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Four NZers line up for 2019 British Open

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The prestigious British Squash Open gets underway in Hull tonight with four Kiwi players taking part.

First on court will be Rotorua’s Amanda Landers-Murphy who has a tough first round match against Joey Chan (Hong Kong) ranked 19th in the world.

Women’s fifth seed Joelle King has a bye first round and will play either Malaysian, Low Wee Wren or Fiona Moverley (England) in the second round on Wednesday morning NZT.

King reached the quarter-finals of the tournament 2012 - 15. Last year King was beaten in the second round by Tesni Evans (Wales) after earlier defeating Landers-Murphy in the first round.

In the men’s draw New Zealand No.2 Campbell Grayson takes on Nicholas Mueller (Switzerland) ranked 25 in his first round match overnight.

Tournament fourth seed Paul Coll has a bye in the first round and will face Welshman, Joel Makin in his second round match Wednesday morning. In 2018 Coll had his best performance at the Open with a quarter-final result.

Two New Zealand woman have won the British Open; Dame Susan Devoy on eight occasions and Leilani Joyce twice (1999, 2000). Cecile Fleming was a finalist in 1973 and Carol Owens in 2001.

Ross Norman has been the only New Zealand male to reach the final of the tournament. He made the title playoff in 1986 but lost to Pakistani great, Jahangir Khan

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