It was a new way to start the year for me being in London for a tournament. This is the first time since the British JUNIOR Open that I’ve played a match on the 4th of January… that’s a looooong time ago!
The top 8 women were joined with the top 8 men for the first time in this ATCO World Series Finals. It was a best of 3 games throughout the event up til the finals where we played a best of 5 games.
The players and officials stayed at the very modern Hotel Verta in Battersea, right by the river Thames. The hotel spa was the best I’d seen and all the players were trying to sneak in a spa session whenever they could… myself included!
The event was held at the prestigious Queen’s Club with a glass court set up in the indoor tennis courts. This was a serious set up and it looked spectacular.
Pool matches (Group A)
Camille Serme – 11/6, 11/6 (17m)
Court conditions were very cold and the rallies started off shorter than normal. She got going more in the second but I kept the lead til the end winning 2-0.
Donna Urquhart – 11/4, 11/4 (15m)
Similar conditions to the previous game. I got a good start in both games and was feeling the corners much better against her. I won in 2 games.
Madeline Perry – 11/6, 12/10 (25m)
We had some longer rallies in this match, however she made some errors in the first game to give me a 1 game lead. The 2nd game went to a tie breaker but I kept to my game plan to win 12-10.
Semis against Laura Massaro – 8/11, 11/4, 11/3 (33m)
Great audience for the semis. Laura took in the support from the home crowd and got a flow to take the first game. I found my depth in the second and worked the court better while she made a few mistakes. I took it a step further in the 3rd game and won it 2-1.
Finals against Madeline Perry – 11/9, 11/9, 11/9 (41m)
It was a completely different match playing in the finals with Madeline instead of the pool matches. Both of us kept stepping up the pace and intensifying the rallies with Madeline trying to go for every shot presented to her. She took the lead throughout the match but I pulled it off winning it 3-0.
It was a very well run event by the Eventis team lead by Tim Garner and to have Sky Sports covering this LIVE in London was extra special.
A nice start to the year for me and off to Cleveland next week for my first WSA tournament of the year. Looking forward!
[Photo credits to Jordan Mansfield. His fantastic shots throughout the tournament can be viewed here.]