Squash SA’s CEO Phil Sinnott (left) and Campbelltown Mayor Simon Brewer present Coffs Harbour squash player Tamika Saxby with her prize for winning the South Australian Open.
Squash SA’s CEO Phil Sinnott (left) and Campbelltown Mayor Simon Brewer present Coffs Harbour squash player Tamika Saxby with her prize for winning the South Australian Open.

Young gun claims her fourth straight tournament

THE white-hot form of Coffs Harbour squash player Tamika Saxby continues.

By winning the South Australian Open at the weekend, the 23-year-old won her fourth consecutive tournament.

Previous wins over the past two months in Perth, Brisbane and the NSW Open saw Saxby’s world ranking jump back up to number 93 but after overcoming the world’s number 49 and 51 to win in South Australia, that ranking is sure to get another boost.

“That was tough,” Tamika said after claiming the final against number two seed Tong Tsz-Wing of Hong Kong. “So pleased to get through. I played the big points well and really happy with my win.”

The ARC Campbelltown hosted the South Australian Squash PSA M5 and W5 tournaments throughout the week, climaxing with the women’s open final between No 2 seed Tong Tsz-Wing of Hong Kong and Tamika Saxby who was unseeded for the women’s open.

Tsz-Wing had won her last two tournaments, with the most recent of those coming at the Tasmanian Open.

The imperious form of both players saw them clash in a dramatic four-game fixture, with both players claiming a game each on the tie-break in the early stages.

The meeting was billed as too close to call with contrasting styles but there was plenty of support for the only Australian to reach the finals in Adelaide as play progressed.

Saxby came out on top of a crucial third game to take the lead and she held off the attentions of Tsz-Wing in a tight fourth game to wrap up a 12-10 10-12 11-7 12-10 victory after 45 minutes.

Saxby’s performances have been recognised by the Squash Player’s Magazine where she has been named player of the month for July following her successes.

It’s stellar form indeed as the season heads towards next month’s Australian Open.



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