World No.63 Lisa Camilleri had to draw on all 15 years of her experience to prevail in a nail-biting five-game battle with New Zealand qualifier Emma Millar in the opening round of the Women’s South Australian Open, PSA W5 tournament.
The 33-year-old twice went a game to the good, only to be pegged back by a dogged Millar on both occasions. But Camilleri’s experience eventually shone through as she stormed to victory in the deciding fifth game for the loss of just two points, closing out a hard-fought 11-5, 15-17, 11-8, 8-11, 11-2 triumph to secure her place in the next round.
A meeting with fellow Australian Selena Shaikh awaits Camilleri after Shaikh swept to victory against compatriot Taylor Flavell.
Elsewhere, Hong Kong’s Vanessa Chu got her tournament off to a winning start by easing to a straight games win over Tanya Marlor. The number one seed advances to do battle with Jasmine Chan in the quarter-final, with Chan overcoming Alex Haydon in four games.
Chu’s compatriot, Tong Tsz-Wing, will go up against Lakeesha Rarere in another of the last eight fixtures after they rose to respective wins over Elspeth Young and Samantha Calvert.
Tamika Saxby and Yura Choi, meanwhile, will contest the other quarter-final fixture. Saxby, who has won her last three PSA World Tour events, beat number four seed Jessica Turnbull 3-2, while Choi overcame Stephanie Wighton by the same scoreline.
Results – First Round: South Australian Open 2016
 Vanessa Chu (HKG) bt [Q] Tanya Marlor (AUS) 3-0: 11-2, 11-4, 11-5 (23m)
 Jasmine Chan (AUS) bt [Q] Alex Haydon (AUS) 3-1: 11-7, 11-4, 5-11, 13-11 (31m)
 Yura Choi (KOR) bt Stephanie Wighton (AUS) 3-2: 7-11, 11-7, 4-11, 11-4, 11-6 (41m)
Tamika Saxby (AUS) bt  Jessica Turnbull (AUS) 3-2: 10-12, 11-5, 11-7, 6-11, 11-8 (48m)
 Lisa Camilleri (AUS) bt [Q] Emma Millar (NZL) 3-2: 11-5, 15-17, 11-8, 8-11, 11-2 (44m)
 Selena Shaikh (AUS) bt [Q] Taylor Flavell (AUS) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-5 (18m)
 Lakeesha Rarere (AUS) bt Samantha Calvert (AUS) 3-0: 14-12, 11-6, 11-5 (24m)
 Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG) bt Elspeth Young (SCO) 3-0: 11-2, 11-2, 11-2 (18m)
Draw – Quarter-Final
 Vanessa Chu (HKG) v  Jasmine Chan (AUS)
 Yura Choi (KOR) v Tamika Saxby (AUS)
 Lisa Camilleri (AUS) v  Selena Shaikh (AUS)
 Lakeesha Rarere (AUS) v  Tong Tsz-Wing (HKG)