In the November rankings 2010, I have moved to a career high of World Number 7. It has been a great few months with success at the Comonwealth Games and some good tournament results. I want to thank all of my sponsors and supporters who have gotten me to where I am. Six more spots to go 😀
COMMONWEALTH GAMES IN DELHI, INDIA
TORNEO INTERNATIONAL BICENTENARIO IN TOLUCA, MEXICO
I was very excited to be playing a tournament in Toluca, Mexico. For one, I had never been there before and it was nice to experience a new culture and it was going to be a new challenge playing in altitude. After spending a few days at the Mexican Institute of Sport, I headed to Toluca where the tournament organisers had set up the glass court in the midle of the city, which made for an amazing setting.
I got off to a good start, defeating Rebecca Chiu of Hong Kong in 3 sets. The conditions were cold which made for some quick rallies. It was good to defeat a very talented and experienced player.
Next up, I played World Number 2, Jenny Duncalf in the quarter finals. I played well and feel I adapted to the conditions better, winning 11/5, 12/14, 11/6, 8/11, 11/3. It was the biggest win of my career to date.
In the semi finals I played World Number 5, Rachael Grinham and got off to good start. Rachael’s experience showed and she change her game plan and won the next 2 games. I fought back to take a close 4th set and it was at 9 all in the 5th, that Rachael hit 2 winners to take the match. The scores were 11/8 2/11 8/11 11/9 9/11 (61mins).
All in all, a good tournament and confidence boost.
CAROL WEYMULLER OPEN IN BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, USA
One of my favourite tournaments has to be the Weymuller. In the past, I have never done very well, results-wise but the organisers have always done a fantastic job and the club members make the players so welcome. This tournament was no exception. I stayed with my long time billets (now adopted New York family) the Bernhards who I love staying with.
In the first round, I was drawn to play World Junior Champion, Amanda Sobhy who I train with often in New York. She played well and put up a good fight. I won 11/8, 11/4, 11/8.
In the quarters I played Samantha Teran, who has improved a lot in the last year. I knew this would be a hard match physically as the courts were quite bouncy and Teran has great retrieving skills. I played well in the first 2 games to go up 11/7, 11/3 but Samantha dug in well in the third and I had to save 2 game balls to win the last game 13/11.
I was drawn to play World Number 2, Jenny Duncalf again in the semi finals, having just beaten her in the Mexico Open, the week before and I was keen to consolidate on this. However, Jenny was out for revenge and got off to a good start, winning the first game 6/11. I found my rhythm in the 2nd and took the next 2 games 11/9, 11/8. There were very long and physical rallies and this took its toll. I knew I had to stay in front of Jenny but was becoming more and more difficult which meant Jenny was able to attack, and she did it so well. She took the 4th game 11/4 and got to an early lead in the 5th. I fought back but Jenny ran away with it in the end, winning the 5th game 11/7.
I am getting more confident with each tournament and now look forward to the Qatar Open, which starts on the 8th November.