A couple of firsts provided close fought matches in the finals of the PSA professional squash tournaments in Palmerston North
The women’s US$5,000 SquashGym International Classic saw third seed Jemyca Aribado make history by becoming the first player from the Philippines to win a PSA title. The news wasn’t so good for New Zealand’s Emma Millar in the same final as she was trying to win her career-first PSA tournament.
However the fifth seed at least found some form leading into the New Zealand National Champs at the Henderson Squash Club in Auckland later this week against top ten ranked Joelle King as well as doubles gold medallist Amanda Landers-Murphy. .
It took four tight games for Aribado, 24 ranked 85 in the world to overcome Waikato player, Millar, 27 who is 116th. The score of 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 12-10 taking 37 minutes in front of a good crowd.
In the US$10,000 men’s event it was the second seed beating the top seed as a couple of Commonwealth Games representatives clashed. Malaysia’s Ivan Yuen won his first PSA title since 2015 and his seventh overall as he defeated top seed Harinder Palm Singh Sandhu 11-8, 11-7, 2-11, 11-7 in 55 minutes.
Women’s singles final:
(3) Jemyca Aribado (Philippines) bt (5) Emma Millar (New Zealand) 11-9, 6-11, 11-7, 12-10 (37m).
Men’s singles final:
(2) Ivan Yuen (Malaysia) bt (1) Harinder Palm Singh Sandhu (India) 11-8, 11-7, 2-11, 11-7 (55m)