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Home court players to the fore at Court Tech PSA Women's Classic in Auckland

A solid first round for local players at the the US$5,000 Court Tech PSA Women’s Classic at Squash XL Club in Avondale, Auckland.

Waikato junior, Anika Jackson scored the upset of the round with a win over sixth seed Liu Kwai Chi from Macau in straight game to set up a clash with top seed and world No.53 Christine Nunn from Australia.

Nunn made the third round of singles at the Commonwealth Games and is coached by former world champ Sarah Fitz Gerald but had an initial battle in her first round match against Kiwi qualifier Ellie Epke.

Epke, 20 had a game point at 10-8 in the first set but eventually lost 13-11, 11-7, 11-3 in 28 minutes.

Other Kiwis to win included seventh seed Emma Millar over her Korean opponent in straight games while third seed Abbie Palmer from Northland won in four games against Singaporean qualifier Sneha Sivakumar.

Top ranked New Zealand junior Kaitlyn Watts won her first two games in straightforward fashion, but in the third it was her opponent Gigi Yeung who fought back from 7-10 down to equalise before the hometown player won 13-11.

Watts will now play second seed Vanessa Chu from Hong Kong who accounted for Kiwi wildcard Casey Owen in straight games.

Fridays action starts at 6 pm at Squash XL and is free to view. If your not in Auckland the event will be streamed on NZSquash.TV facebook page and https://livestream.com/NZSportTV/events/8206157

First round results:

(1) Christine Nunn (Australia) bt (Q) Ellie Epke (New Zealand) 13-11, 11-7, 11-3 (28 mins),

Anika Jackson (New Zealand) bt (6) Liu Kwai Chi (Macau) 11-7, 11-9, 11-4 (17 mins),

(7) Emma Millar (New Zealand) bt You Jiyoung (South Korea) 11-3, 11-2, 11-3 (15 mins),

(4) Jemyca Aribado (Philippines) bt (Q) Alexandra Haydon (Australia) 11-6, 11-3, 11-7 (18 mins),

(3) Abbie Palmer (New Zealand) bt (Q) Sneha Sivakumar (Singapore) 11-6, 11-3, 8-11, 12-10,

(8) Au Yeong Yhann (Singapore) bt Min Gyeong (South Korea) 11-4, 8-11, 11-8, 11-7 (28 mins),

(5) Kaitlyn Watts (New Zealand) bt (Q) Gigi Yeung (Macau) 11-5, 11-6, 13-11,

(2) Vanessa Chu (Hong Kong) bt (WC) Casey Owen (New Zealand) 11-4, 11-0 11-1.


Squash New Zealand update - business interruption due to office relocation

The Squash New Zealand team will be moving to its new offices this Thursday 24 May. There will be some disruption to our landline phone connections between Thursday and Monday if you need to contact us during this time please either email us or call our mobile numbers.


Auckland Junior Open Preview

The best juniors in the country are set to compete alongside the professionals of the PSA tour as the Auckland Junior Open and CourtTech Women's PSA Classic take to the court this weekend at SquashXL. The Auckland Junior Open will offer a final chance for the Junior Boys and Girls national squad members to shine in front of selectors as they battle for a spot in the NZ World Junior Boys team and World Individual Championships to compete in India later this year.


Paul Coll Beats Former World No.1 To Reach British Squash Open Quarters

New Zealand’s world No.10 Paul Coll secured a quarter-final berth for the first time in his career at the British Squash Open after defeating Egypt’s former World No.1 Karim Abdel Gawad in a tight contest this morning.


Kiwi Juniors to Gain Knowledge from Pro Player

Squash New Zealand is tapping in to current knowledge to help enhance New Zealand’s young talent and develop new players for the future of the sport.


British Squash Open This Week - Kiwis Win And Loss In Qualifying

A win and a loss for New Zealand players in the qualifying draws of the prestigious British Open squash tournament in Hull, England.


Court Tech Women’s Classic

The Court Tech Women’s Classic is the first in a series of PSA tournaments In New Zealand. The event offers a USD5K purse and features players from 8 different countries. The top seed is current Australian champion Christine Nunn. Christine has won 6 PSA titles and has a highest world ranking of 36.


King wins Squash Player’s Player of the Month award

New Zealander Joelle King is Squash Player’s Women’s Player of the Month for topping the individual medals table at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.


2018 FISU World University Squash Championships

It is with great pleasure Squash NZ invite student players to participate in the 2018 FISU World University Squash Championships in Birmingham, England.


#LoveSquash Final Fans and Clubs Winners

Our final draw for the #LoveSquash competition has taken place alongside our clubs draw as well, the lucky winners are...


Matthew Lucente and Kaitlyn Watts named as Squash New Zealand’s Ambassadors for the YOUTH OLYMPIC GAMES 2018

Adam Odering – Squash New Zealand Junior Selector, with 2018 Junior Champs Matthew Lucente and Kaitlyn Watts, Kevin Muir – Squash New Zealand Board member (right).

Squash NZ ambassadors for the Youth Olympics were announced following the NZ Junior Open played at Squash City Invercargill over the weekend.


New Zealand Tops GC2018 Medals Table As Squash Relishes Its 20th Anniversary

While Squash relished its sixth appearance in the Commonwealth Games since making its debut in Malaysia in 1998, hosts Australia together with New Zealand and England shared the gold medals in the five events at Oxenford Studios in Gold Coast - with New Zealand topping the medals table for the first time since 2002.


Another Gold Medal For New Zealand Squash Team

It was the 16th match for Kiwi squash player Joelle King who has played every day of the Commonwealth Games, but every match has been worth it as the 29-yearold from Cambridge finished with two gold medals and one bronze.


Bronze Medal For Kiwi Squash Mixed Pair With More To Come Tomorrow

Another medal for the New Zealand squash team as the mixed combination of Joelle King and Paul Coll won bronze in emphatic fashion at Oxenford Studios.


Squash Celebrates 20 Years Of Sport & Legacy In The Commonwealth Games

A strong united delegation of senior officials of the World Squash Federation (WSF), joined by the Professional Squash Association (PSA), are in Gold Coast this week to attend the XXI Commonwealth Games, as the sport celebrates the 20th anniversary of its inclusion in the event.


Gold And Silver Medals At Commonwealth Games Squash For New Zealand

Gold and silver at the squash singles finals for New Zealand as Joelle King played an epic match to win her final but Paul Coll found himself beaten by an in-form Englishman in his final.


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