Top seeds Rex Hedrick and Coline Aumard made it back to back titles when they took out the men’s and women’s finals at the Alice Springs Open on Sunday.
In two tough deciders at the Alice Springs Squash Centre, Hedrick downed New Zealand’s Evan Williams 6-11, 11-2, 13-11, 11-7, while Aumard beat Dutchwoman Milou van der Heijden 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 15-13.
Hedrick claimed his seventh title on the PSA tour with his 65-minute win over third seeded Williams.
The 24-year-old Victorian now has 10 days off before trying to qualify for the Hong Kong International, while Williams heads to next week’s City of Perth International full of confidence.
“It’s my seventh title, but I know I have to go out and play the bigger tournaments – - that’s why I am going to Hong Kong,” he said.
“It was a tough final though, probably the toughest of all seven I’ve won. I had a really tough second round match (against England’s Adam Auckland) and once you’re sore, it’s really hard to recover.
“But that’s how strong these tournaments in Australia are now. I’ve barely played an Australian in the last two weeks, so it’s great to get that exposure to different styles of play.”
After winning her maiden title at the NT Open last week, Aumard had to battle all the way before subduing 22-year-old van der Heijden.
The Parisian, the French number two, just edged the first two games before van der Heijden struck back to claim the third.
However, Aumard fought back to claim the fourth in a tiebreaker and take the title.
Both women will play in Perth, where they are seeded to meet in the semi-finals.
1-Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt 3-Evan Williams (NZL) 6-11, 11-2, 13-11, 11-7
1-Coline Aumard (FRA) bt 2-Milou van der Heijden (NED) 11-8, 11-8, 9-11, 15-13
1-Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt 4-Paul Coll (NZL) 9-11, 18-16, 11-1, 11-4
3-Evan Williams (NZL) bt 2-Mike Corren (AUS) 12-10, 11-8, 10-12, 11-6
1-Coline Aumard (FRA) bt 5-Tamika Saxby (AUS) 11-4, 14-12, 11-5
2-Milou van der Heijden (NED) bt 6-Song Sun-Mi (KOR) 12-10, 11-8, 11-6
Corren on Course in Alice Springs
Adelaide’s Mike Corren remained on course for a final showdown with top seed Rex Hedrick after defeating Englishman Liam Gutcher in straight games on Saturday.
Corren, who won in Alice Springs last year when the NT Open was held there, beat Gutcher 11-8, 11-7, 11-6 to move into a quarter-final clash against Hong Kong’s Hon Fung Wong.
Meanwhile, Hedrick downed another Englishman, Adam Auckland, in five games 8-11, 9-11, 11-1, 11-7, 11-3.
In the women’s draw, top seeds Coline Aumard and Milou van der Heijden both progressed.
Aumard beat Kwon Hyeon-Jun when the Korean retired injured after losing the first game 11-4 and van der Heijden beat Queensland’s Natalie Newton 11-5, 11-7, 11-6.
Second round results
1-Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt Adam Auckland (ENG) 8-11, 9-11, 11-1, 11-7, 11-3
Addeen Idrakie (MAS) bt Matias Tuomi (FIN) 4-11, 11-4, 11-8, 6-11, 11-0
Tom de Mulder (BEL) bt Tristan Eysele (ENG) 10-12, 9-11, 11-7, 11-8, 11-5
4-Paul Coll (NZL) bt Nosherwan Khan (PAK) 11-7, 11-8, 11-9
3-Evan Williams (NZL) bt Cheuk Yan Tang (HKG) 6-11, 11-4, 11-7, 11-4
5-Justin Beard (AUS) bt Kwon Hyeon-Jun (KOR) 11-5, 11-3, 11-3
7-Hon Fung Wong (HKG) bt TJ Rarere (AUS) 11-3, 11-5, 11-7
2-Mike Corren (AUS) bt Liam Gutcher (ENG) 11-8, 11-7, 11-6
1-Coline Aumard (FRA) bt Kim Ga-Hye (KOR) 11-4 ret
Julia Lecoq (FRA) bt 8-Taylor Flavell (AUS) 7-11, 11-1, 11-2, 11-3
3-Carrie Ramsey (ENG) bt Carin Clonda (EST) 11-2, 11-2, 11-3
5-Tamika Saxby (AUS) bt Ar Huyn Kim (KOR) 11-3, 11-2, 11-4
6-Song Sun-Mi (KOR) bt Eloise O’Connor (AUS) 11-5, 11-2, 11-1
4-Christine Nunn (AUS) bt Lakeesha Rarere (AUS) 11-6, 11-5, 11-5
7-Jessica Turnbull (AUS) bt Nicole Stoneham (AUS) 11-3, 11-13, 11-9, 11-4
2-Milou van der Heijden (NED) bt Natalie Newton (AUS) 11-5, 11-7, 11-6