MEXICAN OPEN RESULTS

Mexicano de Raquetas 2012
1st Round, 3rd November
Opponent: Graciela Lopez
Nationality: Mexico
Seed: Qualifier
World Ranking: 139
Highest World Ranking: 111 (Oct 2011)
RESULT: Won 3-1  8/11, 11/7, 11/8, 11/4
 
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Quater-Final
Opponent: Nicolette Fernandes
Nationality: Guyana
Seed: Unseeded
World Ranking: 60
Highest World Ranking: 27 (May 2007)
Result: LOST 3-1 10/12,  11/7, 11/3, 11/4
 
Due to Hurrican Sandy, the tournament delayed the starting date to a day later. This  change allowed for players stranded in New York to have an opportunity to find flights to Mexico. Toluca is a city at high altitude. 2700m above sea level. So this may have an effect on our bodies. During the days of training, i felt the usual effects of altitude, which are shortness of breath quite early in the training session. But soon after 20min or so, regained some sort of comfort.
 
In my match against Nicollete, i started off feeling good, and expected the usual breathing issues. We were having some tough rallies in the first two games, each of us fighting for each precious point. Then in the 3rd game, i felt like i had been punched in the stomach. I couldn’t decide if i was hungry, or needed to throw up. I was then nowhere in the third, and just couldn’t recover fast enough in the fourth to be the same threat i was in the first half. I didn’t understand what was happening to me, or how i was feeling. I guess altitude sickness can hit you in a variety of ways. For next time i have been told that i must consume 4 times as much energy foods than usual. All in all, a win is a win, and I guess a loss is a loss, and mustn’t take anything away from her victory.
 
Next up: WORLD WOMEN’S TEAM CHAMPS, in NIMES, FRANCE
 
Watch this space!!!
 
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