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Defending Champ Alexander Extends Win Streak to Reach NSW Open Last Four


Last year’s winner Zac Alexander extended his superb unbeaten run to 24 matches after dispatching fellow Australian Iain Tennant in the quarter-final stage of the NSW Squash Open Championships, PSA M5 tournament.

Alexander, who beat Scotland’s Douglas Kempsell in last year’s final, followed up his first round victory against Mohamed Saeed with an immaculate display against Tennant that saw him take it 11-6, 11-3, 11-5.

The World No.93 has won five PSA World Tour events on the bounce and will go up against compatriot Matthew Karwalski for a place in a sixth successive final.

Rhys Dowling is also into the semi-final after he defeated Switzerland’s Luca Wilhelmi. Both players competed in a fast-paced encounter which drew thunderous applause from spectators at the Elanora Squash Centre and it was Dowling who eventually saw out the win in straight games with 11-9 victories in each.

Qualifier Aaron Frankcomb completes the semi-final Australian quartet after he saw off India’s Sandeep Ramachandran and he will pit his wits against Dowling next.

Meanwhile, the Women’s event saw second seed Lisa Camilleri defeat Hong Kong’s Ho Tze-Lok to reach the semi-final, where she will face Norway’s Lotte Eriksen after she came through in four to beat Lakeesha Rarere.

Tamika Saxby, who won the Sandgate Open last month, will do battle with New Zealand’s Emma Millar in other semi-final after they overcame Danielle Fourie and number one seed Lee Ka Yi, respectively.

Results – Quarter-Final: Men’s NSW Squash Open Championships 2016
[1] Zac Alexander (AUS) bt [Q] Iain Tennant (AUS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-3, 11-5
[Q] Matthew Karwalski (AUS) bt [7] Solayman Nowrozi (AUS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-7, 11-3
[Q] Aaron Frankcomb (AUS) bt Sandeep Ramachandran (IND) 3-0: 11-7, 11-3, 11-4
[2] Rhys Dowling (AUS) bt [8] Luca Wilhelmi (SUI) 3-0: 11-9, 11-9, 11-9

Draw – Semi-Final
[1] Zac Alexander (AUS) v [Q] Matthew Karwalski (AUS)
[Q] Aaron Frankcomb (AUS) v [2] Rhys Dowling (AUS)

Results – Quarter-Final: Women’s NSW Squash Open Championships 2016
[7] Tamika Saxby (AUS) bt [1] Lee Ka Yi (HKG) 3-1: 8-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-7
Emma Millar (NZL) bt Danielle Fourie (NZL) 3-2: 9-11, 11-6, 11-9, 1-11, 11-7
[4] Lotte Eriksen (NOR) bt [6] Lakeesha Rarere (AUS) 3-1: 11-5, 11-13, 12-10, 11-6
[2] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bt [5] Ho Tze-Lok (HKG) 3-1: 11-8, 12-10, 3-11, 11-7

Draw – Semi-Final
[7] Tamika Saxby (AUS) v Emma Millar (NZL)
[4] Lotte Eriksen (NOR) v [2] Lisa Camilleri (AUS)

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