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Australian Open 2018
01-05 Aug, Melbourne, $11k

05-Aug, Finals:

Home win for Hedrick as
Low makes it a Hat-Trick


[1] Rex Hedrick
(Aus) 3-0 [3] Dimitri Steinmann (Sui)
       
11/4, 12/10, 11/5 (61m)

Low Wee Wern
(Mas) 3-1  
Hana Ramadan (Egy)
     11/6, 11/9, 10/12, 11/6 (60m)

Rex Hedrick and Low Wee Wern are the Australian Open Menís and Womenís champions for 2018.

The duo took out the respective titles following two high-quality Open finals at the Mulgrave Country Club on Sunday afternoon (AEST).

The 3-0 score line didnít accurately reflect the evenness of the Menís Open final, which was won in 61 minutes by top seed and local Melbourne favourite Hedrick against tournament third seed, Dimitri Steinmann.

It was a case of third time lucky for the 29-year-old, as he finally secured a major tournament win in his home state following runner-up results at Mulgrave in the 2016 and 2017 Victorian Opens.

As is often the case with a match involving Rex Hedrick, long, grinding rallies were the order of the day, with both players engaging in a tight tussle from the outset. It was Hedrick who settled first in the match however to take the first game, before Switzerlandís Steinmann found his groove in the second with some terrific strokes.

In fact, Steinmann looked set to claim the second game at 8-10, before Hedrick dug deep to win the next four points and subsequently the all-important game.

While Steinmann continued to fight on in the third, the missed opportunity in the second proved to be a huge body blow, with Hedrick going from strength-to-strength to close out the match in three - 11-4, 12-10, 11-5.

Earlier in the Womenís Open final, Wee Wern had to draw on every bit of her major tournament experience to get the better of her plucky opponent in Hana Ramadan.

The Australian Open win was the 28-year-oldís third PSA World Tour title in succession; signalling a return to her career high world ranking of number five is certainly in Wee Wern's sights after a 21-month lay off with a serious anterior cruciate ligament injury.

On the other hand, the 20-year-old Ramadan certainly lost no fans with her performance, as she showed throughout the match that she has the ability to mix it with some of the worldís best.

Wee Wern took the early ascendancy in the match with the first two games, before the Egyptian fought back to win a cracking third game and push the game to a fourth.

But it was the Malaysian star that held her composure in the last to secure her first Australian Open title in 60 minutes - 11-6, 11-9, 10-12, 11-6.

Australian Open 2018
01-05 Aug, Melbourne, $11k
Round One
01 Aug 
Round Two
02 Aug
Quarters
03 Aug
Semis
04 Aug
Final
05 Aug
Thomas King (Can)
13/11, 11/6, 11/8 (38m)
Ryan Pasqual (Mas)
[1] Rex Hedrick (Aus)
11/5, 11/0, 11/3 (25m)
Ryan Pasqual
[1] Rex Hedrick

11/8, 11/1, 11/2 (33m)

Ryunosuke Tsukue
[1] Rex Hedrick

11/1, 11/4, 11/3 (25m)

[4] Mohd Syafiq Kamal

12th PSA title for Rex

[1] Rex Hedrick

 

11/4, 12/10, 11/5 (61m)

 

[3] Dimitri Steinmann

 

 

Ryunosuke Tsukue (Jpn)
11/8, 11/7, 11/3 (36m)
[wc] Darren Chan (Mas)
[6] Rhys Dowling (Aus)
11/9, 11/1, 11/5 (25m)
Ryunosuke Tsukue
Luke Jones (Nzl)
10/12, 11/7, 8/11, 11/9, 11/9 (55m)
[wc] Rohan Toole (Aus)
[8] Thomas Calvert (Aus)
11/7, 11/7, 11/8 (31m)
Luke Jones
Luke Jones

11/8, 11/8, 11/7 (26m)

[4] Mohd Syafiq Kamal
Scott Galloway (Nzl)
11/9, 4/11, 11/6, 11/6 (27m)
Zac Millar (Nzl)
[4] Mohd Syafiq Kamal (Mas)
12/10, 11/9, 11/4 (34m)
Scott Galloway
David Ilich (Aus)
11/5, 11/5, 11/3 (24m)
Alex Eustace (Aus)
Alex Eustace
11/8, 11/7, 11/9 (38m)
[3] Dimitri Steinmann (Sui)
[3] Dimitri Steinmann

8/11, 11/2, 11/5, 5/11, 11/7 (70m)

[7] Evan Williams
[3] Dimitri Steinmann

11/3, 11/5, 11/4 (32m)

[5] Sebastien Bonmalais

Chang-Wook Woo (Kor)
11/8, 11/8, 6/11, 11/8 (29m)
Elvinn Keo (Mas)
Elvinn Keo
11/7, 14/12, 11/7 (33m)
[7] Evan Williams (Nzl)
[wc] Lachlan Coxsedge (Aus)
11/9, 11/5, 5/11, 11/9 (40m)
Bryan Lim Tze Kang (Mas)
Bryan Lim Tze Kang
11/2, 11/3, 11/6 (22m)
[5] Sebastien Bonmalais (Fra)
[5] Sebastien Bonmalais

11/9, 11/7, 5/11, 10/12, 11/3 (76m)

[2] Joshua Larkin
Courtney West (Aus)
12/10, 6/11, 3/11, 11/6, 11/4 (50m)
Joel Luca (Aus)
Joel Luca
11/4, 11/2, 11/1 (19m)
[2] Joshua Larkin (Aus)
 
Australian Open 2018
01-05 Aug, Melbourne, $11k
Round One
01 Aug 
Round Two
02 Aug
Quarters
03 Aug
Semis
04 Aug
Final
05 Aug
Selena Shaikh (Aus)
11/1, 11/5, 11/1 (14m)
Maria Kalafatis (Aus)
[1] Christine Nunn (Aus)
11/4, 11/2, 11/2 (19m)
Selena Shaikh
[1] Christine Nunn

11/9, 11/9, 5/11, 11/3 (43m)

Hana Ramadan
Hana Ramadan

8/11, 12/10, 11/9, 11/3 (39m)

[4] Rachel Arnold

 

Hana Ramadan

 

11/6, 11/9, 10/12, 11/6 (60m)

 

Low Wee Wern

3rd title in a row for Low

Hana Ramadan (Egy)
11/2, 11/4, 13/11 (27m)
Chan iwen (Mas)
[8] Wen Li Lai (Mas)
11/5, 11/5, 11/8 (29m)
Hana Ramadan
Ooi Kah Yan (Mas)
11/7, 11/9, 11/2 (19m)
[wc] Shehana Vithana (Aus)
[6] Jessica Turnbull (Aus)
11/9, 11/6, 1/11, 12/10 (31m)
Ooi Kah Yan
Ooi Kah Yan

11/8, 11/6, 11/6 (23m)

[4] Rachel Arnold
Taylor Flavell (Aus)
11/8, 6/11, 11/9, 11/6 (32m)
Colette Sultana (Mlt)
[4] Rachel Arnold (Mas)
11/5, 11/5, 11/6 (20m)
Colette Sultana
bye
Anna Serme (Cze)
Anna Serme (Cze)
9/11, 9/11, 11/6, 11/3, 11/9 (52m)
[3] Tong Tsz-Wing (Hkg)
[3] Tong
Tsz-Wing


12/14, 9/11, 11/5, 11/9, 11/5 (65m)

[5] Sarah Cardwell
[3] Tong Tsz-Wing

11/3, 11/5, 11/8 (26m)

Low Wee Wern

Lynetta Vai (Png)
11/5, 11/5, 11/2 (16m)
Kaitlyn Watts (Nzl)
Kaitlyn Watts
11/3, 11/2, 11/1 (22m)
[5] Sarah Cardwell (Aus)
Low Wee Wern (Mas)
11/6, 11/5, 11/5 (20m)
Aika Azman (Mas)
Low Wee Wern
11/2, 11/7, 11/2 (20m)
[7] Abbie Palmer (Nzl)
Low Wee Wern

11/8, 11/9, 11/7 (24m)

[2] Ho Tze-Lok
[wc] Courtney Mather (Aus)
11/6, 11/4, 11/3 (18m)
Nadia Pfister (Sui)
Nadia Pfister
6/11, 11/6, 11/2, 11/6 (33m)
[2] Ho Tze-Lok (Hkg)
 
04-Aug, Semis:
Hedrick takes home hopes into finals

A hometown hero booked his place in the Menís Open final while two un-seeded players won through to the Womenís Open decider at the 2018 Australian Open Squash Championships on Saturday night.

In the Menís Open, Hometown star Rex Hedrick [1] reached his first Australian Open final following his straight-game victory over Mohd Syafiq Kamal [4] at the Mulgrave Country Club.

The top seed was clinical throughout the 24-minute semi-final encounter, and never gave the Malaysian a chance to settle after racing through the first game 11-1. The second and third games followed a similar script to give Hedrick an 11-1, 11-4, 11-3 victory and a shot at his second PSA World Tour title for 2018.

To do that, Hedrick will have to overcome Menís Open third seed Dimitri Steinmann, who won the other semi-final in straight games over fifth seed Sebastien Bonmalais.

In a similar vein to Hedrick, Steinmann took the early ascendancy in the match and was never headed thereafter to defeat the Frenchman Bonmalais 11-3, 11-5, 11-4. A win at the Australian Open on Sunday afternoon would be Steinmannís first PSA World Tour title since his last visit to Australia in September 2017 at the North Coast Open.

In the Womenís Open, Low Wee Wernís successful return to the World Tour continued, with the former World No.5 getting the better of tournament third seed Tong Tsz-Wing.

Wee Wernís 11-3, 11-5, 11-8 victory in 32 minutes gives her an opportunity at her third consecutive PSA World Tour title in succession, where she will come up against rising star, Hana Ramadan.

After defeating top seeds Wen Li Lai [8] and the in-form Christine Nunn [1] to reach the semi-final, the 20-year-old Egyptian continued her stunning run at this tournament by defeating fourth seed Rachel Arnold.

The most impressive aspect of the Ramadanís performance was her ability to regain the momentum in the match after the Malaysian took out the first game. After going down 1-0, Ramadan showed poise above her years to secure a spot in the Australian Open Womenís final with an 8-11, 12-10, 11-9, 11-3 win.
 

03-Aug, Quarters:
Women's top seeds stumble, Men's draw heats up on Day 3 of the Australian Open


The third night of the 2018 Australian Open Squash Championships produced a number of notable results that have thrown the title race wide open in both the Menís and Womenís draws.

The narrative of the Womenís Open in particular took an interesting turn on Friday night, with the top two seeds in Christine Nunn [1] and Ho Tze-Lok [2] removed from the draw by Hana Ramadan and Low Wee Wern respectively.

Ramadanís performance was particularly impressive, with the Egyptian bursting out of the blocks to win the first two games against Nunn, who was competing in her hometown event. The number one seed fought back to win the third, but unfortunately for Nunn, her quest for a sixth PSA World Tour title in 2018 was put on hold, as the 20-year-old Ramadan held her nerve to win in four.

The other notable result from the Womenís draw was Wee Wernís clinical straight-game victory over Tze-Lok in 24 minutes. Wee Wern, a former World No.5, only returned to the court in July following a long lay-off from an anterior cruciate ligament injury and has already began her climb up the rankings with wins at the Malaysian and Tasmanian Opens in recent weeks.

Those two results saw Wee Wern win the PSA Womenís Player of the Month for July, and all indications so far in this tournament have her on track to contend for her third title in as many PSA events.

The two other quarter-finals in the Womenís draw were won by the highest remaining seeds. Rachel Arnold [4] defeated Malaysian compatriot Ooi Kah Yan in straight games, while Hong Kongís Tong Tsz-Wing [3] overcame local hope Sarah Cardwell [5] in a grinding five-game encounter that lasted 65 minutes.

Based on tournament rankings, the results in the Menís Open quarter-finals went largely as expected. The exception being the dismissal of Josh Larkin [2], who went down in a gruelling 76-minute battle with Sebastien Bonmalais [5].

The Frenchman took the early ascendancy in the contest and won the first two games, before Larkin responded with the next two. Last yearís Australian Open runner-up looked to have all the momentum heading into the deciding game, but it was Bonmalais who held his nerve to book a semi-final date with Switzerlandís Dimitri Steinmann [3].

Steinmann could also be forgiven for heading into their upcoming encounter a little weary, following his taxing duel with New Zealandís Evan Williams [7]. It took the Swiss star 70 minutes to get the better of Williams, in a match where Steinmann had to recover from losing the first game to eventually win in five.

Meanwhile, hometown hero Rex Hedrick [1] will meet Malaysiaís Mohd Syafiq Kamal [4] in the other semi-final, after both players won their matches on Friday night in straight-games against Japanís Ryunosuke Tsukue and New Zealandís Luke Jones respectively.
 

Top seeds make their mark on Day Two

The majority of the top seeds in the Womenís and Menís Open draws successfully navigated their first-up assignments on Day Two of the 2018 Australian Open Squash Championships.

After receiving automatic qualification into the second round, the top eight seeds in the respective draws kicked off their Australian Open campaigns at the Mulgrave Country Club on Thursday night.

In the Womenís Open, all seeded players bar three progressed through to the third round. Jessica Turnbull [6] was eliminated from the tournament at the hands of Malaysiaís Ooi Kah Yan, who defeated the Queenslander in four, while fellow Malaysian Low Wee Wern was too good for New Zealand's Abbie Palmer [7] in three. The news wasnít as good for Malaysian compatriot Wen Li Lai [8] however, who fell in straight games to Egyptís Hana Ramadan.

2018 Australian Commonwealth Games teammates Christine Nunn [1] and Sarah Cardwell [5] breezed through their opening matches, while fellow tournament fancies in Hong Kong duo Ho Tze-Lok [2] and Tong Tsz-Wing [3] and Malaysiaís Rachel Arnold [4] also made it through to Fridayís Quarter Finals.

In Thursday nightís Menís Open matches, tournament favourites Rex Hedrick [1] and Josh Larkin [2] made solid starts to their campaigns with straight-game wins. Hometown favourite Hedrick accounted for Malaysiaís Ryan Pasqual, while last yearís Australian Open Menís runner-up Larkin was too strong for Queenslander Joel Luca.

Unfortunately for fellow Australian top seeds Rhys Dowling [6] and Thomas Calvert [8], their stays in Melbourne were short-lived after going down to Japanís Ryunosuke Tsukue and New Zealandís Luke Williams respectively. Switzerlandís Dimitri Steinmann [3], Malaysiaís Mohd Syafiq Kamal [4], Franceís Sebastien Bonmalais [5] and New Zealandís Evan Williams were the other seeded players to progress to the final eight in the draw.
 

Aussie Open under way at Mulgrave

Three unseeded Australian players made it through to the second round on the opening night of the 2018 Australian Open Squash Championships at Mulgrave Country Club.

Queenslanders Alex Eustace and Joel Luca won their respective first round Menís Open matches on Wednesday night, while local Melbourne player Selena Shaikh was the only Aussie female to win her first round Womenís Open encounter.

While Eustace recorded a dominant straight-game win in his opening match against Western Australian David Illich, Luca was made to fight a whole lot harder in his clash with fellow Queenslander, Courtney West.

After going down two games to one at the end of the third, Luca found his groove in the final two games to win 12-10, 6-11, 3-11, 11-6, 11-4 in 50 minutes. Eustace and Luca will now join top seeds Rex Hedrick [1], Josh Larkin [2], Rhys Dowling [6] and Thomas Calvert [8] as the Australian menís players through to the second round on Thursday.


Colette Sultana beats Taylor Flavell

Meanwhile, Shaikh breezed through her match with youngster Maria Kalafatis to win in straight-games. The news wasnít as good for up-and-coming Aussies Taylor Flavell, Courtney Mather and Shehana Vithana who all went down on Day one, but there will still be strong Australian representation in the Womenís second round with top seeds Christine Nunn [1], Sarah Cardwell [5] and Jessica Turnbull [6] all receiving automatic passage through to Thursday.

Another country set to be well represented in the second round of the Womenís draw is Malaysia, who had Ooi Kah Yan and Low Wee Wern win their matches on Wednesday night to join compatriots Rachel Arnold [4] and Wen Li Lai [8].
 

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