Yesterday I was due to play my first round match of the Qatar Open at 7pm. Although feeling fine in the morning, I slowly deteriorated throughout the day with an upset stomach and felt lethargic. In the afternoon, I found it difficult to get off the bathroom floor and at 5.30pm, I asked to see the tournament doctor. I was taken to hospital and after waiting and being sick in the waiting room sink a few times, I finally had my blood pressure and temperature taken, only to be given a ticket for another waiting room.
It got to 6.30pm and I decided I wanted to at least try to play my match, so Mohammed and Ahmed raced me back to the hotel to pick up my squash bag and got me to the club with 5 mins to spare before my match. Getting changed in the car, I walked straight on court and decided to take it one game at a time. After losing a close first game 9/11, I decided to keep going and won the second 11/7. In the third I started to feel a bit dizzy and quickly slowed down. I lost the game 5/11 and had to make the decision to stop.
With the World Open only 2 weeks away, I thought it was best not to struggle through. The aim now is to get healthy once again and look toward doing well at the World Open in Holland.