Tamika Saxby.
Tamika Saxby.

Saxby's true colours shining through

LOCAL squash star Tamika Saxby won't forget her first match in Australian colours in a hurry.

The 23 year-old was thrown in at the deep end playing her first match at the Women's World Teams Squash Championships in Paris as she faced a must-win match in the tie against the Netherlands.

Rachael Grinham lost the opening match of the tie before Donna Urquhart levelled the tie for Australia at 1-all.

This meant Saxby's match against Milja Dorenbos would decide which country moved into the quarter finals.

If there were any nerves for Saxby they weren't apparent, with the Australian taking the opening four points of the game before clinching the opener, 10-2.

But 33-year-old Dorenbos took control in the second, slowing down Saxby's game to take the second 10-6.

The Aussie debutant returned to the court in a ruthless mood, taking the first 10 points of the third before winning 11-1, and then steamrolling her way through the fourth 11-6 to see Australia advance.

The sixth-seeded Australians face tournament fifth seeds, and host nation, France, in the quarter-finals.

Australia finished second behind Malaysia in their group, while France topped their group undefeated.

See page 64 for more squash news.

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