COFFS Harbour's star squash player Tamika Saxby has again returned from an Asian odyssey with a major tournament victory under her belt.
Saxby travelled to Malaysia and Penang to compete in the Penang International and the All Star Milo International and for the second year running she won her age group at Penang.
These two tournaments are comfortably the two largest in the Asia-Pacific region as evidenced by the 556 entries in the All Star and 360 in Penang.
Playing conditions were challenging to say the least as it was steamy with extremely high humidity each day. Kuala Lumpur was experiencing a real dry spell for the three to four weeks leading up to the tournament which created unusual playing conditions with matches scheduled very early, starting at 8.30am to allow for a break during the day from midday to 3pm before play resumed in the afternoon.
Saxby was part of a large Australian contingent as she took on players from Malaysia, Korea, Pakistan, India, New Zealand, South Africa, Japan and Sri Lanka which gave even more merit to her stunning tournament victory.
The young gun was able to string together a series of great performances to reach the final, overcoming the number one ranked South African player in the round of 16 which was followed up by a pair of wins over New Zealand number three player and then their top ranked girl Emma Millar who the Woolgoolga High student defeated in straight sets.
Saxby saved her best performance for the final when she faced Victorian Sarah Cardwell.
A nervous start for the Coffs Harbour Squash Centre member meant that Cardwell won the opening set but once Saxby found her rhythm, the contest was all hers as she showed the determination she is renowned for to come back strongly, controlling the flow of strokes and court coverage to take the final in four sets, 4-9, 9-3, 9-7, 9-3.