Karakal Profile, Sarah Cardwell

karakal Sarah CardwellSarah Cardwell is a professional squash player from Australia. Born in Melbourne, Sarah started playing squash at the age of 10 and is considered to be one of the top female squash players in Australia.

A regular member of the Australian national side, Sarah has represented her country at the Commonwealth Games on two occasions and also at the World Team Championships on four occasions. And her talents do not only extend to the squash court, as well as travelling the world on the PSA Tour, she has also completed a bachelor of business degree.

Sarah joined the PSA Tour in 2008 and lifted her first career title in January 2012 on home-soil at the Australia Day Challenge where she bested Liu Tsz-Ling in the final.

Sarah also achieved a runner-up finish at the New South Wales Open the following year and narrowly missed out on the WA Open and Mackay Open titles in 2014.

In May 2015 Sarah met Tsz-Ling in the final of the South Australian Open, but was beaten to the title in her home country and continued to reach finals. Later on in the year progressed through to the final of the Mackay Open where she was beaten by Vanessa Chu.

Back-to-back titles soon followed for the Australian as she lifted both the Queensland Open and Malaysian Tour Squash VIII titles, beating Lisa Camilleri and Teh Min Jie respectively. Two more runner-up finishes at the City of Perth Squash Challenge Open and China Squash Challenge Cup in 2016 saw Cardwell break into the world’s top 50 for the first time in her career.

2017 brought another final appearance for the Australian as she finished runner-up at the Delaware Women’s Open, where she was beaten in straight games by Kanzy Emad El Defrawy. She followed that with semi-final appearances at the Winnipeg Winter Club Women’s Open and the Victorian Open in 2017, before also making the last four of the Edinburgh Sports Club Open a year later.

Sarah had a good run of form in 2018, reaching the quarter-finals in all bar two events she made the main draw. Three consecutive last four appearances, at the City of Kalgoorlie Boulder Golden Open, Squashgym International Squash Classic and South Australian Open, were followed by a runner-up finish at the City of Greater Bendigo International. She also made the final of the Roberts & Morrow North Coast Open, along with two more finals in Melbourne and Bendigo a year later, along with a third runner-up finish in 2019 at the Sandgate Squash MS Open.

Sarah reached the final of the Sandgate Open in her first appearance of 2021, losing out to Tamika Hunt, and then made the semis of the Volkswagen Australian Open.

Sarah talents do not only extend to the squash court, as well as travelling the world on the PSA Tour, she has also completed a bachelor of business degree.

  • Born: October 1991
  • Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
  • Plays: Right Handed
  • Height: 158 cm
  • Coach: David Palmer
  • Interests: Shopping, Magic, Travel, Comedy, TV, Movies and Puppies.

PSA Tour Titles:

  • 2012 Australia Day Challenge
  • 2015 Queensland Open
  • 2015 Malaysian Tour Squash VIII

Other Major Tournament Appearances:

  • Commonwealth Games: 2014, 2018
  • World Team Championships: 2012, 2014, 2018, 2022

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