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US Open 2011 Last 16 v Dipika Pallikal

Today I played World Number 20, Dipika Pallikal in the last 16 of the US Open. A talented player and rising star, Dipika came out strong with attacking kill shots and a solid boast. I was able to get on top though and won the first game 11/8. I tightened up a little in the second but stayed ahead in the game to win 11/8. At the start of the 3rd game, Dipika cut her knee and injury time was given. Upon restarting I focussed on staying relaxed and tried to expose her movement with short rallies and won the third comfortably 11/6 in the 3rd game.

Tomorrow I play World Number 1, Nicol David of Malaysia in the quarter finals at 6pm.


US Open 2011 Quarter finals v Nicol David

Yesterday I played world number 1, Nicol David in the quarter finals of the US Open on the amazing glass court at Drexel University. It was even at the start of the first game, trading point for point, but I was able to surge ahead to take the first 11/9. In the second, I made some poor decisions and went a bit passive in my play and Nicol stayed consistent making only one error to take the second game 6/11.

My coach Rod Martin, told me I needed to attack early from the start of the 3rd while the ball was still cold which saw me take an early lead. Nicol evened the score to 9-9 but I played a winner at 10-9 to take the 3rd. I attacked early again in the 4th game and got to an 8-0 lead. Nicol fought back to 8-4 but I tried to stay relaxed and managed to win 11/4. I could not have won the match without the support of Rod and my team and I am very happy to have beaten the World Number 1. However, the tournament is not over and I have a rest day today and play my semi final tomorrow night against World Number 4, Madeline Perry.


US Open 2011 Semi Final v Madeline Perry

Last night I played the semi finals of the US Open in Philadelphia against World Number 4, Madeline Perry. Perry had been looking sharp leading up to the match so I knew it would be a tough fight. I took an early lead in the first game, playing and attacking well but I backed off a bit and Perry came back to even the score at 10/10. I maintained my composure though and hit a lucky boast to go 11/10 up and took the first game. My length dropped off a bit in the 2nd and that is dangerous against Perry who has the ability to dominate the T and she took the 2nd game 11/6. I refocused and attacked well in the 3rd to reverse the score, winning 11/6 and in the 4th, the scores were even at the start, but Madeline made some uncharacteristic errors which let me surge ahead and win the final game 11/6 in 67 mins.

Tonight I play an in form World Number 5, Laura Massaro at 6.30pm for the US Open Title.


US Open 2011 Final v Laura Massaro

Last night I faced an in form World Number 5, Laura Massaro in the final of the US Open. This was my first final of a World Series event and I was excited for the experience. I came out strong in the first game, maintaining my good form, I had in previous matches and moving the ball around to make Laura uncomfortable. In the second, Laura played very consistent as she does and I fell into the trap of playing a basic game, which she likes. From then, I found it hard to get the variety I had played in the first and Laura dominated the play. Her consistency proved too strong on the day and I went down in 4 sets.

It is a bittersweet finish to the event. Although disappointed with losing the final, overall I had a good tournament and it has given me confidence going into the next major tournaments of the year. The Qatar Open, World Open and Hong Kong Open Championships.


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