January- March 2017

The past few months have flown by! I played a lot of tournaments and have felt that I’ve gotten better with each one. Really excited because my ranking has jumped from 54 up to 45! Below I have briefly summarized all my PSA events from January to March.

Tournament of Champions World Series: Result: First Round Qualifying:

I played Sam Teran in my first round of qualifying and unfortunately lost 3-0. It wasn’t my best squash but it helped me get back into tournament mode.

Delaware Open 10k. Result: Quarterfinals

I won my first round against a local player in 3 straight games, then I played Sam Cornett in the quarterfinals. For the first time in months I felt great on court and won the first two games. Unfortunately I started to self implode and she picked up her game and I lost in 5… frustrating! Fortunately my next tournament was only a week away so I couldn’t dwell on the loss for long.

Winnipeg Open 10k. Result: Semifinals

I won my first round match against another local player in 3 games. The following day I played Nikki Todd and that was one of the toughest mental matches I’ve played. We are really good friends and I found it hard to focus on the game. Fortunately I won in 5 after a long hard match. Onto the semis against Sam. I felt a little flat during the match but was able to adapt my game to lengthen the rallies and make her work harder; however, she beat me again, this time in 4.

Windy City Open World Series. Result: First Round Qualifying

In the first round of qualifying I played Nadine Shahin from Egypt. She won the first two games, then I won the third and fourth. In the fifth game I had a VERY slow start. I was down 8-0, but somehow I managed to tie the game up at 9-9, but went on to lose 11-9. Almost completed the comeback! Even though I lost, it helped me build confidence going into my next event.

Texas Open 35k. Result: Quarterfinals 

Very please with my performance in Dallas. I won my first two rounds of qualifying- first round against Sachika Ingale and the second against Tamika Saxby. I felt great on court in both of the matches and was confident going into the main draw. In the round of 16 I played Line Hansen and had the biggest win of my career to date, winning the match in 4 games. Everything was clicking and I felt invincible on court. In the quarterfinals I played Annie Au (world ranked #12). She is the highest ranked player I have ever played in PSA and I noticed the difference in her level relative to mine. She was more consistent and precise. I lost in 4 games, but was really happy with how I played and enjoyed having the opportunity to play her.

Calgary CFO Open 15k. Result: Finalist 

This is probably my favourite tournament of the year because I get to play at home in front of a home crowd! In my first round I played Sachika and won in 4 games. In the quarterfinals I played Tong Tsz-Wing and won in a tough 4 games. In the semifinals I played Rachel Grinham. It is always a pleasure to play Rachel because she is so creative on court, but that also makes her very difficult to beat. We had very dynamic rallies that were exhausting! She let me off the hook and started making errors towards the end of the match which helped me win in 4 games. Really happy with how I performed and was excited to play in the finals against Sam. Unfortunately I didn’t perform to the best of my abilities in the final. Sam completely outplayed me- she had a great game plan and was more pumped up and focused than I was. It was disappointing to feel flat and unfocused in such an important match. I wish I could have pushed her a harder. Overall it was a good week and can’t be too disappointed with my match against Sam.

Each of my “short” summaries got longer as I went. If you made it this far, thanks for reading!

Canadian Professional Squash Player, Cornell '15

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