Sandgate Open Semis

Semis : Three in a row for Tamika

It’s a third upset in a row for Tamika Hunt (who you may know better as Saxby) as she wins through to the final where she’ll face second seed Sarah Cardwell.

Tamika took a two game lead over Jessica Turnbull, but the third seed fought back before losing out in the decider. After a close first game, Sarah eased to a straight-games win over Colette Sultana.

Quarters : Tamika takes out top seed Grinham

There was a massive upset in the quarter-finals in Sandgate as unseeded Tamika Hunt – who had upset sixth seed Alex Hayden in the first round – overcame top seed Rachael Grinham, coming from one-two down to prevail in five.

Elsewhere there were expected wins for 2/3/4 seeds Sarah Cardwell, Jessica Turnbull and Colette Sultana.

Photos from Craig Stewart (more on his facebook)

Preview: Top seed Grinham looking forward to Sandgate birthday treat

Having just lifted the PSA Gold Coast Satellite title, 43-year-old Rachael Grinham is looking for a quick repeat victory in this week’s Sandgate Open, where she is seeded to meet Sarah Cardwell in a repeat of the Gold Coast final – which falls on the former world #1s birthday.

It would certainly be nice to win on my birthday ! However as I said I’ll just be looking at the match in front of me, and hoping to do well. For me it is a victory if I complete a match uninjured and have played well and enjoyed myself!

I think I will be likely to feel the usual pressures of being top seed, however I’m not putting any pressure on myself as I know there are quite a few younger players in the draw who have been working a lot harder than I’ve been able to in this period leading up to the tournament.

I’m expecting some tough competition from many of the players in the draw, and will just be looking at the match in front of me to enjoy being on court at a tournament again and do the best I can.

Gold Coast PSA Satellite (14-17 Jan) :
Grinham and Calvert take the titles


Tournament report from SquashOz