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North Coast Open 2017

Saxby and Steinmann win North Coast Open

The North Coast Open Championships wrapped up this afternoon with two entertaining finals.

The Women’s Open Final between Tamika Saxby and Sunayna Kuruvilla saw Saxby dominate from the front with controlled tight drives and well placed shots to the high court as she forced Kuruvilla to defend early.

With a two games lead Saxby stepped controlled the pace, using the high ball with precision placements, nullifying Kuruvilla’s efforts of getting into the game.

Saxby closed out the match in three to retain the North Coast Title she won in 2016 and was pleased with her efforts.

After the match Tamika stated “ pleased with how I hit the ball today and tried to keep it away from Sunayna. Sunayna will definitely be one to watch but really happy with how I played today and win here at home.”

The Men’s Final between No 3 seed Dimitri Steinmann and Qualifier Abhay Singh saw Dimitri apply some tight drives to the forehand court forcing Abhay to defend early in the opening game to take the points and go one up.

Dimitri raced away in the second game as Abhay appeared to struggle to find his rhythm and put any pressure on Dimitri. Down two nil, Abhay rallied better in the third but was unable to reproduce the form he wanted from his semi-final on Saturday going down in straight games. The win in the North Coast Open provided Dimitri with back to back titles having won the Tara Volkswagen Bega Open last weekend.

Dimitri stated. “Pleased to win today as I was feeling good coming into the match. Enjoyed playing here in Coffs Harbour and hope to be back next year”


The match spectators had been waiting for proved to be worth it as Rhys Dowling AUS opened strongly taking the ball early and not allowing Abhay Singh India to settle. Rhys went out to a 2-0 lead and held match ball at 10-7 in the third before Abhay withstood the pressure to draw level at 10-10 and take the game to get back into the match.

It proved to be a turning point as he got the better of most of the rallies due to Rhys’s shift of momentum which saw the fourth game to Abhay to level at 2-2. The deciding game was level pegging but Abhay held his nerve to the end to deny the No 1 seed a spot in the final.

Abhay came into the North Coast Open as a Qualifier and has shown a tenacity to overcome his higher ranked players for a spot in tomorrow’s first PSA final which should prove to be a cracker match against Dimitri Steinman Switzerland.

Dimitri Steinmann continued his good form with a win against Joeri Hapers of Belguim. Little separated the players early as Hapers took the first but Steinmann raised his efforts to take the next three games, the fourth in a tie break to move into his second consecutive final on the Squash Australia Tour having won at Bega the previous week.

Tamika Saxby Australia proved too steady for Yura Choi Korea establishing control from the front to take the first two games. Yura made a spirited fightback in the third but found the depth of Tamika’s shots hard to counter with Tamika wrapping up the match in three games.

Sunayna Kuruvilla is playing in her first PSA event and is through to her first final after a tight struggle against the No 2 seed Lisa Camilleri Australia.


Rhys Dowling looked sharp against Amaad Fareed holding front position for the majority of the first game.

He continued to control the pace and appeared to only get better as the match progressed to close it out in straight games.

The amazing run by Qualifier Abhay Singh India continued this morning as he methodically wore down Solayman Nowrozi Australia after a tense first game won in a tie break before closing out the next two games to win in 3.

The next upset No 2 seed Matthew Hopkins was unable to win the vital points in the opening two games against Belguim’sJoeri Hapers the number 8 seed who won the big points to close out the match and move into the semi-finals in straight games.

Round One:

Some great performances tonight have set a benchmark for the tournament.

Firstly No 1 Seed Rhys Dowling AUS looked in good touch as he out manoeuvred Luca Wilhelmi to move into the quarter finals with a straight games win. The following matches however saw the first upset as Qualifier Amaad Fareed topple No 5 Seed Connor Sheen England in four gruelling games.

Dimitri Steinmann also worked hard with some punishing shots to close out a tight match in three against Guhan Senthilkumar India.

The final match of the night kept the gallery on edge as Qualifier Abhay Singh India showed amazing court movement and control to the front corners as he oust the No 4 seed Ben Grindrod New Zealand in straight games.

Both players were applauded for the skills shown as Singh was able to lift to a new level at pressure times during each game to close out the match in three.

North Coast Open 2017
07-10 Sep, Coffs Harbour, Australia, $5k
Round One Quarters Semis Final
[1] Rhys Dowling (Aus)
11-8, 11-6, 11-8 (23m)
[Q] Luca Wilhelmi (Sui)
[1] Rhys Dowling

11-4, 11-6, 11-6 (28m)

[Q] Amaad Fareed
[1] Rhys Dowling

6-11, 5-11, 12-10,  11-9, 11-8 (53m)

[Q] Abhay Singh

[Q] Abhay Singh



11-5, 11-1, 11-5 (29m)



[3] Dimitri Steinmann

[5] Connor Sheen (Eng) 11-9, 10-12, 11-7, 11-9 (55m)
[Q] Amaad Fareed (Pak)
 [7] Luke Jones (Nzl)
 4-11, 11-5, 11-5, 11-13, 11-8 (60m)
Solayman Nowrozi (Aus)
Solayman Nowrozi

12/10, 11/2, 11/4 (29m)

[Q] Abhay Singh
[4] Ben Grindrod (Nzl)
11-9, 12-10, 11-6 (36m)
[Q] Abhay Singh (Ind)
[Q] Guhan Senthilkumar (Ind)
 11-7, 11-9, 11-8 (32m)
[3] Dimitri Steinmann (Sui)
[3] Dimitri Steinmann

11/2, 11/5, 11/6 (23m)

[6] Thomas Calvert
[3] Dimitri Steinmann

9/11, 11/6, 11/2m 12/10 (40m)

[8] Joeri Hapers

Rohan Toole (Aus)
 11-2, 11-6, 8-11, 11-9 (50m)
[6] Thomas Calvert (Aus)
 Joel Luca (Aus)
11-5, 11-2, 11-5 (21m)
[8] Joeri Hapers (Bel)
[8] Joeri Hapers

11/9, 11/9, 11/5 (45m)

[2] Matthew Hopkin
[wc] Jacob Ford (Aus)
12-10, 11-5, 11-7 (24m)
[2] Matthew Hopkin (Aus)

Qualifying Finals:
Guhan Senthilkumar (Ind) 3-1 Waqar Mehboob (Pak) 11-9, 11-9, 12-14, 11-4 (49m)
Luca Wilhelmi (Sui) 3-0 Chua Man Chin (Sin) 11-6, 11-5, 11-5 (25m)
Abhay Singh (Ind) 3-0 Scott Galloway (Nzl) 11-8, 11-6, 11-6 (21m)
Amaad Fareed (Pak) 3-0 Courtney West (Aus) 11-8, 11-1, 11-6 (21m)

Round One:
Waqar Mehboob (Pak) 3-1 [6] Thomas Calvert (Aus) 11-6, 11-7, 4-11, 11-7
Guhan Senthilkumar (Ind) 3-0 Jason van der Walt (Nzl) 11-4, 11-4, 11-6
Luca Wilhelmi (Sui) 3-0 Lachlan Coxsedge (Aus) 11-6, 11-6, 11-8
Chua Man Chin (Sin) 3-1 Bryan Lim Tze Kang (Mas) 16-14, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8
Abhay Singh (Ind) 3-1 David Ilich (Aus) 11-7, 9-11, 11-8, 11-6
Scott Galloway (Nzl) bt Alex Eustace (Aus) 11-6, 11-7, 4-11, 1-11, 11-7
Amaad Fareed (Pak) 3-2 Zac Millar (Nzl) 11-9, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8
Courtney West (Aus) 3-2 Joseph White (Aus) 6-11, 3-11, 11-8, 11-9, 11-7
North Coast Open 2017
07-10 Sep, Coffs Harbour, Australia, $5k
Round One Quarters Semis Final
[1] Tamika Saxby (Aus)
[1] Tamika Saxby

11/7, 11/4, 11/3 (22m)

Min Gyeong
[1] Tamika Saxby

11/7, 11/3, 11/9 (26m)

Yura Choi

[1] Tamika Saxby



11/7, 11/6, 11/3 (24m)



Sunayna Kuruvilla

 [7] Samantha Calvert (Aus)
11-3, 11-6, 11-2 (18m)
Min Gyeong (Kor)
 [5] Taylor Flavell (Aus)
 11-6, 11-8, 11-4 (21m)
Yura Choi (Kor)
Yura Choi

18/16, 9/11, 11/4, 11/7 (54m)

[3] Christine Nunn
[3] Christine Nunn (Aus)
11-4, 11-5, 11-3 (18m)
 Mijin Kim (Kor)
 Selena Shaikh (Aus)
11-4, 11-2, 11-9 (16m)
[4] Samantha Foyle (Aus)
[4] Samantha Foyle

12/10, 11/3, 12/10 (18m)

Sunayna Kuruvilla
Sunayna Kuruvilla

5/11, 11/6, 9/11, 11/6, 11/6 (29m)

[2] Lisa Camilleri

Sunayna Kuruvilla (Ind)
11-9, 11-5, 7-11, 10-12, 11-7 (40m)
 [6] Abbie Palmer (Nzl)
Jenny Haley (Wal)
11-9, 11-8, 11-7 (27m)
 [8] Lauren Aspinall (Aus)
Jenny Haley

11/7, 11/6, 8/11, 11/7 (29m)

[2] Lisa Camilleri
 bt Moana Gray (Aus)
 11-3, 11-4, 11-4 (15m)
[2] Lisa Camilleri (Aus)

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