This past week we had the pleasure of hosting the NSW Open here at Thornleigh Squash and Fitness. This event attracted 137 players from across the globe and state with 30 of the players particpating in the Men's and Woman's 3k PSA Challenger event.
The PSA kicked off the tournament on the Thursday with the round 1 matches staring at midday. There were no upsets in the first rounds with the top 8 in both draws moving through to the quarters. The Woman's draw saw the top 8 move through in straight sets, one notable highlight was local junior superstar, Maggie Goodman having her debut in the PSA. Meanwhile the Men's top 8 saw a couple of 5 set battles, notably, the #1 seed Yannick Welhelmi from Switzerland beating Aussie player Damon Macmillan in a tense 45m 5-setter.
Quarterfinals were played on the Friday which saw the Woman's PSA top 4 move through to the semifinals, #2 seed Xin Ying Yee from Malaysia had a tough fight for her spot against Hong Kong player  Ching Hei Fung in a tough 45m 5 set battle. In the men's the top 3 players moved through to the semifinals in straight sets, while aussie Commonwealth games star,  Rhys Dowling took out the #4 seed in four to secure his spot.
Semi Finals kicked off at midday on the Saturday which attracted a large crowd of both players in the graded event a well as local squash enthusiests. The Woman's PSA really started to heat up with both matches being tense 5 setters,  Xin Ying Yee and  Aria Azman saw the fourth game being down to a win by two, however, Xin Ying was able to regain form and take the fifth 11-4 to secure her place in the finals.  Celine Walser and  Cheng Nga Ching had their fifth match going to a tense ‘win by two’ situation. Cheng Nga was able to hold composure and claim the final spot with a 12-10 win in the fifth. The Men’s semifinals started off with #1 seed Yannick Wilhelmi taking on #3 seed Abhay Singh in a tense back and forth battle that went to five. Yannick claimed the lead early, however, Abhey came back taking the 2nd and 3rd with Abhey getting the fifth 11-7. Our Australian lad, Rhys Dowling started the match with a difficult 10-12 loss to Swiss Robin Gadola, he was able to comeback in the second claiming the win 11-8, however went down in four.
The Woman's final kicked off at midday with #1 seed Cheng Nga Ching (MAS) and #2 seed fellow Malaysian Xin Ying Yee. Xin Ying Yee took the lead early on but Cheng Nga Ching came back fighting winning the 2nd 16-14 and the 3rd 9-11. However, Xin Ying Yee came back to claim the title winning the 4th and 5th.
2022 Squash NSW Woman's Open Winner - Xin Ying Yee Runner Up - Cheng Nga Ching
The Men's final followed starting at 1pm against #3 seed Abhay Singh from India and #2 seed Robin Gadola from Switzerland. The match started off physical with Abhay clinching the first match 15-13 and the second 11-9. Robin came back fighting winning the third 11-1 however, Abhay took the lead in the fourth and was able to claim the title winning 11-8.
2022 Squash NSW Open Men's Winner - Abhay Singh Runner up - Robin Gadola
The NSW Open also attracted over 100 graded seniors and juniors that particpated over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. It was great to have so many familar and new faces at the club and enjoying some great sqaush.
Alto Men's Open Winner - Bradley Fullick Runner up - Sion Cousins Special Plate - Mick Fullick Plate - James Slade Consolation Plate - Mitch Black
Alto Woman's Open Winner - Maggie Goodman Runner up - Sarah Nelson 3-4 Play off - Emmy Lamb 5-6 play off - Jessica Rogerson
Kissing Point Dental Div 1 Winner - Kasper Cheung Runner up - Peter Rose Special Plate - Nathan George Plate - Damien Collins Consulation Plate Troy Davey
Ben Miller Accounting Div 2 Winner - Michae Sangera Runner up - Kei Kang Special Plate - Umair Arjun Plate - Ian Murray Consulation Plate - Kieran Willathgamuwa
Squash Mechanics Div 3 Winner - Tom Sinodinos Runner up - Michael Oxley Special Plate - Dave Street Plate - Thomas Wang Consulation Plate - Wal Gray
Gage Roads Div 4 Winner - Zac Adami-Macdonald Runner up - Leonie Forbes Special Plate - Glynn Willis Plate - Ignatius Willathgamuwa Consulation Plate - Andy Wong
FTG Joinery Div 5 Winner - Boris Lekumovich Runner up - Domenico Gelluccio Special Plate - Phillip Chow Plate - Tomer Itah Consulation Plate - Krishna Valabjee
Majcon Div 6 Winner - Ben Boardman Runner up - Logan Effendi Third - Neelan Sangera
The Junior Event
Technifibre Junior Open Winner - Emmy Lamb Runner up - Tom Sinodinos Third - Thomas Wang
Gripstar Junior Div 1 Winner - Pratham Malik Runner up - Ryan Hay Third - Mattia Candotti
Head Junior Div 2 Winner - Phillip Chow Runner up - Tomo Wilkins Third - Elizabeth Wang
Karakal Junior Div 3 Winner - Ben Boardman Runner up - Naveen Sangera Special Plate - Logan Effendi Plate - Kingston Lai Consulation Plate - Gabriel Harris
Salming Junior Div 4 1/2 Play off - Jack Allart Runner up - Kavin Shukla 3/4 Play off - Karissa Cheung 5/6 Play off - Issac Taylor 7/8 Play off - Luke Allart
Thank you again to all of our sponsors, referees, volunteers and the staff at Thornleigh Squash and Fitness for making this event what it was. We can't wait for a bigger and better event next year!