Qscan Sandgate Open 2022
Deagon, Australia, $12k
 Jessica Turnbull (AUS)
12-10, 11-1, 6-11, 11-9 (36m)
13-11, 11-0, 11-3 (22m)
11-7, 11-9, 11-8 (21m)
Akari Midorikawa (JPN)
11-5, 11-3, 11-4 (19m)
 Ainaa Amani (MAS)
 Satomi Watanabe (JPN)
11-3, 11-3, 11-1 (17m
Colette Sultana (MLT)
12-10, 11-5, 11-4 (22m)
Yee Xin Yang
Thanusaa Uthran (MAS)
4-11, 11-6, 11-6, 11-6 (32m)
 Yee Xin Yang (MAS)
 Sarah Cardwell (AUS)
11-3, 11-6, 11-4 (19m)
Sophie Fadaely (AUS)
8-11, 11-5, 11-8, 11-9 (31m)
11-2, 11-5, 11-8 (17m)
Madison Lyon (AUS)
12-10, 11-9, 11-5 (23m)
 Aira Azman (MAS)
 Sehveetrraa Kumar (MAS)
11-5, 11-4, 11-4 (16m)
Tayla Mounter (ENG)
4-11, 5-11, 11-4, 11-9, 13-11 (49m)
 Tamika Hunt (AUS)
Watanabe Claims Third Win Of Season
Japanese No.1 Satomi Watanabe has continued her great form to take a
third win of the 2021-2022 season, as she overcame Malaysiaís Aira Azman
to win the Qscan Sandgate Open, coming through her four matches in the
tournament without dropping a game.
Watanabe, who claimed the University of Birmingham Open title last month
to secure her place at the PSA World Championships in Cairo next week,
started off her campaign at the Sandgate Squash Club in Deagon,
Australia with a comprehensive win over Maltaís Colette Sultana,
dropping just seven points in the match.
She then downed No.4 seed Yee Xin Yang in the quarter finals, before
overcoming the tournamentís top seed, Australian Jessica Turnbull, also
in straight games, in the semi-finals, to set up s surprise meeting with
Azman in the final in Deagon on Monday evening.
It was the Japanese woman that continued her great form with another
victory, as she defeated Malaysiaís Aira Azman in straight games in the
final, spending just 21 minutes on court. She now has three wins on the
season, after victories in the Dynam Cup in September, and in Birmingham
Watanabe And Azman Set For Final Battle
The final of the Qscan Sandgate Open will see Japanís Satomi Watanabe
and Malaysiaís Aira Azman go head-to-head for the Challenger 10 level
title, after their pair won their respective last four matches, one of
which saw the top seed bow out of the competition.
Japanís Watanabe came up against top seed Jessica Turnbull, and she
needed just 22 minutes to overcome the Australian on home turf, winning
in three to move through to the final. The first game was crucial, one
the Japanese No.1 won on a tie-break 13-11. From there, she dropped just
three points across the next two games to advance to yet another final
as she continues her great form.
She will face Aira Azman in the final of the Challenger 10 level
competition, after the young Malaysian got the better of compatriot
Sehveetrraa Kumar, also in straight games. It was a quick-fire affair,
with the pair on court for just 17 minutes in their semi-final.
The final of the Qscan Sandgate Open will take place on Monday, May 9,
with Watanabe and Azman doing battle for the Challenger 10 level title
at the Sandgate Squash Club in Deagon, Australia.
Seeds Fall On Surprising Second Day
It was a day of shock results at the Qscan Sandgate Open, with three of
the top four seeds being knocked out of the Challenger 10 level
competition, leaving only top seed Jessica Turnbull from that bracket to
advance to the semi-finals.
Malaysiaís Sehveetrraa Kumar took on Australiaís Tamika Hunt in the last
quarter final of the dayís play at Sandgate Squash Club, and after
finding herself two games down pretty quickly, she turned the match
around. The young Malaysian took the third 11-4, before then also taking
a tight fourth game to send the match into a fifth. Kumar eventually
took the win, 13-11 in the deciding game, to advance to the last four.
She will now face compatriot Aira Azman in an all-Malaysian semi-final
on Sunday evening in Deagon, after Azman got the better of another home
favourite, No.3 seed Sarah Cardwell. The Malaysian dropped the first
game, but fought back to take the next three to win in just 31 minutes,
booking her spot in the last four.
Japanese No.1 Satomi Watanabe was another to cause a seeding upset, as
she overcame Malaysiaís Yee Xin Yang, the tournamentís No.4 seed.
Watanabe, who qualified for the PSA World Championships following her
win in Birmingham, won in straight games against the Malaysian to
advance to the semi-finals. She will face Australiaís Jessica Turnbull,
the top seed, after she defeated Malaysiaís Ainaa Amani.
The semis of the Qscan Sandgate Open will take place at Sandgate Squash
Club on Sunday, May 8, with the winners moving through to the final of
the Challenger 10 level competition.
Top Seeds Into Round Two
All the seeded players made their way through to the quarter finals of
the Qscan Sandgate Open at Sandgate Squash Open in Deagon, Australia on
Friday, with just one of those dropping a game en route to the last
That came in the all-Malaysian clash between Yee Xin Yang and Thanusaa
Uthrian, with the pair on court for just over half an hour. Uthrian
claimed the first game, before No.4 seed Yang fought back to win the
next three games, all by a scoreline of 11-6, yo book her spot in the
She will now face Japanese No.1, and the tournamentís No.7 seed, Satomi
Watanabe, in the quarter finals, after she came through her opening
match of the tournament against Maltaís Colette Sultana, winning 11-3,
11-3, 11-1 in just 17 minutes.
There was plenty of Australian hope in the opening round in home soil,
but just one of those made it through to the quarter finals, with No.3
seed Sarah Cardwell comfortably seeing off compatriot Sophie Fadaely in
straight games. She will join the top two seeds, in Jessica Turnbull and
Tamika Hunt, who both received byes through the opening dayís action, in
the quarter finals.
The last eight of the Qscan Sandgate Open will take place on Saturday,
May 7, with the quarter finalists aiming to make their way through to
the last four in Deagon.
Qscan Sandgate Open: Tournament Preview
The last of three tournaments taking place on the Challenger Tour this
week will be the Qscan Sandgate Open, which will be held at the Sandgate
Squash Club from Friday, May 6 to Monday, May 9.
Home favourites Jessica Turnbull and Tamika Hunt will be the top two
seeds for the Challenger 10 level womenís tournament, with the pair
aiming to take home more glory on Australian soil, and in front of
an adoring home crowd. Another Aussie, in Sarah Cardwell, will also be
among the top four seeds.
There will be plenty of Malaysian interest in the tournament in Deagon,
with four of the seeded eight players hailing from the Asian nation. Yee
Xin Yang, Ainaa Amani, Aira Azman and Sehveetrraa Kumar will all be in
action, along with Japanís Satomi Watanabe.
The event takes place from Friday, May 6 to Monday, May 9 at the
Sandgate Squash Club in Deagon, Australia. Follow the PSA Challenger
Tour on Twitter and Facebook for daily updates from the event.