After a good pre season, a few changes and about 10 weeks since my last event I was pretty pumped and anxious to get playing and see where I was at! Charlottesville was first up with an edgy start but after pulling through in what was an ugly match if I’ve ever been involved in one v Omar Sobhy I was a little more relaxed v Declan James and though disappointed to lose in 4 – I was happy with certain elements of my game and having a quick turnover before the Phoenix open I was feeling confident in some of the changes I’d made and trusted that the more I played the better I’d get.
A tough draw in Phoenix put me up against Diego Elias, current world junior champ, who has already had some good wins on tour and notched up a few titles. The 1st didn’t go so well for me – I got completely schooled! Couldn’t find a length and he had me everywhere! having said that toward the end of the set I got into a few rallies and so felt no need to panic as there was a long way to go and I felt pretty good, which was a little bizarre considering I got chopped.
From there on in I was able to get a better foothold in the match and and in the middle of each game after some brutal rallies I kept pushing and mentally stayed tough to stick to what I was doing and about 75 mins later I was 10/6 and matchball in the fourth only for Diego to play some great squash to pull back to 10/10 but thankfully I didn’t panic and managed to close it out 13/11.
Next up was Lucas serme and I came up short in each game. For the most part in each set I played well but had lapses in each set which saw Lucas grab a mini lead in each game and hold on 11/8,8,9. It was so frustrating as had I snook a game I felt I would’ve swung the game in my favour but to be fair the lad played some good squash and it was decent performance from me. So although disappointed I’m pretty content for now where my game is at and looking forward to my next few events – Chevy Chase and U.S. Open