Hughes claims under-19 final

By RACHAEL BORICH ? FORMER Rockhampton-based squash star Peta Hughes has stumbled over a hurdle and hit back with winning form.

Hughes, now living in Brisbane, won the under-19 girls final in the Australian team first selection tournament in Adelaide on Monday.

Making a great start to her selection claims, Hughes defeated fellow AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) player Donna Urquhart 3-1.

Another former Rockhamptonbased player now in Brisbane, Kasey Sinclair, also impressed placing third with a 3-1 victory over New Zealand's Kerry Wickett.

Hughes' victory was a big weight off her shoulders.

Since making the move to Brisbane two months ago Hughes, 18, has had to adapt to new lifestyle and working with a coach.

Hughes was mainly self-coached in Rockhampton.

"I was a bit worried coming into this series because I hadn't been playing well,'' Hughes said.

"I was having a hard time getting used to the training and it was a bit different having someone fully watching you.''

However, Hughes is now back on track for Australian selection.

The series continues in Adelaide today and the third, and final, round is played in Brisbane on May 28-29.

Australian teams will be announced after the Brisbane event.

The Australian team will play a Trans-Tasman series in June.

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