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King Favoured to Win National Champs

Joelle King is the hot favourite to defend her title at the National Championships in Auckland this weekend.

Ranked number five in the world, it is no surprise that King is the top seed in the women's draw, as she bids to win the title for the fourth year in a row. However, victory is by no means a certainty, with three other players in the world's top 50 also in the mix.2012 JK at British Open (small)

Second seed Kylie Lindsay, ranked number 38, Amanda Landers-Murphy (39) and Megan Craig (46) are all capable of giving King a run for her money on their day.

Meanwhile, Campbell Grayson has top billing in the men's draw, but he too will have to be wary of his opposition.  Grayson is expected to resume his rivalry with second seed Martin Knight in the final, although rising star Paul Coll may have something to say about that.  Third seed Kashif Shuja is also lurking in the wings, ready to pounce if anyone is foolish enough to take him lightly on the court.  Fourth seeded Coll will be brimming with confidence after making the semifinals of the Tasmanian Open recently. 

The New Zealand National Squash Championships get underway at the Royal Oak Squash Club on Friday.



1. Joelle King vs Jacqui Kingi

Vicki Becker vs Alana Sincock

Danielle Fourie vs Michelle Heron

Alison Whyte vs Kerry Wickett

Ellie Epke vs Sophie O'Connell

Kate Cadigan vs Lisa Cowlard

Trina Moore vs Sacha Pou-Tito

4. Megan Craig vs Ellen Verry

3. Amanda Landers-Murphy vs Tracey Kimble

Trudy Englebretsen vs Becky Clarke

Abbie Palmer vs Sue (Suk Hee) Kim

Emma Sim vs Joanna Shanks

Emma Millar vs Gemma Gee

Georgina Shelton-Agar vs Eliza Sim

Hayley Hughes vs Nadine Cull

2. Kylie Lindsay vs Juee Bhide



1. Campbell Grayson vs Mark Millar

William Bicknell vs Matty Nation

Michael Pittams vs Mike Weston

Todd Redman vs Chris van der Salm

Lance Beddoes vs Scott Galloway

Shane Johnston vs Michael Sunderland

Ben Grindrod vs Jonathan Gallacher

4. Paul Coll vs Sion Wiggin

3. Kashif Shuja vs Michael Martin

Eugene Black vs Joseph Watts

Jonny Barnett vs Andrew Ellis

Steve Martin vs Christopher Lloyd

Zac Millar vs Thomas Nash

Grant Craig vs Mariu Te Kani-McQueen

Sam Atkins vs Cameron Jamieson

2. Martin Knight vs Bryce Redman

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