Hedrick last Aussie standing in Brisbane
Melbourne’s Rex Hedrick will be aiming for his fifth PSA squash title of the year when he takes on Englishman Eddie Charlton in the final of the Queensland Open in Brisbane on Sunday.
Hedrick downed local favourite Nathan Stevenson in the first semi-final 10-12, 11-1, 11-5, 11-4 before Charlton saw off third seeded South Australian Mike Corren 5-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-1, 11-5.
Hedrick and Charlton have never met before but the Australian world number 70 heads into the match as slight favourite after winning the Australia Day Challenge in January then claiming titles in Canberra, Adelaide and Sydney.
The women’s final will be between top seeded New Zealander Amanda Landers-Murphy and third ranked Czech player Olga Ertlova.
Landers-Murphy downed South Africa’s Cheyna Tucker 12-10, 11-3, 11-8 while Ertlova outlasted England’s Victoria Bell 11-9, 3-11, 11-9, 11-3.
Results – prefix denotes seeding:
1-Rex Hedrick (AUS) bt 8-Nathan Stevenson (AUS) 10-12, 11-1, 11-5, 11-4
3-Eddie Charlton (ENG) bt 2-Mike Corren (AUS) 5-11, 7-11, 11-9, 11-1, 11-5
1-Amanda Landers-Murphy (NZL) bt 6-Cheyna Tucker (RSA) 12-10, 11-3, 11-8
3-Olga Ertlova (CZE) bt 8-Victoria Bell (ENG) 11-9, 3-11, 11-9, 11-3