Being World Number 6
The WISPA February Rankings saw me rise a place to World Number 6. It is very hard to move up in the rankings at this point so I feel like the hard work I have put in these last 7 years is paying off. I owe alot to Rod Martin, the AIS, and the Australian Sports Commission for their support throughout my career. I hope I can continue to rise in the rankings to reach my goal of World Number 1.
Monday, 31 January 2011 @ 03:07
It was not a good day at the office. I lost to Amanda Sohby 2/3 in the first round of the Cleveland Open. After winning last week’s Harrow Greenwich Open, I found it difficult to back up mentally. I played a very tentative and passive game and Amanda has a very attacking style so she was able to dominate the play. I was able to get the match to 2/2 and I knew Amanda was tired and I was telling myself to step up, but it just wasn’t happening for me. I needed to win or lose the game on my terms but instead, just hoped Sobhy would make the error and I lost the match. You always learn more from losing and it is a tough lesson but this experience will only help me in the future.
Winning Harrow Greenwich Open
Friday, 28 January 2011 @ 13:23
Last week I competed in the Harrow Greenwich Open. This tournament means alot to me because it is located at my now home base of Greenwich and is sponsored by my major sponsor Harrow.
In the first round, I was drawn to play qualifier, Manuella Mannetta from Italy, who had had some tough matches in her previous rounds. It was a good match to start because Mannetta has great retrieving skills but I was able to dominate at the end of each game to win 11/7, 11/4, 11/7.
The second round, I came up against Raneem El Weleiley. Raneem is a very talented player, who I lost to this time last year. I got off to an edgy start but was able to compose myself throughout the match and played well in the 5th set to win 7/11, 12/10, 11/5, 5/11, 11/4.
In the semi final, I played World Number 6, Madeline Perry. Perry and I have had some tough matches last year and I knew this match would be just as tough. The match saw each of us trying to dominate the T and get an advantage on court. Fortunately, I was able to win a closely contested match 9/11, 11/9, 11/8, 11/9.
In the final, I came up against a surprise finalist in Joelle King, who took down top seed, Rachael Grinham on her way to the championship match. It seems her previous matches had taken a toll and King looked a bit flat in the final. However, I knew King would give it her all and I tried to dominate right from the start and was able to win a convincing final match 11/7, 11/2, 11/4.
I would like to thank my coach, Rod Martin who coached me throughout the event and to Harrow, who have supported me for the last 2 years. I hope I can continue my form into the next event, the Cleveland Open, which starts on Sunday.