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Australian Trio Seal Final Qually Spots in Women’s Victorian Open


Australian World No.104 Lakeesha Rarere led two more of her compatriots through the opening qualifying round of the Victorian Open, PSA W10 tournament on home soil in Melbourne’s Mulgrave Country Club.

The 19-year-old took on fellow Australian Selena Shaikh in her fixture and wasted no time in dispatching her opponent, who is ranked a place above Rarere in the World Rankings, by an 11-2, 11-5, 11-5 margin of victory.

Rarere will line up against top qualifying seed Teh Min Jie in the next round after she swept past Samantha Foyle in straight games.

Stephanie Wighton and Samantha Calvert were the other Australians to advance to the final round of qualifying courtesy of respective wins against Reyna Pacheco and Rachel Arnold.

Wighton will go head-to-head with Egypt’s Hana Ramadan in the next round, with Ramadan coming off the back of winning the Bendigo International last week. Calvert, meanwhile, will take on second qualifying seed Rachel Arnold for a place in the main draw.

Canada’s Danielle Letourneau and India’s Sachika Ingale will do battle in the other final qualifying round clash after they moved past Jasmine Chan and Grazia Guida, respectively.

Results – First Qualifying Round:
[1] Teh Min Jie (MAS) bt Samantha Foyle (AUS) 3-0: 13-11, 11-1, 11-7
[7] Lakeesha Rarere (AUS) bt Selena Shaikh (AUS) 3-0: 11-2, 11-5, 11-5
[6] Hana Ramadan (EGY) bt [L] Taylor Flavell (AUS) 3-0: 11-2, 11-5 11-4
Stephanie Wighton (AUS) bt [4] Reyna Pacheco (USA) 3-1: 11-8, 11-5, 8-11, 11-2
[3] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) bt Jasmine Chan (AUS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-2, 11-8
[5] Sachika Ingale (IND) bt [L] Grazia Guida (AUS) 3-0: 11-7, 11-2, 11-6
Samantha Calvert (AUS) bt [8] Liu Kwai Chi (MAC) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-4
[2] Rachel Arnold (MAS) bt Elspeth Young (SCO) 3-0: 11-6, 11-7, 11-9

Draw – Final Qualifying Round
[1] Teh Min Jie (MAS) v [7] Lakeesha Rarere (AUS)
[6] Hana Ramadan (EGY) v Stephanie Wighton (AUS)
[3] Danielle Letourneau (CAN) v [5] Sachika Ingale (IND)

Samantha Calvert (AUS) v [2] Rachel Arnold (MAS)

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