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Squash Captain’s Report: Day 1 at World Champs 2014

Posted in Annie Au, Asia Squash, Canadian Squash, European Squash, First Round, Hong Kong Squash, milestone, Squash pics, Squash Results, squash tournament, Technifibre, Upcoming Squash Events, Volley drop, World Champs, world ranking on December 2, 2014 by siyoli

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The Women World Squash Team Championships 2014 have kicked off here in Canada, and there’s no turning back now. We are ranked 12th out of 20 teams, and our goal is to finish in the Top 10. In our pool we have some tough competitors, Hong Kong (4th), France (5th), India (13th), Austria (17th).

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We have already had a taste of defeat and victory on Day 1. The tough match was the first one where we played Hong Kong in the morning. The matches were all a lot closer than what they looked on paper. Each of us had pivotal moments in the matches which could have turned the matches around, especially in tie-breakers, but Hong Kong finished them off better than we did. All in all, the basic groundwork was there, but we just needed to take our opportunities better when they presented themselves. That is exactly what we did when we played Austria later in the same day, and each of us won our matches in straight games.

As the captain of SA Team, I am really excited about what we can accomplish here at White Oak Resorts and Spa, as this is the first time our squad consists of only WSA professionally ranked players. Every single player has been working hard to get the right level of exposure by playing tournaments on the pro circuit and training at various locations overseas. We have a strong team with myself at no.1, Milany Louw (2), Cheyna Tucker (3) and Alex Fuller (4).

We hope to really bring some African flavour to the World Champs this year, on and off the court. With the Niagara falls just down the road, a reminder of God’s awesome creation, there are plenty of things that can be a source of inspiration to us to be the best we can be. For so long, we look to admire what other nations are capable of doing. It is time to show what South Africans are also capable of doing. Go Team SA!!!

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For full results, visit http://www.wsfwomensteams.com

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KUWAIT OPEN DAY 2

Posted in Loud Yell, Quarter Finals, Squash Results, Volley drop, WISPA squash players on October 8, 2011 by siyoli

QUARTER FINALS (FRIDAY 7TH OCTOBER)
Opponent: Lisa Aitken
Nationality: Scotland
Tournament Seed: 6
World Ranking: 68
Result: Won 3-2; 10/12 11/7 8/11 11/9 11/9

I knew this was going to be a tough match. Lisa hits the ball really hard, but also volleys well. She is left handed, so at times i tried to keep the ball on her backhand. My cross court shots were not wide enough at that pace and often got me into trouble. In the last 3 games, she was always ahead of me in points and i had to work my way back into the game. The score line for the last game went something like this…6-3 to her, then an error into the tin from me 7-3; long rally then hard straight drive to the back from me 4-7; stroke to me, 5-7; stroke to her (which i think shouldn’t have been) 8-5, forehand volley drop winner,6-8; 9-6,another forehand volley drop winner 7-9; 8-9, long rally then stroke to me, 9-9; another long rally the volley cross court drop winner,10-9; rally down the left side, the straight drop, 11-9 to me, and I let out a loud yell of relief. I used every muscle in my body, including my voice muscles to propel me through the match. There was quite a lot of yelling in those last two games. “Come on!” “Yes!” “Keep at it!” All of this coming from someone who used to say nothing on court. It is just a small thing I’m learning that it’s ok to show i really want something. With time, i will have to bring it down a bit. I just didn’t want to go out like that today. By God’s grace and strength , somehow i pulled through. Lisa has really improved a lot since the last time I played her in March, where i won 3-0. I was just happy to get through that match as the winner…no matter what the score.

This night of squash was a feast of entertainment for the spectators, a nightmare for organisers. All matches had the full 3-2 scoreline and were over their 45 minute time allocation. My match was scheduled for 18h15, but i ended up playing at 20h00.
The top seed, Emma, was beaten by the 15 year old Egyptian rising star. My room mate Olga, narrowly lost out for a place in the semi finals, by two points, also beaten by a young Egyptian. I will play against Lauren, who beat another young Egyptian, who caused an upset the day before.

Full results on http://www.squashsite.co.uk/2009/sheikhaalsaad2011.htm

SEMI FINALS (SATURDAY 8TH OCTOBER)
Opponent: Lauren Selby
Nationality: England
Tournament Seed: 4
World Ranking: 58