Landers-Murphy Adds to Aussie Title Haul

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Amanda Landers-Murphy claimed her third WSA World Tour title on Australian soil after winning the 2012 Hitachi Queensland Open.

The New Zealand international is yet to win a title outside of Australia, but the top seed came through a four-game battle against Olga Ertlova to clinch victory. Having received a bye through the first round, the world No.45 made short work of Grace McErvale, before coming back from a game behind to defeat Lotte Eriksen of Norway in the quarter finals. She then defeated South African No.6 seed Cheyna Tucker in the semis to set up the final contest against the Czech.

Ertlova was the second highest seed for most the of tournament, after No.2 Melody Francis suffered surprise elimination in the second round at the hand of Aparanjitha Balamuruken. The No.3 seed swept comfortably through the opening rounds, defeating locals Kristen Nightingale and Maggy Marshall before battling from two games down to a five-game victory over last week’s Ipswich Open winner, Anaka Alankamony. The world No.49 then saw off the challenge of Englishwoman Victoria Bell in a four-game semi-final, to meet Landers-Murphy in the tournament final.

It was the New Zealander who drew first blood, claiming a close first game and then from 6-4 down, won seven points in a row to win the second. Ertlova bounced back to win the third as she targeted Landers-Murphy’s weaker backhand, but the left-handed Kiwi was able to dominate the fourth game and win the title with her second match point.

Speaking afterwards, Landers-Murphy said: “I was just trying to stick to my game plan, I know she was trying to attack my backhand a lot and I was just trying to push up and stop it.

“She played some awesome shots in the third and I had to try and change my game up a bit because it just wasn’t working any more.”

Landers-Murphy now heads home to New Zealand to prepare for the World Women’s Teams Championship in France in November.

[1] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt [3] Olga Ertlova (CZE) 11-9, 11-6, 8-11, 11-5

[1] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt [6] Cheyna Tucker (RSA) 12-10, 11-3, 11-8 (29m)
[3] Olga Ertlova (CZE) bt [8] Victoria Bell (ENG) 11-9, 3-11, 11-9, 11-3 (45m)

[1] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt [5] Lotte Eriksen (NOR) 7-11, 11-7, 11-7, 11-6
[6] Cheyna Tucker (RSA) bt [4] Christine Nunn (AUS) 10-12, 11-8, 13-11, 11-7
[3] Olga Ertlova (CZE) bt [7] Anaka Alankamony (IND) 8-11, 6-11, 11-9, 11-8, 11-5
[8] Victoria Bell (ENG) bt [14] Aparajitha Balamurukan (IND) 11-3, 11-6, 6-11, 11-7

2nd round:
[1] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt [13] Grace McErvale (AUS) 11-3, 11-5, 11-2
[5] Lotte Eriksen (NOR) bt Zoe Petrovansky (AUS) 11-8, 4-11, 11-3, 11-3
[4] Christine Nunn (AUS) bt [9] Sally Skaarenborg (DEN) 11-5, 11-2, 11-8
[6] Cheyna Tucker (RSA) bt [11] Jessica Turnbull (AUS) 11-4, 6-11, 11-4, 11-8
[7] Anaka Alankamony (IND) bt [10] Larissa Huffer (AUS) 11-3, 11-5, 11-8
[3] Olga Ertlova (CZE) bt [12] Maggy Marshall (AUS) 11-4, 11-6, 11-5
[8] Victoria Bell (ENG) bt [16] Natalie Newton (AUS) 11-9, 11-6, 11-1
[14] Aparajitha Balamurukan (IND) bt [2] Melody Francis (AUS) 11-8, 11-9, 11-7

1st round:
[1] Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bye
[13] Grace McErvale (AUS) bt Samantha Calvert (AUS) 11-3, 11-8, 11-3
[5] Lotte Eriksen (NOR) bt Aimee Slatter (AUS) 11-7, 11-4, 11-3
Zoe Petrovansky (AUS) bt [15] Jennifer Brown (AUS) 11-5, 14-12, 11-0
[4] Christine Nunn (AUS) bt Melissa Bonello (AUS) 11-5, 11-0, 11-5
[9] Sally Skaarenborg (DEN) bt Iritana Gray (AUS) 11-2, 11-3, 11-4
[6] Cheyna Tucker (RSA) bt Lakeesha Rarere (AUS) 11-3, 11-5, 11-7
[11] Jessica Turnbull (AUS) bt Heather Pilley (AUS) 11-7, 11-5, 12-10
[10] Larissa Huffer (AUS) bt Tiffany Loss (AUS) 11-3, 11-4, 11-6
[7] Anaka Alankamony (IND) bt Stacey Cope (AUS) 11-3, 11-1, 11-6
[12] Maggy Marshall (AUS) bt Nathalie Sutter (AUS) 11-6, 11-0, 11-2
[3] Olga Ertlova (CZE) bt Kristen Nightingale (AUS) 11-1, 11-4, 11-2
[16] Natalie Newton (AUS) bt Taylor Flavell (NZL) 6-11, 11-9, 9-11, 11-6, 13-11
[8] Victoria Bell (ENG) bt Rebecca Baum (AUS) 11-6, 11-2, 11-3
[14] Aparajitha Balamurukan (IND) bt Jacqueline Barnes (AUS) 11-3, 11-9, 8-11, 11-8
[2] Melody Francis (AUS) bt Jasmin Burnard (AUS) 11-2, 11-3, 11-5


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