Craig fourth at national champs
Marlborough squash player Megan Craig played above her seeding to finish fourth at the New Zealand National Squash Championships, which wrapped up at the Kawaroa Park club in New Plymouth on Sunday.
Seeded fifth for the annual tournament, world No 52 Craig cruised through the first two rounds of play with 3-0 victories over Donelle Herdman and Abbie Palmer.
Fourth seed and world No 45 Amanda Landers-Murphy, a player Craig has lost tight battles to three times in the past three months, was the Marlborough 19-year-old's opponent in the quarterfinals on Saturday. Once again, there was nothing between the two, but this time it was Craig who shook off her demons against Landers-Murphy to take a 3-2 win.
Unfortunately for Craig, that was where her run ended. Just a few hours after overcoming Landers-Murphy, she took on top seed and world No 13, Waikato's Joelle King, in the semifinals.
Despite a gutsy effort, the tournament favourite prevailed in straight sets, 11-4 11-5 11-4.
On Sunday, Craig and the other defeated semifinalist, Waikato's Kylie Lindsay, played off for third and fourth place. Third seed and world No 44 Lindsay was too strong and won in straight sets, 11-1 11-7 11-3.
King justified her top seeding to be crowned national champion, beating No 2 seed Hawkes 3-1 in a tight final. Second seeded Aucklander Campbell Grayson won the men's title by overcoming No 1 seed Martin Knight 3-0.
The national teams competition was being played at the same venue yesterday and today. Craig was playing for the Canterbury women's team.
- The Marlborough Express
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