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Squash - 07. July 2007.

Top Seeds Saunter Into Australian Open Semis

Clare Valley Australian Open Squash Championships, Clare, South Australia

Women's quarter-finals:

[1] Shelley Kitchen (NZL) bt [6] Donna Urquhart (AUS) 10-8, 9-0, 9-6 (40m)

[3] Amelia Pittock (AUS) bt [8] Sachiko Shinta (JPN) 9-1, 9-6, 9-3 (28m)

[7] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bt [4] Elise Ng (HKG) 9-1, 9-3, 9-0 (32m)

[2] Kasey Brown (AUS) bt [5] Peta Hughes (AUS) 9-2, 9-1, 9-3 (52m)

Defending champion Kasey Brown looked in ominous form in the women's WISPA World Tour event as she defeated Australian Institute of Sport team-mate Peta Hughes in straight games in the quarter-finals.

Brown took 52 minutes to defeat Hughes 9-2, 9-1, 9-3 in a match that was much closer than the scoreline suggests. She now faces Queensland’s Lisa Camilleri for a place in Sunday’s final, with the winner to take on either top seeded New Zealander Shelley Kitchen or in-form Victorian Amelia Pittock.

Brown said Hughes made her work for every point. "I don’t thing the score reflected the match because it was quite tough," Brown said. "It went for quite a long time, but it was good to get that scoreline and get a bit of confidence for the next round."

Camilleri caused the first upset in the women’s draw when she crushed fourth seed Elise Ng of Hong Kong 9-1, 9-3, 9-0. The seventh seed, from Tully in far north Queensland, overpowered an out of sorts Ng to set up her semi-final against Brown.

"I just concentrated on getting a good length – I sort of overpowered her," Camilleri said. "I saw her play yesterday against Kerry Wickett, one of the New Zealand girls, and I’ve been beating those young girls quite consistently, so watching her yesterday gave me a bit of confidence."

Kitchen recovered from being 2-8 down in the first game against Donna Urquhart to win 10-8, 9-0, 9-5 and book a semi-final against third seed Pittock. Kitchen looked in deep trouble early on but she came back to dominate her rival as Urquhart began to tire and the New Zealander won comfortably in the end.

"At 2-8 I just thought I had to hang in there," Kitchen said. "For her to get to eight I made so many errors – she played some really good squash but I also hit the tin with four or five in a row."

Women's semi-final line-up:

[1] Shelley Kitchen (NZL) v [3] Amelia Pittock (AUS)

[2] Kasey Brown (AUS) v [7] Lisa Camilleri (AUS)

- ENDS –

Issued on behalf of: PSA/WISPA

For further information: Howard Harding

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

WSQ 3957 Email: [email protected] 6 July 2007

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