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Tournament winners Evan Williams (centre) and Hana Ramadan (right) with Bendigo Mayor Cr Rod Fyffe (left) is attached.

Williams and Ramadan Claim Bendigo International Titles


New Zealand’s Evan Williams and Egypt’s Hana Ramadan claimed silverware at the Bendigo International, PSA M5 & W5 tournaments, beating Dimitri Steinmann and Jessica Turnbull, respectively, in the final in Australia.

Top seed Williams reached the final of the Men’s event courtesy of wins over Jong Myoung Park, Mithran Selvaratnam and Vincent Droesbeke, the latter of which saw Williams recover from 2-1 down to advance. Steinmann, meanwhile, was appearing in his maiden PSA World Tour final and upset the odds against second seed Elvinn Keo in the last four to seal his final berth.

Williams, the World No.87, started on the front foot and rattled off a succession of points as he surged into a two-game lead to put him on the cusp of victory.

A determined Steinmann fought back though and dominated games three and four, dropping just three points as he levelled proceedings at the Bendigo Squash Centre to set up a climactic decider.

However, Wiliams dug in and wrestled back momentum of the fixture in the fifth game to close out the win with an 11-7, 11-7, 1-11, 2-11, 11-5 scoreline, lifting his fifth PSA World Tour title in the process.

Elsewhere, sixth seed Ramadan and home hope Turnbull contested the Women’s final, with Ramadan full of confidence after causing the shock of the tournament in the quarter-final stage with her surprise win over pre-tournament title favourite Millie Tomlinson.

World No.89 Ramadan had also staged a superb comeback from two games down to win her semi-final encounter with compatriot and number three seed Nouran El Torky, but showed no signs of fatigue in the final as she powered into a 2-0 lead.

Turnbull gained a foothold in the fixture after clawing a game back in the third, but a composed Ramadan held her nerve and the 19-year-old wrapped up the fourth to record an 11-6, 11-4, 9-11, 11-9 triumph that sees her claim a second PSA World Tour crown.

Result – Final: Men’s Bendigo International 2016
[1] Evan Williams (NZL) bt [4] Dimitri Steinmann (SUI) 3-2: 11-7, 11-7, 1-11, 2-11, 11-5 (53m)

Result – Final: Women’s Bendigo International 2016
[6] Hana Ramadan (EGY) bt [5] Jessica Turnbull (AUS) 3-1: 11-6, 11-4, 9-11, 11-9 (36m)

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