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RESULTS: Clare Valley Australian Open Squash Championships, Clare, South Australia
 Shelley Kitchen (NZL) bt  Kasey Brown (AUS) 9-4, 9-7, 9-4 (56m)
Top seed Shelley Kitchen won the title in the Clare Valley Australian Open Squash Championships.
Kitchen always looked in control of the match and despite Brown throwing everything at her, the tall New Zealander never lost the initiative from the moment she raced to a 7-0 lead in the opening game.
She said winning the long and closely contested second game had proved decisive. “I think I played today the way she played three weeks ago when she beat me,” said Kitchen, referring to her defeat in the final of the Central Open in New Zealand.
“We’re very close and she’s come up the rankings so quickly over the past year. I started off well and she didn’t find her way as quickly as I did on the court. I played on that court at the Commonwealth Games many times and I did really well on it there (winning a Bronze Medal)."
Kitchen, along with the nine other New Zealand players at the tournament, received an official good luck message from their Prime Minister Helen Clark before the Australian Open began.
“It’s good to see her showing that sort of interest,” Kitchen said.
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WSQ 3961 Email: HowHard@aol.com 8 July 2007
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