Women’s Team First Round, Tuesday, 30th November 2010
Australia defeated Japan 3/0 in the first round of the pool matches at the World Team Championships.
New Zealand, Saturday, 27th November 2010
Arrived in New Zealand to represent Australia at the World Team Championships with Rachael Grinham, Sarah Fitzgerald and Donna Uquhart. Come on Aus!!! xx
Back home, Thursday, 18 November 2010
This week I have travelled home to see my family. Although still training, I have backed off to recover after months of travel and tournaments. I have not spent more than 2 weeks in a country since June so its nice to be home. However, the week has still been busy with local media, school and nursing home visits after my success at the Commonwealth Games. I feel very honoured to share my success with my home town of Taree and the local area. So far, I have done talks at Wingham Public and Wingham High Schools and will visit my former school of Taree West today. It was great to see the children’s reactions to holding the gold medal. I also visited the local nursing home, where I was able to share my experiences with the residents. They were all very excited and I was pleased I got to visit as I was informed one of the residents who watched my gold medal match, passed away yesterday. It has taught me that you cannot take life for granted and to make the most of everyday.
Tomorrow I will be travelling up to Brisbane to train with the Australian Institute of Sport before representing the country in the World Team Championships in a week, held in New Zealand.
Qatar Classic, Wednesday, 10 November 2010
The first round of the Qatar Classic saw me come up against New Zealander, Kylie Lindsay. I got off to a great start winning the first game 11/0. Everything seemed to be coming off the racket perfectly. However, Kylie fought in the 2nd and 3rd games but I came away with the win with a 11/6, 11/9 scoreline.
In the second round, I was drawn to play an in-form World Number 8, Vanessa Atkinson. I knew this was going to be a tough game as Vanessa has great experience and is a former World Number 1. I made a come back in the 1st game to scrape it 11/9. I lost the 2nd game but won a tight 3rd game 13/11. Vanessa really stepped it up in the 4th and the beginning of the 5th and had been playing flawless squash, setting up some really tough rallies. However, Vanessa made a run of errors at the end of the 5th and I was able to win the last game 11/6, winning the match in 67 mins.
In the quarter finals, I was drawn to play World Number 1, Nicol David. Nicol has not lost in the last 53 matches and is really in form after winning the Commonwealth Games. Although not feeling as fresh as I would have liked, I played good squash but was not able to win the tight games, going down 6/11, 10/12, 7/11. However, it has given me the motivation to work hard and beat her next time.
Kasey Brown xx