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ILT & Community Trust NZ Southern Open 2014
24-29 Jun, Invercargill, $15k

29-Jun, Final:
[2] Martin Knight (Nzl) 3-0 [4] Rex Hedrick (Aus)
                 11-8, 11-7, 11-9 (68m)

Knight takes Squash City title ...

Martin Knight is surely feeling on top of the world having just won the inaugural ILT & Community Trust NZ Southern Open in three games, collecting his 7th career PSA title.

With a distinct home crowd advantage, Knight was intensely focused throughout the 68 minute match, with his mind firmly set on achieving the win.

The first game saw both Knight and his opponent Rex Hedrick of Australia playing patiently, waiting for the right time to go for shots. This ensured lengthy rallies and high quality squash. Knight’s sportsmanship was evident when he requested a change of call from the referees at his own expense. Knight worked hard to keep the ball tight to the walls and keep the pressure on Hedrick, and it paid off, earning him the game 11-8.

Returning to the court for the second, both players increased the pace, taking more risks and playing more shots than previously. This approach worked well for Knight and he took the game 11-7.

The third saw Hedrick showing some visible signs of physical fatigue and Knight again applied intense pressure and took an early lead before Hedrick started to make his way back into the game. At the end Knight’s focus and determination to win saw him close out the match 11-9.

Speaking after the match Knight said:

"I’m really happy to win, especially to do it 3-0. It was pretty tough out there, Rex has had a few hard matches leading up to the final and I wanted to put the pressure on early in the first game.

"I wanted to keep the pace high and not give him any breathing space but I felt like I was doing more and more work all the time. I managed to get out to a good lead in every game before Rex came back at me strongly.

"I wasn’t looking forward to having to go back on court for a fourth game. I’m exceptionally happy to win my biggest title in about four and a half years."


NZ Southern Open 2014
24-29 Jun, Invercargill, $15k
Round One
26 Jun
27 Jun
28 Jun
29 Jun
[1] Nafiizwan Adnan (Mas)
 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 (38m)
[Q] Sanjay Singh (Mas)
[1] Nafiizwan Adnan
 11-6, 6-11, 11-5, 13-11 (52m)
[6] Abdulla Al Tamimi
[1] Nafiizwan Adnan

11-5, 3-11, 11-8,
6-11, 11-8 (94 m)

[4] Rex Hedrick

[4] Rex Hedrick


11-8, 11-7,
11-9 (68m


[2] Martin Knight

7th PSA title
for Martin

[6] Abdulla Al Tamimi (Qat)
11-4, 11-3, 9-11, 12-10 (39m)
[Q] Adam Murrills (Eng)
[7] Paul Coll (Nzl)
11-4, 11-6, 6-11, 11-5 (35m)
Matias Tuomi (Fin)
[7] Paul Coll
12-10, 11-9, 3-11, 11-9 (67m)
[4] Rex Hedrick
[4] Rex Hedrick (Aus)
 11-4, 6-11, 11-6, 5-11, 13-11 (94m)
[Q] Kashif Shuja (Nzl)
[Q] Ben Grindrod (Nzl)
11-9, 11-8, 11-5 (30m)
[3] Matthew Karwalski (Aus)
[3] Matthew Karwalski
11-3, 13-11, 11-5 (33m)
James Huang
[3] Matthew Karwalski

6-11, 11-7, 11-3,
11-5 (58m)

[2] Martin Knight

James Huang (Tpe)
11-5, 11-8, 11-8
[8] Aqeel Rehman (Aut)
[wc] Lance Beddoes (Nzl)
11-5, 16-18, 11-8 rtd
[5] Jan Koukal (Cze)
Lance Beddoes
 9-11, 11-7, 12-10, 11-4 (64
[2] Martin Knight
Joe Chapman (Bvi)
11-6, 11-5, 12-10 (39m)
[2] Martin Knight (Nzl)
Qualifying Finals:

Ben Grindrod (Nzl) 3-2 Chris van der Salm (Nzl) 11-9, 5-11, 11-6, 15-17, 11-9 (62m)
Sanjay Singh (Mas) 3-0 Jaako Vahaama (Fin)                        11-7, 11-7, 11-3 (21m)
Kashif Shuja (Nzl) 3-2 Hannan Tarmidi (Mas)     12-14, 11-6, 10-12, 11-4, 11-7 (71m)
Adam Murrills (Eng) 3-1 Arthur Moineau (Fra)                11-5, 7-11, 11-6, 11-8 (46m)

Qualifying Round One:

Ben Grindrod (Nzl) 3-1 Addeen Idrakie (Mas)              11-5, 7-11, 12-10, 11-3 (52m)
Chris van der Salm (Nzl) 3-2 Manoel Pereira (Bra) 11-4, 7-11, 11-9, 5-11, 11-7 (45m)
Sanjay Singh (Mas) 3-0 Luke Jones (Nzl)                               11-6, 11-4, 11-3 (20m)
Jaako Vahaama (Fin) 3-0 Tatu Knuutila (Fin)                         18-16, 11-5, 11-6 (25m)
Kashif Shuja (Nzl) 3-0 Jean-Pierre Brits (Rsa)                        11-7, 11-8, 11-6 (33m)
Hannan Tarmidi (Mas) 3-0 Tristan Eysele (Rsa)     11-9, 11-9, 3-11, 2-11,11-7 (51m)
Arthur Moineau (Fra) 3-0 Corbin Faint (Nzl)                           11-4, 11-4, 11-7 (22m)
Adam Murrills (Eng) 3-0 Mike Lewis (Usa)                              11-2, 11-9, 11-7 (22m)
28-Jun, Semis:
Knight and Hedrick through to
Squash City final ...

Squashcity Invercargill was humming with excitement as the semi-finals of the ILT & Community Trust Southern Open PSA began tonight.

First to take the court were top seed Nafiizwan Adnan and fourth seed Rex Hedrick.

Hedrick made a strong start and took the first 11-5, followed by Adnan striking back to take the second 11-3. The third was much more tightly contested with both players fighting hard to get the lead with Hedrick eventually closing it out 11-8.

The match then switched back to Adnan’s favour with an 11-6 game to take the match to 2-2. The final game was incredibly close and saw several points replayed many times as players were awarded lets.

After 36 minutes of battling for the lead in the final game Hedrick managed to sneak past Adnan to book his place in tomorrow’s final.

Hedrick was ecstatic with the win: “He’s the highest ranked player I have beaten and to date this is the highlight of my career.”

Next up was second seed Martin Knight and third seed Matthew Karwalski. Karwalski will have been hoping for an all Australian final and will have been looking to reverse the result from Palmerston North two weeks ago.

Despite the crowd being fully behind Knight, he looked difficult to beat in the first game, taking it 11-6. Knight had different plans however and came back much harder to take the second 11-7.

From there Knight remained focused and often travelled around the court at a lightening quick pace to pick up balls that must have left Karwalski wondering if he had grown wings on his feet.

Knight said: “Today was a very different match to the last time, Matt came out firing in the first and outplayed me. After the first I tried to soak up a lot of the pressure and concentrated on putting the balls into the corners with a bit more purpose.

"Fortunately Matt’s movement slowed down a bit after the first game and I was able to put him under more pressure. Really happy to win the match and put myself into my second final in two tournaments.”

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27-Jun, Quarters:
Knight and Coll carry Kiwi hopes
into quarters ...

The quarter finals of The ILT & Community Trust New Zealand Southern PSA Open have all played to seedings in in Invercargill tonight, with the top four all progressing through to the semi finals tomorrow.

Young Abdullah Al Tamimi showed why he is such a crowd favourite tonight with his unique shot-playing style. Unfortunately his slight of hand was unable to secure him a win against number one seed Nafizwan Adnan.

Losing the first Al Tamimi fought back to take the second set before Adnan used his experience and skill to close out the match in four games.

Fourth seed Rex Hedrick ultimately proved too strong for seventh seed Paul Coll, winning the match in four games.

The match was very competitive, with both players working hard for each point, and moving each other all around the court.

Likewise third seed Matthew Karwalski looked very dominant in the first against James Huang taking it 11-3. Huang fought hard in the second set, taking it to a tie break which Karwalski won 13-11.

In the third Karwalski again dominated and progresses through to the semi final where he will meet second seed Martin Knight.

Knight played off against his Commonwealth Games team-mate and training partner Lance Beddoes and it was a tough match. Beddoes took the first, which saw Knight come back hard in the second to take a 8-2 lead before Beddoes started to come back, but Knight used all his skill to take the game 11-7.

The third was incredibly close, with neither player able to get any real lead, before Knight finally broke ahead to take it 12-10. Knight was able to take full control of the fourth, and secure his semi final berth.

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26-Jun, Round One:
Knight and Coll carry Kiwi hopes
into quarters ...

The NZ Southern Open began with some great squash keeping fans on the edge of their seats.

First on at 5.30pm were Nafizwan Adnan and Sanjay Singh, with Adnan proving far too strong, winning 11-6, 11-8, 11-7 in 38 minutes. Abdullah Al Tamimi had a slightly more difficult progression through to the second round, beating Adam Murrills  11-4, 11-3, 9-11, 12-10 in 39 minutes.

More tight matches followed with New Zealand’s Paul Coll seeming to be having an easy run against Matias Tuomi before Tuomi fought back to take the third set. Coll re-gathered well during the break however and showed some classy shots to take the 35 minute match 11-4, 11-6, 6-11, 11-5.

Kashif Shuja again proved a crowd favourite with some massive rallies during his match against Rex Hedrick. The five game match went for a staggering 94 minutes and had plenty of both excitement and controversy. Hedrick eventually took out the match 12-10 in the fifth.

James Huang and Aqeel Rehman (Austria) pleased the crowd with their extreme speed and agility on the court. Huang overcame the higher ranked Rehman in just 35 minutes 11-5, 11-8, 11-8.

The sixth match of the night saw qualifier Ben Grinrod try to maintain his winning streak against Matthew Karwalski. Karwalski showed his experience and took just 30 minutes to dispatch Grinrod 11-9, 11-8, 11-5, despite Grinrod’s best efforts.

Wildcard Lance Beddoes dominated the first game against Jan Koukal and came back from 10-6 down in the second to create a tie-break that seesawed back and forth before Koukal grabbed it at 18-16. Beddoes took the third set 11-8, at which point Koukal succumbed to an injury and had to forfeit the rest of the match, opening the door for Beddoes to progress through to the second round.

Second seed Martin Knight proved too strong for Joe Chapman  although Chapman certainly made Knight work hard for the 3 set win, pushing him to a tie break in the third which Knight took 12-10.

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25-Jun, Qualifying Finals:
Grindrod and Shuja add NZ interest to main draw

The second night of qualifying for the NZ Southern Open in Invercargill began with an epic five-setter between Ben Grinrod and Chris Van der Salm that kept the spectators on the edge of their seats for 62 minutes.

Grinrod managed to sneak in the win taking the fifth 11/9, and now meets third-seeded Aussie Matthew Karwalski.

The second match between 4th and 5th seeds Jaakko Vahamaa  and seed Sanjay Singh was quick and clinical with Singh taking just 21 minutes to overpower Vahamaa in three games, his reward an all-Malaysian matchup with top seed Nafiizwan Adnan.

Kashif Shuja and Hannan Tarmidi provided another mammoth match for the spectators with Shuja eventually closing out the fifth  11-7 after 71 minutes. Shuja, qualifying for the third NZ tournament in a row, now faces fourth seed Rex Hedrick.

The final match saw Adam Murrills beat Arthur Moineau in a 46 minute four game affair to set up a match against young Qatari Abdulla Al Tamimi.

Live Streaming
from first round

24-Jun, Qualifying Round One:
Three Kiwis win on opening day

Young New Zealand players Ben Grinrod (Taupo) and Chris Van der Salm (Christchurch) created the upset of the night in the first round of qualifying at the ILT & Community Trust of Southland New Zealand Southern PSA.

Grinrod beat top seeded Addeen Idrakie (Malaysia) in 52 minutes and Van der Salm overcame the seventh seeded Manoel Pereira (Brazil) in just 45 minutes.

Other upsets to the seedings included Kashif Shuja (Palmerston North) overpowering third seed Jean-Pierre Brits (South Africa) in a quick 33 minutes, and Malaysia’s Hannan Tarmidi proved too strong for eighth seed Tristan Eysele of South Africa, winning the 51 minute match in 5 games.

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from first round

Can Kiwis edge Adnan in Invercargill?

New Zealand's top players will be chasing top seed Mohd Nafiizwan Adnan at the NZ Southern Open this week.

Invercargill will play host to some of the world's best squash players this week as it holds the NZ Southern Open US$15k PSA event this week. The event will be combined with the South Island Championships this year, ensuring an extravaganza of squash in the deep south. All of the big matches will be played at the Squash City Invercargill Club on Onslow Street, with spillover matches also scheduled at Stadium Southland.

Malaysian WR#32 Nafiizwan Adnan heads the field for the PSA event with New Zealand's Martin Knight, fresh from the sixth PSA Tour title of his career in Palmerston North ten days ago, seeded second. Further New Zealand interest will be provided by fast-improving Kiwis Paul Coll (seventh seed) and Lance Beddoes in the main draw. Adnan, as well as the top New Zealanders, are fresh from the Tri Nations Squash Doubles in Kuala Lumpur last week - a preparation event for this year's Commonwealth Games. Transitioning back to singles from doubles is notoriously tricky, and is sure to test these players' adaptability.

Knight will open his account against Joe Chapman of the British Virgin Islands, and could play the winner of fellow Kiwi Lance Beddoes and Czech veteran Jan Koukal in the quarter-finals. If he progresses smoothly, a rematch of last week's NZ International Classic final with Australian Matt Karwalski is on the cards in the semi-finals. Paul Coll will open his tournament against Finn Matias Tuomi, and is on track to play fourth seeded Australian Rex Hedrick in the quarter-finals.

Several more New Zealand players are present in the qualifying draw. Ben Grindrod, Chris van der Salm, Kashif Shuja and Luke Jones will be joined by 'locals' Shaun Madden and Corbin Faint attempting to win through to the main draw. Qualifying gets underway on Tuesday evening from 5.30pm at the Squash City Invercargill courts, with qualifying finals to be played from 5.30pm on Wednesday.

Some losing qualifiers will drop down to play in the 'normal' tournament, ensuring tough competition for New Zealand's top players, as well as plenty of top squash for spectators throughout the weekend.

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