Ngāti Porou descendant Joelle King has come back from an injury, to win the Australian Squash Open. Despite spending 6 months on the side after rupturing her archilles last August, she beat top seed Annie Au in the final to take her first major title since her injury.
A match between the 57th in the world Joelle King and number 11 Annie Au. Joelle was the first to strike.
Joelle, ruptured her archilles sidelining her for 6 months. She then dropped in the world rankings from 4th place, as she couldn't compete at an international level to hold that spot. Her injury didn't show on the court, winning the first set of the match.
Annie put up a fight, despite losing the first set 11 - 5, but hit a speed bump when her racket string failed.
Not long after Annie's second racket string failed her and she had to look for a new racket.
The Ngāti Porou descendant capatilised on this and took the second set 6-11.
Annie did manage to win 6 games, before Joelle won the second straight set.
Annie wasn't going to go out without a fight.
However in the end, Joelle stayed composed and won the third and final set, 11-9.
Joelle will now prepare for the NZ nationals held in Christchurch on the 21st of August.