Craig falls in quarters

Marlborough squash player Megan Craig reached the quarterfinals of the McWil NSA Fall Classic tournament in Toronto, Canada, last week.

Ranked a career-high 51 in the world, 19-year-old Craig was fifth seed for the $10,000 WSA World Tour professional event. She took on qualifier and world No 137 Melissa Alves, of France, in the first round and was made to work hard for a 11-8 8-11 11-9 11-9 win.

That put Craig through to a quarterfinal against fourth seed Victoria Lust, of England. Lust has a world ranking of 68, but has been as high as 29 in her career. Though Craig pushed her in all three sets, the Englishwoman was able to record a 11-8 11-6 11-8 victory. There was a small consolation for the Kiwi, Lust going on to win the tournament by beating Welsh third seed Tesni Evans 3-2 in a five-set thriller.

Craig is on a 18-day trip to North America and is set to play in one other WSA World Tour event, the Madison Open in Wisconsin, which starts on Thursday (NZT).

The Marlborough Express