Singapore Masters 2011
I apologise on my lack of updating efficiency. I’d like to take you through the Singapore Masters event which I played last month. I love Singapore and the organisers did a wonderful event. I played my first round match against Pamela Chua from Singapore, a young and upcoming local. Chua hasn’t had much exposure to the high level WISPA events and she was a bit nervous and I was able to win 11/4, 11/2, 11/3.
The quarter finals saw me play Laura Massaro of England. I knew this would be a hard match as Laura has been in form this year. After dropping the first game, I was able to regain composure and change my tactics to win the 2nd. It was a hard match both mentally and physically and Laura looked confident in taking the ball in short. Although being up in the 3rd game, I lost a few points at crucial times which saw me go down 8/11. The fourth set again was very tight. Laura stayed strong and consistent and again I lost a tight game. Although I felt like I was structuring points well, I struggled to end the rallies and that’s what let me down on the day. Laura stayed consistent throughout the tournament winning her semi final against World Number 1, Nicol David, which shows that she is someone to look out for.
Next on the cards, the Australian Open.
Australian Open 2011
A few weeks ago I played the Australian Open, a tournament which means so much to me (and I’m sure to all of the Aussies). I knew I had a tough draw coming into the event but just wanted to take it one match at a time. I felt I had been training well coming into the tournament and I was excited to see if it would all come together for me. My first match was played at Woden Squash Centre against Amanda Cranston of New Zealand. I wanted to work my way into the event and played well to win 11/2, 11/7, 11/3.
This year’s tournament saw a split second round of the women’s event, which is unusual but necessary due to scheduling on the glass court. I had a day off to again set my focus on the next round against former World Number 2, Natalie Grinham. I had set a good game plan with my coach, Rod Martin and the plan was that he would coach me by viewing Squashtv and calling me in between games (as scheduled). Unfortunately, on the morning of my match, I was informed Squashtv was no longer showing the women’s matches. This was very disappointing for women’s squash but I was still confident in my plan.
It worked well and although losing a close first game, I won the next 11/7. It was during the second game in which I started to feel ill but was focussed on my match. I gained a lead of 10/6 but Natalie showed her tenacity and came back to make it 10 all. I lost that game 10/12. I continued to struggle physically and spent the 4th game trying not to throw up on court but was never going to forfeit. The match got to 9-9 when Natalie hit a lucky winner and then had the momentum to take the final point and I went down in 4. Although feeling sick, there are no second chances and I just needed to keep going (I payed for it in the following 2 days).
Unfortunately, I didn’t come out with a win but Natalie played well to deserve a quarter final position. Although my game didn’t come together during the event, I just want to thank everyone who came out to support me during the Open and to my coach, Rod Martin, who has always been so supportive of me. It means so much.