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DOUBLE VICTORY IN AUSTRALIA

Posted in Australian Squash, Finals, First Round, LASER LOGISTICS, Quarter Finals, Semi Finals, Squash pics, Squash Results, squash tournament, Technifibre on September 18, 2013 by siyoli

NORTH COAST OPEN 2013
Coff’s Harbour

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FINALS
(Sunday 8th September 2013)

Opponent: Christine Nunn
Country: Australia
Seed: 2
World Ranking: 74
Result: Won 3-1

Semi Final
(Sunday 8th September 2013)

Opponent: Tamika Saxby
Country: Australia
Seed: 4
World Ranking: 90
Result: 3-1

Quarter Final
(Saturday 7th September 2013)

Opponent: Jennifer Brown
Country: Australia
Seed: 8
World Ranking: 116
Result: Won 3-0

 

 

 

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WINNER IN SYDNEY

Posted in Australian Squash, Finals, First Round, LASER LOGISTICS, Quarter Finals, Semi Finals, Squash Results, squash tournament, Technifibre on September 18, 2013 by siyoli

NEW SOUTH WALES OPEN 2013

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FINALS
(Sunday 1st September 2013)
Opponent: Sarah Cardwell
Nationality: Australia
Seed: 2
World Ranking: 54
WON 3-1
 
Semi Final
(Saturday 31st August)
Opponent: Milnay Louw
Nationality: South Africa
Seed: Unseeded
World Ranking: 115
 
Quater Final
(Saturday 31st August)
Opponent: Tamika Saxby
Nationality: Australian
Seed: 5
World Ranking: 81
RESULT: WON 3-1 10/12 11/6 11/3 12/10
 
1st Round
(Friday 30th August)
Opponent: Lakeesha Rarere
Nationality: Australian
Tournament Seed: Unseeded
World Ranking:120
RESULT: WON 3-0

MACAU OPEN 2012

Posted in Asia Squash, Australian Squash, First Round, Quarter Finals, Upcoming Squash Events, USA Squash, WISPA squash players, world ranking on October 25, 2012 by siyoli
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1st ROUND  (18th October)
Opponent: Donna Urquhart
Nationality: Australia
Seed: 4
World Ranking: 17
RESULT: WON 3/2 9/11 8/11 11/5 11/7 11/9
 
A tough match in many ways, and super thrilled to have followed through and taken in in the end. I caused an upset by beating the World No.17, tournament 4th seed. I remember looking at the clock when i was 2-0 down, and seeing that we had only been playing for 20min, and i knew that i just wanted to make this match longer. Earlier, i had watched two player friends cause upsets themselves, and that reminded me that we have all trained hard to be here, and gotta grab our opportunities when they present themselves.
 
QUARTER FINALS
Opponent: Aisling Blake
Nationality: Ireland
Seed: 7
World Ranking: 26
Lost: 11/3 12/10 11/6
 
 
 I wish i could have backed up the next match with the same tenacious performance, but was too tentative and not as patient. I played like I was the one under pressure, but she was still the higher seed, with more to prove. This is something i must learn fast, to relax and continue to play my game fearlessly!
Slowly the puzzle pieces are falling into place:)
 
 
NEXT UP . . .
 
Pyramides International New York Open
(26th – 28th October)
 

AUGUST 2012 RESULTS

Posted in Africa Squash, Australian Squash on August 19, 2012 by siyoli

Australian Open (15th-19th August)

 

Opponent: Rachel Grinham

Country: Australia
World Ranking: No.9
Tournament Seed: No.7

Result: Lost 3-0; 11/8 13/11 11/9

It was a good experience to play her, as we have never played against each other before. She is the queen of disguise, quirky shots and varied pace, so you never know what’s coming.

I should have capitalized on my lead in the 2nd game, after being 9-4 up. but i took my foot off the pedal when i should have pushed harder. All in all, it was a long match, considering it was 3-0.
Here is another write up about the game:

 
SA Nationals
 
I had a good run at Nationals, ranked as the No.1 seed. I beat the current SA.No.1 on the rankings Milnay Louw, 3-0 in the semi-finals, but forgot how deadly left-handed Diana Argyle was. I haven’t played against her in over 3 years, and played completely the wrong game. We were both fighting to get the ball on each other’s backhands, and as a result i played far too many inaccurate cross courts, which were then preyed upon. Disappointed to lose that one, but who ever one, would have received their maiden SA Champ title. I lost 3-1.
 
 
NEXT UP:
MATAMATA OPEN, New Zealand
(21st – 26th August 2012)
 
 

 

BLOG CATCH UP: DEC 2010 – JULY 2011

Posted in Africa Squash, Asia Squash, Australian Squash, British Squash, Dipika Pallikal, European Squash, Finals, First Round, milestone, Qualifiers, Quarter Finals, Semi Finals, Squash Results, Upcoming Squash Events, WISPA squash players on September 5, 2011 by siyoli

BLOG UPDATE

So. It’s been a long time since I updated my blog. It has been a busy year with some exciting results, other results that I would like to forget and small milestones reached.

(All player’s rankings will be reported on their current August rankings.)

NEW SOUTH WALES OPEN, SYDNEY
JULY 2011

Opponent: Amanda Landers-Murphy
Country: New Zealand
World Ranking: No.66
Round Reached: Semi-Finals
Result: Lost 3-2

Hard match to lose considering I had beaten her the week before. She played well and went on to win the tournament. Some good lessons learned in that match.

QUEENSLAND OPEN, BRISBANE
JULY 2011

Opponent: Song Su Mi
Country: South Korea
World Ranking: No.50
Round Reached: Finals
Result: Won 3-0

It was so weird to end a tournament on a win. I guess we get so used to exiting a tournament on a loss. I played more calmly and clearly and it showed…and payed off. This was definitely the direct effect of the previous weeks training.

THREE CHEERS TO MY FIRST WIN ON THE TOUR!!!!

WISPA PYRAMIDES OPEN, PARIS
JUNE 2011

Opponent: Celia Allemargot
Country: France
World Ranking: No.81
Round Reached: Qualifying Finals
Result: Lost 3-0

This was a match that was tough to lose. I wanted to win that match, but just didn’t play well. The tension in my body was too obvious and affected how I played.

Fortunately, after the tournament, I went to Uk to visit family and friends, and also got the opportunity to train in Pontefract. The training I received there was exactly what I needed – a few things were mentioned before by others but no-one had ever been able to show me “how”.

SA NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS, JOHANNESBURG
JUNE 2011

June was a tough month on the squash court because I did not play the squash that I wanted. And the results did not lie either, I felt there was something I was doing wrong, but I did not know what it was.

Opponent: Tenille van der Merwe
Country: South Africa
SA Ranking: SA Champion
Round Reached: Semi Finals
Result: Lost 3-1

WESTERN PROVINCE OPEN, CAPE TOWN
JUNE 2011

Opponent: Milnay Louw
Country: South Africa
SA Ranking: SA No.1
Round Reached: Semi-Finals
Result: Lost 3-1

HURGHADA OPEN, EGYPT
MAY 2011

Opponent: Salma Hany
Country: Egypt
World Ranking: No.79
Round Reached: Qualifying Finals
Result: Lost 3-2

This match was a little weird for me. I don’t like making excuses, however, I would like to say that 5minutes before my match, I seemed to lose all energy that I had. It was weird – yes I all of a sudden felt really sleepy and lethargic.

That means that as the match started I felt groggy and dizzy, which on the squash court looked like I was playing purposeless shots and shoddy footwork.
Suddenly I was 2-0 down…then the electricity went off!! This was probably my lucky break…literally. The lights were off in the entire complex. After a few minutes, I decided to lie down, and had a little nap. After what I think was 20minutes, I woke up with the electricity still gone, but I did feel fresher.

The lights came back on, went back on court and managed to catch up to 2-2 in games, In the last game, Salma showed no signs of giving up, and I started playing the wrong game against her, which gave her more confidence. In the end, she won in a tie breaker. I guess this time, I woke up too late.


EGYPT CIRCUIT NO.1, CAIRO
MAY 2011

Opponent: Heba El Torky
Country: Egypt
World Ranking: No.29
Round Reached: Finals
Result: Lost 3-2

Heba is a strong fighter, so I knew the game was going to be somewhat physical and I would need to maintain my levels of positive aggressiveness. The match had a close result in the end, but I was more happy that I played the squash that I wanted to play.

HONG KONG OPEN
APRIL 2011

Opponent: Joshana Chinnapa
Country: India
World Ranking: No.31
Round Reached: Top 16
Result: Lost 3-0

The Indian girls are known for their deceptive moves. Joshna played well and did not allow me to settle into my game. It was a match that was a bit too short for my liking. It ‘s tough meeting the top players in the early rounds.

INDIA CHALLENGER NO.1, CHENNAI
APRIL 2011

Opponent: Dipika Palikal
Country: India
World Ranking: No.24
Round Reached: Top 16
Result: Lost 3-1

In this match, once again I was on the back foot from the beginning, with Dipika attacking me in the front of the court. The third game was long and had some great rallies and I played more confidently and began to attack her too. I soon had the egde and managed to take the game.
The fourth game is one I would love to forget. She played some great winners to start. Then I became too aware of the score line and lost focus. To close the match with a 11-0 loss, after taking the game before was bitterly disappointing…probably should be deemed “unacceptable”.

VINDEE WISPA OPEN, FRANCE
MARCH 2011

Opponent: Lauren Briggs
Country: England
World Ranking: No.49
Round Reached: Finals
Result: Lost 3-1

Lauren Briggs is a player that has had a ranking in the Top 30. Due to injury her ranking dropped and now she is back in the game. She was a tricky player to play – very calm and deceptive. It was a good experience to play against her game style.
THREE CHEERS TO MY FIRST FINAL!!!!! YEAH!

WORLD CUP TEAMS, INDIA
MARCH 2011

This was a team event where countries sent 3 men and 2 women.
Our SA Team comprised of Steve Coppinger, Clinton Leeuw, Rodney Durbach, Tenille ven der Merwe and yours truly.

Opponent: Raneem El Weielly
Country: Egypt
World Ranking: No.12
Result: Lost 3-0

SA team was in a pool with Egypt, France and Sri Lanka. Only the top two teams were going to make it through to the finals rounds. Unfortunately we lost against Egypt and France.

ISP 100TH CELEBRATION INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENT
FEBRUARY 2011

This was a tournament to celebrate Indian Squash. It was invitational and not for world ranking purposes.

Opponent: Siti Murina Jusoh
Country: Malaysia
World Ranking: No.47
Round Reached: Semi Finals
Result: Lost 3-2

PUNJ LLOYD INDIAN SQUASH TOURNAMENT
DECEMBER 2010

Opponent: Jaclyn Hawkes
Country: New Zealand
World Ranking: No.16
Round Reached: Top 16
Result: Lost 3-0

Jaclyn is known to be a steady player who doesn’t often make mistakes. That means you win by outlasting her or playing accurate attacking squash. In the first two games, I was the won who made the mistakes. I then got into it and was able to rally with her longer and play more accurately. Her experience got he better of me. Next time!!

UPCOMING EVENTS
September will see me playing in the USA. I am looking forward to it.
WATCH THIS SPACE!!

DREAD SERIES OPEN NO.1, WASHINGTON DC
1st – 4th SEPTEMBER 2011

ORANGE COUNTY OPEN, CALIFORNIA
8th -11th SEPTEMBER 2011

PHOENIX OPEN, USA
15th – 18th SEPTEMBER 2011