Madeline a strong force in the Quarters

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It’s the women’s chance now to get on the glass court and felt good to be on there again. Madeline and I were working the court in the beginning of the first game with nothing too outrageous but just getting our bearings right around the court. I took advantage on certain opportunities at the end of that first game to take that game.

Mum and Dad were there!

Mum and Dad were there!

In the second, Madeline was determined to get things going and it was very close all the way with good lengths and more long rallies. It was a little tough to gauge the ball at times so I let a few chances go while she took it on further. After winning a close second game, the third I just did what I could do to take the lead but Madeline didn’t let it go. She caught up to 9-9 but when I got to 10-9 match ball, I made an error off my volley forehand drop that gave her a little bit of hope to get that game off me.

When she came into the fourth game, she went for everything and it came her way throughout that game. I was working to get back to how it was in the earlier games but she had too big a lead to get it back from her.

Then it boiled down to the fifth game and with my focus a little up and down, I gave it everything but Madeline decided to go for it one last time. True enough, it went to her favour at 9-10 match ball off my serve hitting a forehand volley cross-court nick to win.

It’s disappointing to lose but at the same time fair play to Madeline for putting up a great effort while playing her best squash with me to come back with a win. Will hope to take what went on and move forward now to the next tournament.

Thanks again for supporting us Squash Stars.


  1. Lorraine Siew

    September 13, 2009

    Hi Nicol,
    thanks for keeping us all updated throughout the tournament. Better luck in the World’s. We love you! :)

  2. Fujii_Itsuki

    September 13, 2009

    It’s okay Nicol. Was a close match where 2 people gave their best! You did great! Keep on doing whatcha doing. We’ll be supporting you!

  3. Liliyusoff

    September 14, 2009

    Its ok Nicol.. It was a great fight till the end.. Best of luck for the World’s k.. Go get em gal… Cheers :)

  4. Arthur Curran

    September 14, 2009

    What a lovely young lady you are Nicol, taking defeat with such grace and poise. I have every admiration for you as you know, but Madeline was just so determined last night and played what must have been her best match ever. She has followed this up tonight with another great win over Alison, so good luck to her in the final tomorrow.

  5. Bill Lee

    September 15, 2009

    2nd loss in 2 years! That’s a great feat by any measure. So totally not disappointed with your loss, but happy and proud of your achievement. Take that with you into the Worlds.

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