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New Zealand squash player Megan Craig wins PSA Women's Player of Month award

New Zealand's Megan Craig has been awarded the PSA Women's Player of the Month award for June after a succession of fine performances.

Craig, from Blenheim, made the most of a series of events on home soil, reaching two finals and a semifinal in the space of three weeks on the world tour.

The 22-year-old kicked off the month at the Fitzherbert Rowe Manawatu Lawyers New Zealand International Classic in Palmerston North, where she reached the last four before bowing out to eventual champion Joey Chan from Hong Kong.

A week later, Craig stepped it up a gear to take out the Squashways Canterbury International Open in Christchurch.

The second-seeded Kiwi produced one of the best performances of her career to beat top seed Siyoli Waters in a five-game thriller in the final, despite conceding some 20 places to the South African on the world rankings.

It was the ninth world tour title of Craig's career, but the first on home soil.

She then dispatched Waters in another thriller in the semifinals of the Invercargill Licensing Trust NZ Southern Open a week later, before going down in four games to Japan's Misaki Kobayashi in the title-decider.

The impressive run has also seen Craig climb to number 38 in the latest world rankings.

Fellow Kiwi Ellie Epke also had a good month, climbing 89 places to 141 - the biggest jump of any player on tour.

Meanwhile, Campbell Grayson remains the highest ranked Kiwi on the men's list at No 51 in the world, but has rising star Paul Coll breathing down his neck.

Coll has leapfrogged Martin Knight to be New Zealand's second highest ranked player at No 55, with Knight ranked at number 62.

Source - Stuff