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Al Tamimi and Pallikal Karthik Capture Australian Open Crowns


Qatar’s Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi and India’s Dipika Pallikal Karthik are the 2016 Australian Open, PSA M15 & W15 champions, respectively, after both players recovered from a game down to triumph in their final fixtures at the Melbourne Sports & Aquatic Centre.

Al Tamimi began his tournament with comfortable wins against Daehoon Jeong and Mohd Syafiq Kamal, and followed up by recovering from a game down to dispatch both Harinder Pal Singh Sandhu and Joel Makin en route to the final, with the latter causing the event’s biggest upset when he downed top seed Paul Coll in the quarter-final.

The 21-year-old’s opponent in the showpiece finale was New Zealand’s Campbell Grayson, who defeated Dmitri Steinmann, Ravi Dixit, Reiko Peter and Joe Lee to reach a first PSA World Tour final since March’s Qualico Manitoba Open.

Grayson came racing out of the blocks as he quickly took a one-game lead, leaving Al Tamimi staring down the barrel of defeat just as he had in both his quarter-final and semi-final fixtures.

But the World No.46 showed nerves of steel to battle back and he took the next three games in succession to claim a hard-fought 6-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-5 victory to lift his third PSA World Tour title.

In the Women’s event, Pallikal Karthik came up against Egyptian teenager Mayar Hany, with the former looking to bounce back from a disappointing defeat in the final of last week’s Victorian Open.

The opening game began at a fast-pace with both players trying to assert themselves on the contest. Pallikal Karthik pulled away mid-way through to go 10-7 up, but a tenacious Hany fought back and took the next five points to go a game ahead.

However, Pallikal Karthik soon found her rhythm and the World No.19 used her experience to come out on top in the crucial points as she came from behind to win 10-12, 11-5, 11-6, 11-4 – securing her first PSA World Tour title of 2016.

Result – Final: Men’s Australian Open 2016
[3] Abdulla Mohd Al Tamimi (QAT) bt [2] Campbell Grayson (NZL) 3-1: 6-11, 11-9, 11-7, 11-5 (49m)

Result – Final: Women’s Australian Open 2016
[1] Dipika Pallikal Karthik (IND) bt [8] Mayar Hany (EGY) 3-1: 10-12, 11-5, 11-6, 11-4 (40m)

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