2022 Australian Open: Day Five wrap

by Lachlan Williams

Men’s pairs sectional play came to a close while women’s singles action got under way on day five of the 2022 Australian Open on the Gold Coast.

Defending women’s singles champion Natasha Van Eldik continued her winning way, securing three wins to book in a place in the knockout stages.

2021 finalist Jamie-Lee Worsnop also had no issues progressing, conceding 20 shots across her three sectional rounds at Broadbeach.

Right at Home Jackaroos Genevieve Delves, Dawn Hayman, and Kelsey Cottrell all controlled their sections with three wins, but it was a different story for their national teammates.

Lynsey Clarke dropped her first match of the day by one shot to Pamela Willetts, but was able to secure top spot with two wins and strong shot difference.

Carmen Anderson got the better of Chloe Stewart in section 63 at Southport, with Anderson progressing as the section winner and Stewart relying on a next-best qualification into the knockout phase.

In one of the more intriguing matchups of the day, close friends and soon to be Commonwealth Games teammates Ellen Ryan and Kristina Krstic found themselves in the same section, with Krstic edging out Ryan to take the section 21-18.

The 2015 singles champion will now rely on her plus 16 shot difference to advance.

2021 Australian Championships singles winner Bolivia Millerick dominated at Broadbeach with three wins, including a clinical display on Rinkside Live.

Section 76 at McKenzie Park was one to remember too, with three players winning two matches each. Cassandra Millerick, Paulina Lawrie and Carol Protopapas all recorded two wins, making shot difference all important for Lawrie and Protopapas, with Millerick topping the section by two shots.

Four women’s singles sections remain to be played out, taking place at Broadbeach on Thursday.

The final 22 sections of the men’s pairs competition also took to the greens on Wednesday.

The big name duo of Aaron Teys and Aron Sherriff won three from three to start their pairs campaign off perfectly.

Ryan Bester and Kevin Anderson also teamed up and advanced, as did John Green and Nick Cahill in a tight section.

Green and Cahill drew with John Davidson and Warren Holt, with Davidson and Holt good enough to work their way through as one of 17 next-best qualifiers.

SA’s Enio & Matthew Rossi topped the next-best duos, featuring the likes of Will Coad & Taelyn Male also sneaking through to the next stage after failing to top their group.

2021 winning pair Matt Johnstone and Cody Packer fell six shots short of the cutoff, meaning there will be no back-to-back men’s pairs champions this year.

The men’s pairs knockout stages will commence on Monday.

See the full list of men’s pairs & women’s singles sectional winners from day five here

See the men’s pairs knockout draw here