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Tamika Scoops Sandgate for Title Two

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 It was only a few weeks ago that Tamika Saxby won her first PSA Tour Title but she has been quick to re affirm that it was not a one off as she swept to victory in the Sandgate Open Qld at the weekend to secure her second PSA title on home soil. The win showed her class and maturity as a player as she dominated her opposition through the rounds. In the second round she came up against the No 1 seed  Sarah Cardwell WR 51 who she had beaten in the final of the Perth International in May.

With more match play Tamika’s all-round court skills have taken an upward pattern as she minimised any opportunities for her opponent and quickly controlled each game to run out winner in 4 games and move through to the semi-finals. 8/11 11/6 11/3/11/5.

The semi-final against Samantha Foyle Qld heightened the control Tamika was able to apply, as she quickly controlled the front court to wrapped up the match in straight games to take a place in the final.

In the Sandgate Open final spectators were treated to some high class entertainment with Tamika taking on No 2 Seed, Lisa Camilleri WR 69, before a home crowd.

At their last meeting in the semi-final of the Perth International Tamika won in three games.  In this tournament Tamika had shown that she was in great form and ready to challenge the experienced Camilleri.

The first game opened at a high tempo with Tamika gaining the early break to go one game up. The second was a similar pattern with Tamika working Camilleri to all corners and

maintaining the intensity throughout to go two games up. Camilleri responded in the third game and seized on some uncharacteristic errors by Saxby to draw back one game.

With renewed focus and determination, Tamika controlled the front court and the earlier efforts had taken their toll on Camilleri as she struggled with Saxby’s pace and precision shots as she finished the game with a volley nic to the forehand front court to close out the match 11/8 11/5 4/11 11/1.

 Saxby was jubilant with the win and performance “It’s great to get a second win at home” “ I had a strong first two games, however lost my way in the third game. I managed to piece it together for a strong fourth game” said Saxby 

 With the success of the Sandgate Open 2016 Tournament Host,  Nathan Turnbull indicated that he was looking forward to building on this year’s success and continuing the event in 2017

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Saxby Captures Perth Crown

There has been particular interest of the PSA Women’s International and Squash Australia Tour for local star, Tamika Saxby who has won her first PSA World Tour silverware after coming through a tough five games victory against No 1 seed, Sarah Cardwell of Victoria.

This was only Tamika’s second tournament back since returning to competition here in Australia after a two year stay in the UK where she was based in Edinburgh Scotland for training and competition.

It has been hard work that has paid dividends for the talented star as both players didn’t conceded any games advancing to the final of the Perth International. In earlier matches Saxby
despatched Korean Hwayeong Eum whilst Cardwell removed Seo, also of Korea before advancing to the final four. Cardwell WR 51 advanced to the final with a win over fellow Australian Samantha Foyle Qld whilst Tamika encountered Lisa Camilleri Australian and World Ranked 69 in the second semi-final and swept into the final without dropping a game.

This was the first meeting of the two players for a couple of years as Tamika took the opening game in a close finish with Cardwell closing out the second in similar fashion to level the scores.
The third game saw a tight and strong finish for Tamika to go two-one up. With confidence growing little separated the players in the fourth game but unforced errors by Tamika allowed Cardwell to draw level. In the deciding fifth game Tamika took full advantage of poor shots by a tiring Cardwell as she romped to victory for the loss of 5 points to complete a 11/9 9/11 11/9 8/11 11/5 victory after 65 minutes and capture her first PSA World Tour title.

Tamika has a busy schedule in Australia with several events including the Sandgate Open Qld, NSW and South Australian Open’s as lead up events to the Australian Open in August to be held in Melbourne. She is currently enjoying the changed climate and open spaces that Coffs Harbour offers to pursue her training schedule and is on track for these upcoming events.
Tamika’s time abroad has given her a steely resilience , determination and toughness to cope on the professional circuit when in Europe and other parts of the world where conditions are very different to here in Australia. Her experiences at the Scottish High Performance Centre helped to hone her skills and her outlook is one of confidence and enthusiasm for the future.

We are very thrilled for Tamika to break through on the tour and excitement within the centre has been fantastic during the week. Tamika is excited about her prospects as she moves forward with renewed vigour and goals for the challenges ahead.

Tamika has been training at the Coffs Squash Centre twice daily in preparation for the tough competitive circuit in the next three months as part of the Squash Australia Tour. She currently travels to Brisbane for additional training and match sessions with elite players and has held discussions about the newly formed Elite program with National Coach Dan Jensen at Stafford Qld and is optimistic about future opportunities.


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