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2016 NSW Open winners Zac Alexander (right) and Tamika Saxby (left)

Alexander and Saxby Reign in NSW Open

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Defending champion Zac Alexander made it 11 months unbeaten on the PSA World Tour after retaining his title at the NSW Squash Open Championships, PSA M5 tournament to lift his sixth successive Tour title – while his compatriot, Tamika Saxby, lifted her third title in a row after triumphing in the Women’s event in Sydney.

A fine display of strength from Alexander saw him power to the final without dropping a single game, where he came up against surprise finalist Aaron Frankcomb, who battled through qualifying to reach the main draw.

Frankcomb then went on to defeat two seeded players en route to the showpiece finale, including second seed Rhys Dowling, who succumbed to injury during their encounter.

Alexander had the better of the final encounter as a series of free-flowing rallies between two home players entertained a captivated crowd at the Elanora Squash Centre.

After securing straightforward victories in the opening two games, 27-year-old Alexander narrowly saw off the intentions of his opponent in a tightly-contested third game to secure an 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 win which sees the World No.93 extend his unbeaten run to 26 matches, in addition to claiming the 20th PSA World Tour title of his career.

“Honestly, reading I’ve gone 11 months without losing is a little strange to read,” Alexander said to Squash Australia.

“I guess after competing at a higher level than I’m currently playing helps, but still it hasn’t been easy, there’s definitely dangerous players around as I saw over the weekend.

“It took all my concentration, and some extra motivation you could say, to get me through.”

Saxby, meanwhile, followed up her victory at last month’s Sandgate Open by defeating fellow Australian Lisa Camilleri in straight games to win the Women’s crown.

The talented 23-year-old played with poise and maturity against an opponent 10 years her senior as she rattled off a number of perfectly executed winners to build up a succession of points.

Saxby took the lead in a one-sided first game and remained consistent in games two and three to wrap up the victory with an 11-3, 11-5, 11-8 scoreline which has yielded her third PSA World Tour title of 2016.

Results – Final: Men’s NSW Squash Open Championships 2016
[1] Zac Alexander (AUS) bt [Q] Aaron Frankcomb (AUS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-9 (43m)

Results – Final: Women’s NSW Squash Open Championships 2016
[7] Tamika Saxby (AUS) bt [2] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) 3-0: 11-3, 11-5, 11-8 (23m)

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