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Rhys Dowling (centre) with the Rockhampton Open trophy

Rockhampton Open: Dowling Claims Second Victory Of Year

Australia’s Rhys Dowling was victorious on home soil at the Rockhampton Open this weekend, after defeating Malaysia’s Bryan Lim Tze Kang in straight games in the final at Scottvale Health Club in Kawana.

The Challenger 3 level tournament was held with domestic entry restrictions due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, with only those based in Australia being allowed to enter the event.

Dowling was the top seed for the tournament, and he started his campaign with a comfortable victory over wildcard Jarrett McCoombes in the first round on Friday afternoon.

He then got the better of both No.5 seed Dylan Molinaro and No.4 seed David Turner on Saturday, winning against the latter after dropping the first game of their semi-final clash.

The World No.138 then faced No.2 seed Bryan Lim Tze Kang in the final in Kawana, and he got the job done in three, with a second game tie-break being crucial, as he kept the momentum to take the title.

Results: Rockhampton Open
Final
[1] Rhys Dowling (AUS) bt [2] Bryan Lim Tze Kang (MAS) 3-0: 11-8, 13-11, 11-5

Semi-Finals
[2] Bryan Lim Tze Kang (MAS) bt [3] Nicholas Calvert (AUS) 3-0: 11-2, 11-9, 13-11
[1] Rhys Dowling (AUS) bt [4] David Turner (AUS) 3-1: 3-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 (45m)

Quarter-Finals
[2] Bryan Lim Tze Kang (MAS) bt [7] James Lloyd (AUS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-1, 11-4
[3] Nicholas Calvert (AUS) bt [8] Kijan Sultana (MLT) 3-0: 11-9, 11-7, 11-3
[4] David Turner (AUS) bt [6] Cameron Darton (AUS) 3-0: 11-6, 11-6, 11-6
[1] Rhys Dowling (AUS) bt [5] Dylan Molinaro (AUS) 3-0: 11-1, 11-1, 11-4

Round One
[2] Bryan Lim Tze Kang (MAS) bt [WC] Nick Laver (AUS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-2, 11-0
[7] James Lloyd (AUS) bt Riley Steffen (AUS) 3-1: 8-11, 11-8, 11-3, 11-6
[8] Kijan Sultana (MLT) bt [WC] Michael Swann (AUS) 3-0: 11-5, 11-5, 11-7
[3] Nicholas Calvert (AUS) bt [WC] Kobe Weder (AUS) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-6
[4] David Turner (AUS) bt [WC] Michael Hamilton (AUS) 3-0: 11-3, 11-6, 11-3
[6] Cameron Darton (AUS) bt [WC] Dominic Mobbs (AUS) 3-0: 11-5, 11-4, 11-6
[5] Dylan Molinaro (AUS) bt [WC] Blake Hite (AUS) 3-0: 11-4, 11-6, 11-8
[1] Rhys Dowling (AUS) bt [WC] Jarrett McCoombes (AUS) 3-0: 11-3, 11-4, 11-6

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