Player Watch - who's on court

Published Wed 15 May 2024

After a period dominated by junior competition in recent months, Australia's top players are back at it, taking on the best at home and around the world.

The World Championships are currently taking place in Egypt, where three Australians made their debuts on the biggest stage in the sport.

Jess Turnbull was given the formidable ask of taking on World No.1 and seven-time champion Nour El Sherbini in the opening around, and put in a gallant effort despite going down. All Australian players were drawn against local favourites, with Alex Haydon falling to Hana Ramadan while Joseph White was defeated by Yahya Elnawasany.

2024 CIB PSA World Championships
Cairo EGY | 9-18 May 2024
Round 1
[1] Nour El Sherbini (EGY) d Jess Turnbull (QLD) 3-0 (11-0, 11-4, 11-4)
Hana Ramadan (EGY) d Alex Haydon (SA) 3-0 (11-6, 12-10, 11-5)
Yahya Elnawasany (EGY) d Joseph White (NT) 3-1 (14-16, 11-5, 11-6, 11-6)

Closer to home, the Bendigo Bank NT Open was played in Darwin last week.

NT-born Rhys Dowling came into the event as top seed and hoped dearly to claim victory on home turf.

Neither he nor Japanese opponent Naoki Hayashi dropped a game on the way to the final, and the third seed jumped out to an early lead. However Dowling was able to regroup, taking out the hard-fought next three games to claim the PSA Challenger 3 title.

2024 Bendigo Bank NT Open
Darwin NT | 8-12 May 2024

[1] Rhys Dowling d Naoki Hayashi (JPN) 3-1 (8-11, 11-8, 11-6, 11-9)

On Thursday the Auckland Open kicks off in New Zealand where Madison Lyon is taking on the entire nation in the PSA Challenger 3 event.

Lyon is top seed for the event, with 15 other Kiwis filling out the main draw. If the tournament goes to seeding, Lyon could have yet another rematch with Ella Lash who she met in the final of both the Australian Junior Open and Oceania Junior Championships last month.

Lachlan Coxsedge, Cameron Darton and Connor Hayes feature in the 22-strong men's field where eight nations are represented.

Elsewhere, the ACE Challenger 6K is being held in Johor, Malaysia with Benjamin Ratcliffe the only Australian in the draw.


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