New Zealand’s enjoyed a strong opening day at the World Junior Squash Championships in Tauranga with three of the women and three of the men winning in straight sets.
Women’s coach Joanne Williams was thrilled at the positive start. “I’m really pleased with how the girls have prepared themselves and gone about their business. We expected to win the games we won, but that’s on paper, you still have to do it.”
Rotorua’s Camden Te Kani-McQueen kicked things off with straight sets win against Australia’s Jessica Osborne, a performance New Zealand No1 Kaitlyn Watts backed up later in the day when she also overpowered Australia’s Courtney Mathers in three.
Waikato’s Anika Jackson was just as convincing against Switzerland’s Sarah Ludin.
“We knew a bit about the Australians but the Swiss girl was an unknown so it was god to get that win,” Williams said.
Earlier Auckland’s Anna Hughes lost in straight sets to Hong Kong’s Lui Hiu Lam and Hastings’ Rhiarne Taiapa was beaten in three by England’s Elise Lazarus, while Rotorua’s Nadia Hubbard lost in four to South Africa’s Faith Sithole.
In the men’s draw Gabe Yam got the tournament off to a winning start for New Zealand with a straightforward win against Australia's Jacob Ford before Mitchell Kempton beat South Africa’s Luke van Vuuren in three.
New Zealand’s No1 Finn Trimble dropped only seven points on his way to an emphatic win against the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s Abdulmajeed Boureggah but he has a tougher game tomorrow against the seeded Englishman Adam Corcoran.
The other Kiwi men on show, Quinn Udy, Matthew Lucente and Lwamba Chileshe all lost.
Men’s coach Glen Wilson said Trimble’s win was a good one, especially as it was on the all glass court which played differently to the traditional concrete courts.
“He’s playing well. He dominated his man today from the start and he’ll take a lot of confidence from that into tomorrow.
“The standard is pretty high and the three wins we got were pretty comfortable ones and the losses were probably expected. It’s probably been a fair day.”
Elsewhere the international top seeds all won through to the second round.
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Round 1 Main Draw Results
Round 2 Main Draw Results
Round 3 Main Draw
Women's Plate Draw