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Camilleri Claims Quarter-Final Berth in Tasmania

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Number three seed Lisa Camilleri moved through to the quarter-final of the Women’s Tasmanian Open, PSA W5 tournament on home soil after dispatching fellow Australian Taylor Jones in straight games.

Camilleri, the top seeded Australian in the draw, dictated the tempo of the match in the Devonport Sport & Recreation Centre and surged to an 11-4, 11-4, 11-7 victory to reach the last eight.

The 33-year-old will take on Norway’s Lotte Eriksen in the quarter-final after the World No.120 overcame Stephanie Wighton in a 3-1 win.

South Korea’s Yura Choi was the only seeded player to bow out on the first day of action after the number eight seed succumbed to New Zealand qualifier Emma Millar, who overturned a 44-place World Rankings gap to seal the win in three. Millar will go up against top seed Vanessa Chu of Hong Kong, who beat Melinda Shutt comfortably, for a place in the semi-final.

Elsewhere, Tong Tsz-Wing dispatched Taylor Flavell 3-1 and will meet seventh seed Selena Shaikh in the next round after Shaikh saw off Jasmine Chan.

Lakeesha Rarere, 19, flirted with elimination against a dogged challenge from Scotland’s Elspeth Young, but pulled through after taking the deciding fifth game on the tie-break. Her reward is a quarter-final clash with compatriot Jessica Turnbull, the number four seed who beat Samantha Calvert.

Results – First Round: Tasmanian Open 2016
[1] Vanessa Chu (HKG) bt [Q] Melinda Shutt (AUS) 3-0: 11-1, 11-3, 11-3 (13m)
[Q] Emma Millar (NZL) bt [8] Yura Choi (KOR) 3-0: 11-5, 11-7, 11-5 (18m)
[6] Lakeesha Rarere (AUS) bt Elspeth Young (SCO) 3-2: 8-11, 11-7, 11-7, 5-11, 12-10 (39m)
[4] Jessica Turnbull (AUS) bt Samantha Calvert (AUS) 3-0: 11-1, 11-2, 11-9 (18m)
[3] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bt [Q] Taylor Jones (AUS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-4, 11-7 (21m)
[5] Lotte Eriksen (NOR) bt Stephanie Wighton (AUS) 3-1: 11-7, 11-8, 12-14, 11-9 (43m)
[7] Selena Shaikh (AUS) bt Jasmine Chan (AUS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-8, 11-8 (23m)
[2] Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG) bt [Q] Taylor Flavell (AUS) 3-1: 11-7, 11-7, 10-12, 11-4 (39m)

Draw – Quarter-Final
[1] Vanessa Chu (HKG) v [Q] Emma Millar (NZL)
[6] Lakeesha Rarere (AUS) v [4] Jessica Turnbull (AUS)
[3] Lisa Camilleri (AUS) v [5] Lotte Eriksen (NOR)
[7] Selena Shaikh (AUS) v [2] Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG)

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