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Victorian Open 2015
27-Jul to 02-Aug, Melbourne, Australia, $15k

02-Aug, Finals:

[3] Joshana Chinappa (Ind) 3-0 [2] Line Hansen (Den)
                              11-5, 11-4, 11-9 (32m)
[1] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus) 3-0 [4] Greg Lobban (Sco)
                              12-10, 13-11, 11-9 (65m)  

Chinappa and Cuskelly take the title in Melbourne

Joshana: ďToday I won the first two games comfortably but it was still hard at the same time and the 3rd was a little tricky.

We got to 9-all and it could have been anyoneís game so I was glad I could close it out in 3 because Line is a tough competitor.

"As she said in her post match interview yesterday, we played at Kooyong last week and I lost there so I was really looking forward to this today.

"The win sets up a great lead in to the Australian Open. Iím so happy itís at the same centre! The courts are fabulous and the venue is great but of course with Annie and Joelle the competition is going to be that much tougher.Ē

Ryan:  ďIt was a tough match, it was pretty physical and it was quite bouncy out there and with the higher tin difficult to really finish the ball.

"Greg was hitting the ball quite hard and trying to keep the ball real hot and I was trying to hit more winners so a real contrast of styles.

"I felt a bit flat this week but still managed to get 3-0 for most of the matches so pretty happy about that!

"Iíve just got a few minor things to change for next week and to step up for the $25k event. Iíll spend the next day or so relaxing and get ready for Wednesday and start again.Ē

Victorian Open 2015
27-Jul to 02-Aug, Melbourne, $15k
Round Two
30 Jul
31 Jul
01 Aug
02 Aug
[1] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus)
11-7, 11-3, 8-11, 11-9
Farhan Zaman (Pak)
[1] Ryan Cuskelly
11-5, 11-9, 14-12
[7] Paul Coll
[1] Ryan Cuskelly

11-6, 11-6, 11-6

[3] Mahesh Mangaonkar

[1] Ryan Cuskelly


12-10, 13-11, 11-9 (65m)


[4] Greg Lobban

[7] Paul Coll (Nzl)
 11-2, 11-3, 11-9
Matthew Hopkin (Aus)
[8] Jaymie Haycocks (Eng)
11-7, 11-7, 7-11, 11-4
Sanjay Singh Chal (Mas)
[8] Jaymie Haycocks
13-15, 12-10, 11-8, 11-7
[3] Mahesh Mangaonkar
[3] Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind)
 11-5, 11-6, 11-7
Joshua Larkin (Aus)
Zac Alexander (Aus)
11-3, 9-11, 11-3, 11-6
[4] Greg Lobban (Sco)
[4] Greg Lobban
11-5, 11-8, 11-7
Joel Makin
[4] Greg Lobban

17-15, 5-11, 11-13, 11-8, 11-4

[6] Steven Finitsis

Joel Makin (Wal)
 7-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 12-10
[5] Rex Hedrick (Aus)
Joshua Masters (Eng)
11-3, 11-9, 11-5
[6] Steven Finitsis (Aus)
[6] Steven Finitsis
11-5, 11-7, 11-9
Kush Kumar,
Kashif Shuja (Nzl)
8-11, 11-3, 11-6, 11-3
Kush Kumar (Ind)
29-Jul, Round ONE:

[1] Ryan Cuskelly (Aus) 3-0 Robert Downer (Eng)                   11-0, 11-7, 11-7
Farhan Zaman (Pak) 3-1 Lance Beddoes (Nzl)               10-12, 11-9, 11-9, 11-9
Matthew Hopkin (Aus) 3-0 [Q] Mike Lewis (Usa)                       11-6, 11-5, 11-9
[7] Paul Coll (Nzl) 3-0 [Q] Martin Svec (Cze)                           11-6, 11-5, 11-3
[8] Jaymie Haycocks (Eng) 3-0 [5] Ondrej Uherka (Cze)        14-12, 11-7, 11-5
Sanjay Singh Chal (Mas) 3-0 [Q]
Darcy Evans (Aus)              11-3, 12-10, 11-5
Joshua Larkin (Aus) 3-1 [Q] Chris Van der Salm (Aus)   11-6, 12-14, 11-8, 11-7
[3] Mahesh Mangaonkar (Ind) 3-0 [wc] Thomas Calvert (Aus)  11-5, 11-6, 11-5
[4] Greg Lobban (Sco) 3-0 [Q] Mike Corren (Aus)                  12-10, 11-5, 11-6
Zac Alexander (Aus) 3-1 Dougie Kempsell (Sco)            11-8, 11-4, 15-17, 11-6
Joel Makin (Wal) 3-0 Jonathan Maloney (Eng)                         12-10, 11-4, 11-2
[5] Rex Hedrick (Aus) 3-0 Evan Williams (Nzl)                         11-6, 11-5, 11-9
[6] Steven Finitsis (Aus) 3-0 Ben Grindrod (Nzl)                       11-3, 11-2, 11-7
Joshua Masters (Eng) 3-1 Rhys Dowling (Aus)                  9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-2
Kashif Shuja (Nzl) 3-0 [Q] Manuel Wanner (Sui)   5-11, 11-8, 11-13, 13-11, 11-3
Kush Kumar (Ind) 3-1 [2] Nasir Iqbal (Pak)                   12-10, 6-11, 11-7, 11-7

Qualifying Finals:

Chris Van Der Salm 3-0 Rohan Toole  11-8 11-9 11-7
Joshua Masters 3-0  Ben Courtice  11-6 11-4 11-4
Mike Lewis 3-1 Joel Luca 6-11, 12-10, 11-6, 11-7
Mike Corren 3-1 Sean Conroy 11-8, 14-12, 9-11, 11-7
Ondrej Uherka 3-0 Adrian Ostbye 11-7, 11-4, 11-6
Manuel Wanner 3-0 Majeed Hussain  11-0, 11-6, 11-4
Martin Svec v Mithran Selvaratnam 11-6, 11-5, 11-6
Darcy Evans 3-0 Taylor Horton 11-3, 11-2, 11-1

Qualifying Round One:

Taylor Horton bt Jesse Keegan   6-11 14-12 11-3 11-8 0:55
Darcy Evans bt Steven Liu  11-6 11-7 11-6 0:26
Mike Corren bt Courtney West  11-3 11-4 11-7 0:26
Sean Conroy bt Connor Sheen   11-6 11-7 11-4 0:27 M
Rohan Toole bt Caillin Austin  9-11 11-9 11-5 9-11 11-8 0:48
Mike Lewis bt Alex Eustace  11-9 11-7 11-3 0:21
Joel Luca bt Muhammad Waheed  11-7 11-6 11-1 0:19
Ben Courtice bt  Tyler Hawkins  11-5 11-7 11-3 0:20
Joshua Masters bt Lewis Doughty  11-3 11-5 11-5 0:29
Majeed Hussain bt Shahzad Khan 12-10 7-11 11-6 11-8
Martin Svec bt Alex Noakes  11-7 11-7 11-5
Adrian Ostbye  bt  Jason Holmes  11-2 11-5 11-4 0:20
Ondrej Uherka bt Karim Amer  11-5 11-9 11-5 0:34
Manuel Wanner bt Tj French  6-11 11-5 11-7 11-4 0:35
Mithran Selvaratnam bt Daniel Wright  walkover

Victorian Open 2015
27-Jul to 02-Aug, Melbourne, $15k
Round Two
30 Jul
31 Jul
01 Aug
02 Aug
[1] Rachael Grinham (Aus)
11-5, 12-10, 11-5
Jessica Turnbull (Aus)
[1] Rachael Grinham
11-9, 11-8, 4-11, 11-7
[8] Christine Nunn
[8] Christine Nunn

11-7, 11-5, 11-9

[3] Joshana Chinappa

[3] Joshana Chinappa


11-5, 11-4, 11-9 (32m)


[2] Line Hansen

[8] Christine Nunn (AUS)
11-1, 11-3, 11-3
[Q] Reyna Pacheco (Mex)
[7] Megan Craig (Nzl)
11-3, 11-4, 11-6
[Q] Alexandra Fuller (Rsa)
[7] Megan Craig
11-6, 11-4, 8-11, 11-9
[3] Joshana Chinappa
[3] Joshana Chinappa (Ind)
11-5, 11-5, 11-2
Selena Shaikh (Aus)
Cheyna Tucker (Rsa)
11-6, 11-9, 11-4
[4] Donna Urquhart (Aus)
[4] Donna Urquhart
12-10, 11-9, 8-11, 6-11, 11-5
[5] Siyoli Waters
[5] Siyoli Waters

15-13, 12-10, 11-3

[2] Line Hansen

[Q] Moana Gray (Aus)
11-3, 11-2, 11-6
[5] Siyoli Waters (Rsa)
[Q] Sachika Ingale (Ind)
11-7, 11-2, 11-2
[6] Amanda Landers-Murphy (Nzl)
[6] Amanda Landers-Murphy
8-11, 11-6, 11-2, 9-11, 11-3
[2] Line Hansen
 Sarah Cardwell (Aus)
11-6, 11-6, 11-4
[2] Line Hansen (Den)
Round One:

[16] Reyna Pacheco (Mex) 3-0 Alexia Clonda (Est)                11-3, 11-2, 11-4
[13] Alexandra Fuller (Rsa) 3-1 Natalie Newton (Aus)    11-3, 9-11, 11-4, 11-2
[14] Selena Shaikh (Aus) 3-0 Stephanie Wighton (Aus)          11-5, 11-7, 11-9
Moana Gray (Aus) 3-2 [15] Jasmine Chan (Aus) 12-10, 11-4, 9-11, 7-11, 11-4
[12] Sachika Ingale (Ind) v Danielle Fourie (Nzk)    11-7, 12-10, 12-14, 12-10
01-Aug, Semis:
Lobban & Chinappa get to the finals

It was not a walk in the park for Greg Lobban, but he managed to shake off experienced Steve Finitsis in front of his homecrowd, 11/4 in the 5th.

He'll meet Ryan Cuskelly who has dropped only one game this week, in the first round against Zaman, passing Mahesh in 3. "It was a good match Mahesh got a lot of balls back and made me work quite hard. Iím looking forward to the final against Greg tomorrow" told Ryan afterwards.

As for the ladies, Christinne Nunn couldn't confirm her big win over Rachael in the quarters, and falls to strong Joshna Chinappa in 3.

No surprises for the other semi, but Line Hansen had to work extremely hard in the first two games that could have gone either way, 15-13, 12-10 against Siyoli Waters.

ďVery happy to have won today", declared Line. "The first two games were really close and it was quite crucial that I won them.

"I always enjoy playing Siyoli, she is one of the nicest and fairest players on the tour. Iím looking forward to the final tomorrow, it should be a good match against Joshana. I beat her last weekend at the Kooyong event but she beat me in Malaysia last time.Ē

31-Jul, Quarters:
Nunn stuns Grinham in Melbourne

Christine Nunn recorded her best-ever win to beat top seed and former world #1 Rachael Grinham in the quarter-finals at Melbourne squash and aquatic centre in Melbourne.

ďThis is the biggest win of my career and the first time Iíve beaten Rachael. I was a bit nervous at first but once I started running, training kicked in and I was able to settle.

"Iím excited to be playing Joshana next round but can honestly say I havenít thought about the match much as yet! Iíve got plenty of time to do that tonight.Ē

She'll meet third seed Joshana Chinappa for a place in the final while in the bottom half second seed Line Hansen meets Siyoli Waters, both needing five games to get through their quarter-final matches.

There's home interest in both semis in the men's draw, where top seed Ryan Cuskelly faces Mahesh Mangaonkar and Steve Finitsis meets Greg Lobban.

30-Jul, Round Two
Welsh Makin Makin' a nice ComeBack...

Welshman Joel Makin produced a stunning comeback against Rex Hedrick to mow down the Australian in the second round and progress to the quarter-final stage.

The match seemed to be going Hedrickís way in the early stages with the World No.53 opening up a two-game lead over his opponent. Makin, who is yet to win a PSA World Tour title, turned the match on its head by taking games three and four and rose to victory courtesy of a dramatic tie-break in the fifth to secure a 7-11, 9-11, 11-8, 11-8, 12-10 triumph.

World No.116 Makin heads through to the quarter-final stage for the third time in a row where he will meet Greg Lobban after the Scotsman brushed past Zac Alexander, losing a solitary game in the process.

Ryan Cuskelly kept up his attempts to win his third PSA World Tour title of 2015 after seeing off Pakistanís Farhan Zaman and will meet Paul Coll in the quarter-final after the Kiwi powered past Matthew Hopkin.

Mahesh Mangaonkar beat Joshua Larkin to set up a clash with Jaymie Haycocks in the next round while Kush Kumar and Steven Finitsis are due to meet in the quarter-final after both players claimed victories over Kashif Shuja and Joshua Masters, respectively.

ďI played well and had to chase down a lot of balls,Ē said Mangaonkar.
ďIím happy with my progress and looking forward to my next match against Jaymie Haycocks

Rachael Cruises against Jessica...

World No.14 Rachael Grinham led the top eight seeds into the quarter-final with a comfortable victory over Jessica Turnbull.

The former World Champion controlled the match and, despite needing a tie-break to secure the second game, ran out a 3-0 winner to remain in with a chance of winning her first PSA World Tour title since last year.

The Australian meets compatriot Christine Nunn in the quarter-final after the City of Devenport Tasmanian Open title winner recorded a strong win over Reyna Pacheco.

Elsewhere, Line Hansen remains on course to play to her seeding after beating Sarah Cardwell and will face off against Amanda Landers-Murphy for a place in the last four after the New Zealander blitzed past Sachika Ingale.

Joshana Chinappa also progresses courtesy of a victory over Selena Shaikh and will meet Megan Craig after she took out Alexandra Fuller. Meanwhile, Donna Urquhart and Siyoli Waters will meet in the other quarter-final tie. Urquhart overcame Cheyna Tucker while Waters bested Moana Gray.

29-Jul, Round One:
Kush continues run in Melbourne

After capturing the Tasmanian Open title last weekend, young Indian Kush Kumar continued his rich vein of form as he beat second seed Nasir Iqbal in the first round at Melbourne sports and aquatic centre.

The rest of the top men's eight seeds all made it safely through to the last sixteen, as qualifying for the women's draw concluded.

29-Jul, Round One:
Kush continues run in Melbourne

After capturing the Tasmanian Open title last weekend, young Indian Kush Kumar continued his rich vein of form as he beat second seed Nasir Iqbal in the first round at Melbourne sports and aquatic centre.

The rest of the top men's eight seeds all made it safely through to the last sixteen, as qualifying for the women's draw concluded.

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