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By Squash Mad Reporter

Perth champion Milou van der Heijden
Perth champion Milou van der Heijden

Dutch champion Milou van der Heijden picked up the second WSA World Tour squash title of her career when she beat home hope Sarah Cardwell in the final of the Women’s City of Perth WA Open in Western Australia.

It was after a four-game semi-final win over fourth-seeded Korean Kim Ga-Hye in the WSA Tour 5 event at the Terrace Squash Centre in Perth that No2 seed van der Heijden reached her eighth Tour final – to face surprise opponent Cardwell, the third seed.

Cardwell had produced a significant upset in the other semi – beating New Zealand’s top seed Megan Craig for the first time in seven Tour meetings to make her sixth final.

But 23-year-old world No54 van der Heijden cruised to victory in the final, beating 22-year-old Cardwell – ranked just four places lower – 11-9, 11-4, 11-5 in 28 minutes.

Women’s City of Perth WA Open, Perth, Australia

1st round:
[1] Megan Craig (NZL) bt Sonja Bromehead (AUS) 11-4, 11-8, 11-3
[13] Kim A-Hyun (KOR) bt Zoe Petrovansky (AUS) 6-11, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9, 11-6
[10] Selena Shaikh (AUS) bt Katrina Palmer (NZL) 11-2, 11-2, 13-11
[5] Cheyna Tucker (RSA) bt [Q] Yvonne Trotter (AUS) 11-4, 11-6, 11-5
[3] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) bt Sandy Blakeney (AUS) 11-3, 11-1, 11-5
Sam Mickleson (AUS) bt [11] Eloise O’Connor (AUS) 11-6, 11-4, 11-6
[14] Carin Clonda (EST) bt Linda Roberts (AUS) 11-6, 11-5, 10-12, 19-17
Cindy Robarts (AUS) bt [6] Jessica Turnbull (AUS) 11-8, 11-5, 4-11, 11-9
[8] Lakeesha Rarere (AUS) bt Amanda Hopps (AUS) 10-12, 11-13, 11-6, 11-5, 11-4
[15] Samantha Calvert (AUS) bt Lynette Jackson (AUS) 11-5, 11-9, 9-11, 11-7
[16] Anaka Alankamony (IND) bt Karen Young (AUS) 11-5, 11-5, 11-3
[4] Kim Ga-Hye (KOR) bt [LL] Maddy Jamieson (AUS) 11-1, 11-1, 11-0
[7] Alexandra Fuller (RSA) bt Victoria Leow (AUS) 11-4, 11-4, 11-0
Sue Hillier (AUS) bt [9] Natalie Newton (AUS) 11-4, 11-5, 11-4
[12] Heather Pilley (AUS) bt [Q] Joanne Ttophi (AUS) 11-3, 8-11, 9-11, 11-6, 11-6
[2] Milou van der Heijden (NED) bt [Q] Luka Stroop (AUS) 11-3, 11-2, 11-0
2nd round:
[1] Megan Craig (NZL) bt [13] Kim A-Hyun (KOR) 11-5, 11-4, 11-2
[5] Cheyna Tucker (RSA) bt [10] Selena Shaikh (AUS) 11-6, 11-3, 11-3
[3] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) bt Sam Mickleson (AUS) 11-1, 11-9, 11-4
Cindy Robarts (AUS) bt [14] Carin Clonda (EST) 11-3, 11-2, 11-3
[8] Lakeesha Rarere (AUS) bt [15] Samantha Calvert (AUS) 11-6, 11-3, 11-3
[4] Kim Ga-Hye (KOR) bt [16] Anaka Alankamony (IND) 11-7, 11-6, 11-8
[7] Alexandra Fuller (RSA) bt Sue Hillier (AUS) 11-9, 11-5, 8-11, 9-11, 16-14
[2] Milou van der Heijden (NED) bt [12] Heather Pilley (AUS) 11-4, 11-4, 11-1
Quarter-finals:
[1] Megan Craig (NZL) bt [5] Cheyna Tucker (RSA) 11-6, 11-9, 6-11, 11-2 (32m)
[3] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) bt Cindy Robarts (AUS) 11-2, 11-6, 11-4 (20m)
[4] Kim Ga-Hye (KOR) bt [8] Lakeesha Rarere (AUS) 10-12, 11-5, 11-6, 11-9 (34m)
[2] Milou van der Heijden (NED) bt [7] Alexandra Fuller (RSA) 11-3, 11-5, 11-4 (20m)
Semi-finals:
[3] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) bt [1] Megan Craig (NZL) 6-11, 11-5, 11-7, 11-0 (28m)
[2] Milou van der Heijden (NED) bt [4] Kim Ga-Hye (KOR) 11-8, 11-2, 8-11, 11-9 (35m)
Final:
[2] Milou van der Heijden (NED) bt [3] Sarah Cardwell (AUS) 11-9, 11-4, 11-5 (28m)

Picture courtesy of Louise Winger

 

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5 Comments

  1. Please note that Cardwell did not actually beat Craig in the semi-final. An unfortunate incident occurred during transfer of the ball from one player to the other) that meant the referee awarded the match to Cardwell with Craig leading 1 game-all and 7-4. The scoreline 11-7 11-0 reflects this awarding of the match, not any points being played.

  2. No, Alan – I have not come across such an incident before. Megan was just being her usual nice self by passing the ball back to her opponent, but it backfired badly. The ball bounced off Sarah’s hand and into her eye, from what I’ve heard. I was not the referee, thankfully.

    • Clive
      I remember Jonathan Power throwing his racket up in the air at the end of a rally (or was it a ball?) and hitting Thierry Lincou in the face. I think that was at the ToC one year.
      I have seen players hit a ball in anger after the end of a rally and come dangerously close to striking an opponent.
      In such circumstances, should a referee/marker offer a friendly word of caution or come down hard with an immediate conduct warning?
      Alan

      • In my opinion, it’s best to give a conduct warning immediately to ensure the players are careful next time.

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