Guziak and tournament wildcard Shona Coxsedge make up the rest of the Australians in the draw, with Macau No.1 Liu Kwai Chi also featuring.

For more information on the event, where available see the PSA Live Scores page, or follow on PSAChallengerTourLivestreams, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram & TikTok. Selected events will also be streamed live on SQUASHTV.
 

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