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Watts Upsets in Women’s Round 1 Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers NZ International Classic

The women’s main draw has kicked off and local wildcard Kaitlyn Watts has caused the upset of the day beating her higher seeded opponent Samantha Foyle.

The first round saw a rematch of the Gibson O’Connor North Shore Open and PSA Women’s final between kiwis Megan Craig and Amanda Landers-Murphy. The cold court and low tin suited Landers-Murphy’s game today with her claiming the win in 3. Lisa Aitken of Scotland managed to take out eighth seed Nazihah Hanis of Malaysia in 3 as well. The second round saw some strong performances from Andrea Lee and Aika Azman both of Malaysia taking out Ellie Jones of England and Hwayeong Eum of Korea in 3 respectively. Jemyca Aribado of the Phillipines showed her skills against Zoe Foo Yuk Han of Malaysia winning in 3. The match of the first round came from wildcard Kaitlyn Watts of New Zealand and Sam Foyle of Australia. Whilst Foyle managed to claim the first game Watts used her home court knowledge and claimed the next 3 games and the match 3-1 and her place in the quarter finals. The last rounds saw Emma Millar of New Zealand taking out Aifa Azman of Malaysia in 3 and Jess Turnbull of Australia taking out Abbie Palmer of New Zealand in 3.

Full game results can be found below.

The quarter finals for the men’s kicks off at 5pm Friday and the women’s quarter finals starts at 6pm Friday.

Livestreaming begins 5pm and links can be found here Court 5 and here Court 2 or below in this article.

Check out the schedule of play for the Livestreaming of the Fitzherbert Rowe Lawyers, New Zealand International Classic PSA here:

If you wish to commentate or watch some alternative commentary from the weekend jump over to SPALK here


Women’s Main Draw Round 1

[1] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt Megan Craig (NZL) 3-0: 11-5, 11-2, 11-4 (29mins)
Lisa Aitken (SCO) bt [8] Nazihah Hanis (MAS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-8, 11-4 (21mins)
[4] Andrea Lee (MAS) bt Ellie Jones (ENG) 3-0: 11-3, 11-7, 11-6 (17mins)
[5] Aika Azman (MAS) bt Hwayeong Eum (KOR) 3-0: 11-7, 11-7, 11-8 (22mins)
[6] Jemyca Aribado (PHI) bt Zoe Foo Yuk Han (MAS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 12-10 (30mins)
[WC] Kaitlyn Watts (NZL) bt [3] Samantha Foyle (AUS) 3-1: 11-13, 11-4, 16-14, 11-4 (47mins)
[7] Emma Millar (NZL) bt Aifa Azman (MAS) 3-0: 11-5, 11-3, 12-10 (27mins)
[2] Jessica Turnbull (AUS) bt Abbie Palmer (NZL) 3-0: 11-9, 11-7, 11-7 (16mins)


Men’s Main Draw Quarter Finals
Court 5

5pm [2] Angus Gillams (ENG) vs [8] Lance Beddoes (NZL)
6pm [6] Evan Williams (NZL) vs [3] Greg Lobban (SCO)
7pm [4] Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) vs Mohd Syafiq Kamal (MAS)
8pm [1] Peter Creed (WAL) vs Eain Yow Ng (MAS)

Women’s Main Draw Quarter Finals

6pm [1] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) vs Lisa Aitken (SCO)
7pm [4] Andrea Lee (MAS) vs [5] Aika Azman (MAS)
8pm [6] Jemyca Aribado (PHI) vs [WC] Kaitlyn Watts (NZL)
9pm [7] Emma Millar (NZL) vs [2] Jessica Turnbull (AUS)

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