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Squash - 14. May 2007.

Fitz-Gerald Plays On To Win 62nd WISPA Title

RESULTS: Topend Squash Open Series, Darwin, NT, Australia

Women's semi-finals:

[5] Sarah Fitz-Gerald (AUS) bt [1] Amelia Pittock (AUS) 9-2, 9-2, 9-3

[2] Peta Hughes (AUS) bt [3] Donna Urquhart (AUS) 9-3, 4-9, 9-4, 9-4

Final:

[5] Sarah Fitz-Gerald (AUS) bt [2] Peta Hughes (AUS) 9-1, 9-3, 9-0


More than four years after retiring from the professional squash circuit, Australia's Sarah Fitz-Gerald made a brief comeback on home soil to net her 62nd WISPA World Tour title today (Sunday) in the Topend Open Series at Darwin Squash Centre in Darwin.

The 38-year-old from Melbourne was ruthless in her 9-1, 9-3, 9-0 defeat of No2 seed Peta Hughes, the reigning Australian junior champion from Queensland. Fitz-Gerald despatched top seed Amelia Pittock in straight games in the semi-finals.

The title success extends the former world number one's unbeaten run on the WISPA World Tour to 83 matches since August 2001.

Fitz-Gerald retired from the professional tour in 2003 but still plays squash to keep fit.

"I’m still playing at a high level, so it’s not like I dropped off the face of the earth when I retired from the tour,” said the record five-times World Open Champion.

"Hopefully Peta will use today’s final as a learning experience. I’m hoping to have chat with her to give her my perspective on how she played. I want these girls to learn as much as they can."

 

Issued on behalf of: PSA/WISPA

For further information: Howard Harding

Tel: (44) 1737-243333 or (mobile) (44) 7773-325130

WSQ 3873 Email: HowHard@aol.com 13 May 2007

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