18 Aug 2009

Grinham wins NZ squash Open

5:07 am on 18 August 2009

The world women's squash number three Natalie Grinham gained her first gold star victory of the year with a straight-games win over top seed Natalie Grainger of the United States in a dominant victory in the final of the New Zealand Open in Mt Maunganui.

Third seed Campbell Grayson edged out his training partner Martin Knight in an all-kiwi final of the New Zealand Men's Classic.

Four-time world squash champion Dame Susan Devoy believes the revamped Open can form a crucial part of the sport's future in this country.

It is the first time in 16 years that the New Zealand Open has been staged.

Devoy says it is important for the profile of the game here and it shows our young players where they need to get to, and it's been a real boost for the likes of Joelle King and Shelley Kitchen who have played well this week.