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[an error occurred while processing this directive] Thursday, 18 October, 2001, 13:31 GMT 14:31 UK
Fitz-Gerald thrashes Owens
Sarah Fitz-Gerald in action during her sem-final win over Carol Owens
Sarah Fitz-Gerald is aiming for a fifth World Open title
Sarah Fitz-Gerald took just 36 minutes to beat Carol Owens 9-1 9-1 9-5 in their women's World Open Squash Championships semi-final.

The Australian world number will meet New Zealand's Leilana Joyce in the final.

Fitz-Gerald, playing in her hometown of Melbourne, will be aiming for a record-equalling fourth World Open title on Friday.

Another win will take her past New Zealander Susan Devoy, who won four World Open crowns.

Fitz-Gerald took just seven minutes to win the first game against reigning champion Owens, her former training partner and compatriot.

Owens was returning to Melbourne for the first time since switching to represent New Zealand.

Forced to retire

She led 5-1 in the third game before Fitz-Gerald rallied to clinch the match with eight consecutive points.

Joyce, the number one seed, had a 9-3 9-5 10-8 semi-final win against British fourth-seeded Linda Charman-Smith.

At the WSF World Challenge, also in Melbourne, Nick Matthew was forced to retire against Australian number six seed, John Williams, ending British hopes.

The 20-year-old from Sheffield, the 1999 junior British Open champion, suffered a back injury in the opening game but battled on.

However, having lost the first two games 9-7 9-3, he decided he could not go on for the third.

The big shock was the defeat of French number one seed, Thierry Lincou, who went out in five games to Anthony Ricketts.

The Australian number nine seed won 4-9 9-4 2-9 9-1 9-2.

See also:

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