There were mixed fortunes for the top seeds at the national championships at Kawaroa Park in New Plymouth yesterday.
Joelle King retained the women's title, after a thrilling win over fellow professional Jaclyn Hawkes in the final.
The world No 12 started well, winning the first game 11-3. However, Hawkes was soon back on level terms after claiming the second 11-9. The New Zealand team-mates then went blow for blow in the crucial third, with King winning 16-14.
That game proved decisive, with 23-year-old King maintaining her momentum to close out the match, 11-3, 9-11, 16-14, 11-5. However, Martin Knight failed to defend his title in the men's competition.
Knight was beaten in straight games by second seed Campbell Grayson, who reclaimed the title he won in 2010. Grayson proved too good, sweeping to a comfortable 11-6, 11-9, 11-7 win.
AT A GLANCE
Women — Final: 1. Joelle King (Waikato) def 2. Jaclyn Hawkes (Auckland) 11-3, 9-11, 16-14, 11-5. Third-place playoff: 3. Kylie Lindsay (Waikato) def Megan Craig (Canterbury) 11-1, 11-7, 11-3 Men — Final: 2. Campbell Grayson (Auckland) def 1. Martin Knight (Auckland) 11-6, 11-9, 11-7. Third-place playoff 4. Kashif Shuja (Central) def 3. Evan Williams (Wellington) 9-11, 12-10, 11-1, 11-8
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