A bloodied Campbell Grayson has won the Victorian Open in Melbourne
New Zealand's Campbell Grayson recovered from a blood injury in the fifth game to overcome top seeded Malaysian Nafiizwan Adnan in a superb final to the Victorian Open squash tournament in Melbourne on Sunday.
Grayson was down 4-6 in the fifth when he was hit in the nose by Adnan's elbow and was forced to take a 20-minute break to stop the bleeding.
But when he returned he looked the fresher of the two players as he took seven of the next nine points to win the final 11-9, 4-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8.
"Wan's (Adnan) a really strong guy and we were both taking up space in the middle - it was very physical," Grayson said afterwards. "It wasn't a great time for it to happen."
It was the second seeded Grayson's fourth title on the men's tour and his first since May 2011, and should see him break back into the top 50 when the new rankings are released at the end of the month.
Meanwhile, Amanda Landers-Murphy was unable to make it a Kiwi double, going down to unseeded Korean Song Sun-Mi in the women's final. Landers-Murphy had upset the third and fourth seeds on her way through to the title decider, but found the going too tough against Sun-Mi who won 12-10, 11-9, 11-7.
The Korean was once ranked as high as 42 in the world but is only just coming back after a lengthy injury break.
2)Campbell Grayson (NZL) def 1)Nafiizwan Adnan (MAS) 11-9, 4-11, 8-11, 11-8, 11-8
Song Sun-Mi (KOR) def 5)Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) 12-10, 11-9, 11-7