There has been plenty of excitement in both Matamata and Invercargill at their respective PSA’s with some great matches being had.
The first match of the Matamata Open saw Amanda Landers-Murphy of New Zealand have to battle hard until the last point against Malaysia’s Aifa Azman, Landers-Murphy taking the win in a thrilling five setter. Jemyca Aribado proved too strong for England’s Ellie Jones with Aribado claiming the win in 3. Zoe Foo Yuk Han had to play fellow Malaysian player Nazihah Hanis, whilst Hanis looked to push Han it was not enough with Han taking the win in 4. New Zealand’s Megan Craig had to take on Andrea Lee of Malaysia and whilst Lee was able to claim one game Craig kept her composure and took the match in 4. Australia’s Sam Foyle was too powerful for Hwayeong Eum of Korea with Foyle taking the win in 3. It was an all Kiwi match up next between Emma Millar and Abbie Palmer. Whilst Palmer was able to clinch the first in a long game it was Millar that kept her rhythm and took the match in 4. Aika Azman of Malaysia and Lisa Aitken of Scotland were too strong for New Zealand’s Nadia Hubbard and second seed Jess Turnbull of Australia respectively.
Quarter Finals and Semi Finals are on Saturday and matches will be livestreamed from 11am here.
Check out the schedule of play for the livestreaming of the Matamata Open below.
Full details on the event can be found here and the full first round matchups can be found below.
The first match of the ILT Community Trust NZ Southern Invercargill Open saw top seed Ivan Yuen up against sixth seed Mahesh Mangaokar and the match started off as it was to continue, with both players hunting for winning shots, working hard to take the set, with Yuen eventually taking it 14-12. The second set saw Yuen more in control, however Mangaokar was fighting hard for every point. Just when it looked like Yuen would take the match in three, Mangaokar made a massive comeback to take the third set and continued the intensity into the fourth, taking it 11-9 to take the match into a fifth set. Mangaokar seemed to have control of the match, up 9-6, Yuen suddenly stepped back up and took the set and the match 11-9 after a gruelling 87 minutes.
The match between New Zealand’s Evan Williams and Peter Creed from Wales proved to be even more demanding. Creed took the first set commandingly, showing superb speed around the court to force loose balls from Williams that he could put away. Williams showed more focus in the second set, making less errors, but Creed managed to sneak in 11-9. The third set saw Williams continue to exert pressure on Creed, keeping himself in the hunt. At 12-11 to Williams, Creed had to leave the court for a blood injury. On his return the point was replayed twice before Williams managed to take the set. Williams took full advantage in the fourth set and took it 11-5 to keep the match alive. Creed took an early lead in the fifth, looking to have his focus back, before Williams again came back, gaining the lead again. Creed then had to work even harder, but got the result he wanted after 95 minutes of play.
Greg Lobban came out strong against Eain Yow Ng, and while Yow fought hard, Lobban proved to be too strong on the night, maintaining control of the match and putting pressure on Yow to force the errors. He remained composed throughout, taking the win 3-0.
The final match of the evening saw Australian’s Rex Hedrick and Joshua Larkin battle it out for the last remaining semi-final berth. The first set was very tightly contested with both players looking to take an early lead. Hedrick sealed it 11-9 and then dominated in the second to take it 11-5. With a 6-0 lead in the third it looked like Hedrick was going to romp home, however Larkin had more to give and soon it was 7-all. Hedrick was able to keep pushing and booked his place in the semi-finals by taking the match in three.
Livestreaming of the semi final matches start 5:30pm Saturday night, links to the courts can be found here Court 4. The schedule of play for the Livestreaming of the 2017 ILT Community Trust NZ Southern Invercargill Open can be found below.
Full details on the event, previous articles and where to watch previous streamed matches can be found here.
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Matamata Open Round 1
Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) beat Aifa Azman (MAS) 3-11, 11-4, 9-11, 11-4, 12-10 (52 mins)
Jemyca Aribada (PHI) beat Ellie Jones (ENG) 11-5, 11-7, 13-11 (20 mins)
Zoe Foo Yuk Han (MAS) beat Nazihah Hanis (MAS) 10-12, 11-8, 11-5, 11-8 (33 mins)
Megan Craig (NZL) beat Andrea Lee (MAS) 11-4, 8-11, 11-3, 11-0 (31 mins)
Samantha Foyle (AUS) beat Hwayeong Eum (MAS) 11-9, 11-8, 11-3 (24 mins)
Emma Millar (NZL) beat Abbie Palmer (NZL) 11-13, 11-8, 11-5, 11-6 (32 mins)
Aika Azman (MAS) beat Nadia Hubbard (NZL) 11-4, 11-4, 11-2 (16mins)
Lisa Aitken (SCO) beat Jessica Turnball (AUS) 11-1, 11-5, 11-3 (19 mins)
11am - Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) vs Jemyca Aribada (PHI)
11:45am - Zoe Foo Yuk Han (MAS) vs Megan Craig (NZL)
12:30pm - Samantha Foyle (AUS) vs Emma Millar (NZL)
1:15pm - Aika Azman (MAS) vs Lisa Aitken (SCO)
2017 ILT Community Trust NZ Southern Invercargill Open Quarter Finals
(1) Ivan Yuen (MAS) bt (6) Mahesh Mangaonkar (IND) 14-12, 11-6, 6-11, 9-11, 11-9 (87 minutes)
(3) Peter Creed (WAL) bt (7) Evan Williams (NZL) 11-2, 11-9, 11-13, 5-11, 11-8 (95 minutes)
(5) Greg Lobban (SCO) bt Eain Yow Ng (MAS) 11-8, 11-6, 11-4 (32 minutes)
(2) Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt (8) Joshua Larkin (AUS) 11-9, 11-5, 11-8 (48 minutes)
5:30pm - (1) Ivan Yuen (MAS) vs (3) Peter Creed (WAL)
6:30pm - (5) Greg Lobban (SCO) vs (2) Rex Hedrick (AUS)