Archive for April, 2010

DEVELOPMENT CLINICS II

Posted in Uncategorized on April 29, 2010 by siyoli

SQUASH DATES 2nd TERM 2010

Training Days at Villagers Squash Club
MONDAYS 15h15 – 16h15
Primary School Students

THURSDAYS 16h00 – 17h00
High School Students

Special Events
SATURDAY 1st MAY
Clinic at Villagers Squash Club, 10h30 – 12h30
Topic: Serving, Movement, Playing the Game

SATURDAY 8th MAY
Clinic at Villagers Squash Club, 10h30 – 12h30
Topic: Scoring, Hitting the ball into corners, Matches

FRIDAY 14TH MAY
Mini Junior Tournament, 14h00 – 17h00

*** Come Watch Siyoli play Senior Western Province Championships Finals Day at WPCC (in Avenue de Mist, Rondebosch) at 18h00 ***

SATURDAY 5th JUNE
End of Term Fun tournament, 09h00 – 12h30
Special Prizes

Holiday Squash Camps
Week 1: WED 16TH – FRI 18TH JUNE, 10h00 – 13h00
Week 2: WED 23RD – FRI 25TH JUNE, 10h00 – 13h00
Week 3: WED 30TH – FRI 2ND JULY, 10h00 – 13h00

Contact: Siyoli Waters 0799969483 to inform me number of learners to attend these sessions.

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CAYMAN OPEN ROUNDUP

Posted in Uncategorized on April 19, 2010 by siyoli

Opponent: Alana Miller
Country: Canada
World Ranking: No.38
Result: Lost 3-0; 12/10, 11/9, 11/7

A tough way you lose, considering I had a great start in the first game. My game plan was to play aggressively, attacking the loose ball every opportunity I received. This gave me an 8-0 lead, much to my surprise, then she settled, changed the pace and placed the ball better…then I started focusing on my errors, and started playing a much safer game. This means I stopped attacking her, which gave her space to breathe and get her rhythm back. Anyway…I know I should have kept up the pace. Now, I need to move on from this.

I knew this tour to the United States and Cayman Island was going to be a tough one. Both tournaments had the best players in the world competing in them. The Texas Open had the World No.4 as the No.1 seed and the Cayman Open had 8 of the Top 10 players in the world. So why waste time, money and energy making a trip where you’re set up to lose in the first round?

My answer is this: If I am selected to play for South Africa to compete in the World Team Championships at the end of the year, SA Squash will pick four of us to go. Three players play each fixture, where the No.1 of one team plays the No.1 of the other, No.2 plays No.2 and No.3 plays No.3 etc. Now, if RSA had to play Egypt, we would face people with world rankings No.6, No.14 and No.16. If we played England, world No.2, No.4, No.8…Malaysia: No.1, No.22, No.31…USA: No.6, No.21, No.46…Hong Kong: No.17, No.18, No.29…France: No.11, No.20, No 69. I’m sure you get the picture.

Therefore, as important as it is that I must compete in smaller tournaments where I can progress through the rounds by having good wins and earning much needed ranking points, it is also important to be in regular view of the bigger picture, and to keep testing myself against the “bigger girls”, whom I’m likely to face in major championships. Ultimately, I am working towards being able to beat them, not just give them run.

I watched lots of matches, took down notes and analysed plenty. But there is also another lesson I learnt, which was actually off the court. I got direct glimpses of what makes certain tournaments run successfully. The Cayman Open tops the charts, from athlete privileges, spectator participation, junior involvement, to sponsor exposure. I fill like I’ve just received a crash course on how to run a wonderfully successful tournament. Brilliant!

CAYMAN ISLAND OPEN

Posted in Uncategorized on April 11, 2010 by siyoli

DAY 1: 1st Round Qualifier

My Opponent: Alana Miller
Country: Canada
World Ranking: No. 38

Tenille’s Opponent: Miranda Ranier
Country: Canada
World Ranking: No. 48

I have seen much of the island yet, because we arrived at 4pm and had to head straight to the courts for practice, once we located our hotel. What we have seen thus far is beautiful.

More squash (and island) updates tomorrow.

Texas Exit

Posted in Uncategorized on April 8, 2010 by siyoli

DAY TWO
2nd Round Qualifiers: Wednesday 7th April

My Opponent: Tenille Swartz
Country: South Africa
World Ranking: No.66
Result: Lost 3-1; 11/4 11/3 10/12 11/3

It wasn’t the greatest start that i wanted. My length shot kept clipping the side wall and bouncing in the middle of the court (maybe because i was trying to hit it too hard), which set the ball for her to play her sweet drop shot.

The third game went a little better, more patient, didn’t try too many fancy things, and kept it error free. The thing is, you need to work a little bit befor you can try stuff because she is quick. So when she’s fresh, you need to be more accurate with your shots. Most rallies that were long were in my favour.

Fourth game, needed a bit more of the patience. I let her get ahead too quickly. That needs to be my next focus – that scoreboard should not race too far out of my reach too quickly.

Next is Cayman Island on Sunday. Watch this space!!!

TEXAS RESULTS

Posted in Uncategorized on April 7, 2010 by siyoli

DAY ONE
1st Round Qualifiers: Tuesday 6th April

My Opponent: Elise Ng
Country: Hong Kong
World Ranking: No.52
Results: Won 3-0; 11/8 11/4 11/3

Tenille’s Opponent: Carrie Hastings
Country: England
World Ranking: No.118
Results: Won 3-0; 11/6 11/3 11/6

Adel’s Opponent: Alexandra Norman
Country: Canada
World Ranking: No.59
Results: Lost 3-0; 11/4 11/8 11/6

DAY TWO
2nd Round Qualifiers: Wednesday 7th April

My Opponent: Tenille Swartz
Country: South Africa
World Ranking: No.66

Surprise, surprise. We travel all the way to America to be drawn to play against each other!!!

TEXAS OPEN

Posted in Uncategorized on April 6, 2010 by siyoli

The Easter weekend found me travelling to the United States of America for the very first time. I left Cape Town on Friday the 2nd of April at 3pm, arrived in New York around 7am (USA time, 5 hours behind South Africa), then had the whole day to kill before I caught my flight to Houston, Texas at about 7pm, only to arrive at midnight in Houston (7 hours behind SA). That meant i spent the day walking around all the famous streets of Manhattan, and rested my weary feet in Central Park, where people seemed to be enjoying the sun, picnicking, jogging (like we always see in the movies) and having quality time with their families.

Easter Sunday was beautiful. I woke up very early, contrary to the jet-leg syndrome, and decided to join my lovely host family in attending the Easter church service. I also went to visit the biggest church in America, Lakewood Church (which this week finally purchased the 16000 seater stadium that they have been using for the last 8 years). Incredible!!

I tested out the squash courts afterwards, just to get the legs moving. Soon after this, i could feel my body was needing it’s sleep again. There are two other South Africans in the tournament: Tenille Swartz and Adel Weir-Nunan. We will all be playing qualifiying matches on Tuesday.

1st Round Qualifiers: Tuesday 6th April

My Opponent: Elise Ng
Country: Hong Kong
World Ranking: No.52

Tenille’s Opponent: Carrie Hastings
Country: England
World Ranking: No.118

Adel’s Opponent: Alexandra Norman
Country: Canada
World Ranking: No.59

For the whole draw and daily updates, please visit: http://www.wispa.net and click on “Draws and Results”.

NEW WORLD RANKING

Posted in Uncategorized on April 6, 2010 by siyoli

April 2010: World No. 83

March 2010: World No.86
February 2010: World No.91
January 2010: World No.113
December 2009: World No.138
November 2009: World No.170
August 2009: World No.154
July 2009: World No.158
June 2009: World No.183
May 2009: World No.176
April 2009: World No.189
March 2009: World No.188
February 2009: World No.210
January 2009: World No.249