Tamika’s going up in the world with stellar run
COFFS Harbour's finest squash export has hit a rich vein of form.
Tamika Saxby has claimed the NSW Open, her third straight PSA Women's crown after winning the Sandgate Open last month and the City of Perth International Challenge in May.
The win has seen Saxby's world ranking jump up to number 93.
"I'm really happy with the way I played and it all seemed to fall into place on court for me and especially to win my home state title," she said after the win in Sydney.
Tamika had a comfortable first up win at the Elanora Squash Centre before taking on the number one seed from Hong Kong, Lee Ka Yi.
A tight opening gave Saxby the first game before Lee equalled in the second. Saxby then gained control at the front court to mount plenty of pressure on the top seed before closing out the match 11-8 9-11 11-7 11-7 to move to the semi finals stage.
Tamika's opponent was New Zealander Emma Millar and the match proved to be a tighter affair with both players trading shots and showing some exhilarating speed at the front court.
Clever ball placements were unsettling her Kiwi opponent as Tamika went two games up. The third game went to a tie break with Millar pulling back a game. In the fourth a variation of pace proved a masterstroke as Tamika opened an early lead to run out victor 11-8 11-8 13-15 11-5.
The final was a rematch of the Sandgate Open where only weeks earlier, Saxby and number two seed Lisa Camilleri had battled out for the title, with Saxby winning 3-1 on that occasion.
Camilleri went into the NSW final well prepared from her High Performance Squad training sessions in the lead up week.
Unfortunately for the experienced Aussie, Saxby proved too strong once again. In a quick 23 minute game, Saxby dominated all three games and won 11-3, 11-5, 11-8.
Saxby will use the momentum she's currently riding heading into the South Australian Open next week.